Be Strong in the Face of Adversity!

Fresh Manna© by Pastor Tim Burt

Psalm 28:7 “The Lord is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in him with all my heart”

Life has its hardships. As a Christian, you are in an earth that has been defiled by Satan. He has turned the earth into a spiritual battlefield. Although he is not a god, he pretends to be and has many that believe in him. That is why he is called the god of this world. 2 Cor 4:4 reveals this truth saying, “In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.” When you sin, you are actually empowering him and his cause. We live in this earth but it is a defiled earth that has been touched by Satan and sin. That’s why there is so much death and destruction here. Our true home that will be undefiled by sin and Satan’s touch is Heaven. Concerning those that have lived before us by faith in God, Heb 11:13-16 says, “…they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland…. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.” For those that have received Jesus as their Lord and Savior, this will be their homeland also – your homeland!

Knowing this then, we need to not just see ourselves as living day by day, but living in a place that Satan has made a spiritual battlefield. You know it’s true! Satan has tried to make you sick, steal your livelihood and finances, break up relationships with those you love, and disrupt your life in a hundred ways. Because he has, we need God’s direction and wisdom for every step. God is more than willing to help us. His Word sets up boundaries that are not meant to deprive us of good things or fun, but instead to help us avoid minefields where we might step on a mine.

Yesterday, in my writings I told you about David’s discouragement and how he encouraged his heart. I am not exaggerating when I tell you that they have been some of the most important verses in the Bible to me in standing strong in adversity. Because of that, I want to take a risk by talking with you about them again today.

In 1 Sam 30:3-3 we read about David and all his men coming back from a victorious series of battles of surrounding enemies. As they were returning home after being gone for a long time, they saw smoke. They then found out that their enemies had burnt their town to the ground and more. It says, “When David and his men came to Ziklag, they found it destroyed by fire and their wives and sons and daughters taken captive. So David and his men wept aloud until they had no strength left to weep.” David’s men were so discouraged that they wanted to lash out and blame someone. They wanted to stone him as their leader. David’s family was also taken and he was just as discouraged as they were but instead of letting the discouragement overcome him so that he also was useless, we are told in verse 6, “but David encouraged himself in the LORD his God.”

This wasn’t David learning some principle to execute in His life. This was David’s character. He had learned to praise and worship and sing to the Lord in all the trials of life. He wrote songs speaking of God’s promises of deliverance. He knew what God had promised him and had seen God work in his life over and over. He refused to think this was one of those times God had abandoned Him!

The devil would like you to think that God has abandoned you. No He has not! He never will! It’s only about if you have abandoned your faith in Him. David looked Goliath in the face. Moses looked at the Red Sea with Pharaoh’s army coming at him. Daniel looked at the lions. Shadrack, Meshach, and Abednego, looked at a fiery furnace. Paul a raging sea. They all trusted God and saw His deliverance and help. God alone is worthy of your full and complete trust!

Let the Word of God speak PROMISE to you EVERY day. Read those promises. Proclaim them over your family and circumstances. Rebuke the devil and move forward. If you’re a husband, your wife and children want a dad that is a leader, not a quitter. If you were upbeat because you trusted God in the face of adversity and your heart, your face, your countenance, your words, and your actions showed it, they’d be happy with you and follow your lead no matter what the circumstance. Take authority over the thief in your life. Rebuke him in Jesus name. Put your hand to the plow and work hard asking Him for guidance every step of the way. Praise God together and believe He will turn things around. God wants you working and praying and believing for his best.

Put your name in His promises and write them out. Then say them, declare them, sing them, and get your family to pray them in faith together.

Psalm 28:7 (NLT)
The Lord is Tim Burt’s strength, my shield from every danger.
I trust in him with all my heart.
He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy.
I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

I can honestly say to all of you, I’ve been in many hard and seemingly impossible circumstances. But, by the grace of God, I’ve kept my wife upbeat because I’ve stayed upbeat. We always expected God to be around the corner with our answers. He always took care of us till we did get in that right place.

If you’ve been overcome by woe, repent to your family. Discipline your life to spend time with God and then take the joy and promise of His Word to your family. Stir all their faith and believe God together. You will see God arise!

In His Love,
Pastor Tim Burt

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