The Bible tells us in Acts 17:27-28 ‘God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. ‘For in him we live and move and have our being’. In this scripture lies the underlying answer to the questions raised above. God’s desire is for us to seek Him and to have a relationship with Him, for us to reach out and to find him and ‘in him we live and move and have our being’. Think about that for a moment, before reading any further just pause for a few moments and re-read the scripture and absorb what the Word of God is telling us. If ‘we live and move and have our being’ in God then it follows that the closer we are in our relationship with God and the more we seek Him then our inner being will become spiritually filled. If we can keep our spiritual power supply topped up then this will help protect us to deal with the troubles of the world we encounter on an ongoing basis. Never forget that satan’s agenda is to ‘steal, kill and destroy’ (John 10:10). In 1 Peter 5:8 the Bible describes satan as our enemy who ‘prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour’. Although satan was defeated at the cross, the enemy will still try to find ways to wreak havoc in our lives by lying and deceiving and corrupting everything that is wholesome and good. Satan’s agenda comes packaged so subtly that we may never know we’re coming under demonic attack. This can explain how our peace and happiness can be destroyed so quickly and how we can go from feeling really happy to really downcast without actually understanding why.
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Life is sometimes not easy and there are no guarantees that we will not experience tough times. If we feel downcast or that life is challenging or maybe we are on the ‘treadmill of life’, then maybe it is time to make some changes and step off the treadmill. Maybe it is time to re-connect, reinvigorate, re-energize, call it what you will, our relationship with God. Maybe it is time to; ‘Seek his face!’ Your face, LORD, I will seek’ (Psalm 27:8). If you are at a place in your life where you feel overwhelmed or maybe where there is no solution to your problem then the Word of God tells us that no problem is bigger than God; Ephesians 3:20 ‘Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us’. Hand your situation over to God ‘And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus’ (Philippians 4:7). If we can stay in the presence of God and experience a peace ‘which transcends all understanding’ then our lives and everything in it will also be more peaceful because God will be in our being, leaving no room for satan and his devious plans.
Father God, I thank you that you loved me so much that you sacrificed your one and only Son, Jesus, for my salvation. I pray that when things happen that try to destroy my peace that I come to you and hand them over to you. I pray for those who are at a place where they see no solution, where satan is trying to destroy their peace and pray that you will intervene in their circumstances. Let them experience your love and may they experience your peace and glorify your wonderful name. I pray a refreshing of the Holy Spirit for those who have given their lives to Jesus so that their souls are uplifted to bursting point with love and thanksgiving for Jesus. I pray protection on all Christians against the plan of the enemy so that they are constantly reminded that Christ’s death on the cross dealt with satan, once and for all. Amen.
Author: Gary O’Neill
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