Glory Seed Devotional 07/16/2014

A Planting of Faith Seeds for the Glory of the LORD

“Don’t be afraid…”

Life is a struggle! In fact there are times when life can be seen as fighting a war. Not a physical armed conflict but a conflict with hopelessness, helplessness, depression, and fear. Driving by a gas station, watching the television news, or reading the newspaper are constant reminders that life is not what it suppose to be. Isaiah prophesies, “I am the Lord; there is no other God. I have equipped you for battle…” (Isaiah 45:5, NLT)

Your greatest weapon in life’s struggle is God! God gives us the Holy Spirit arming us for the battles we encounter in our everyday walk on the road of life. One of my favorite bible stories is in the 6th chapter of 2nd Kings. “When the servant of the man of God got up early the next morning and went outside, there were troops, horses, and chariots everywhere. “Oh, sir, what will we do now?” the young man cried to Elisha. “Don’t be afraid!” Elisha told him. “For there are more on our side than on theirs!” Then Elisha prayed, “O Lord, open his eyes and let him see!” The Lord opened the young man’s eyes, and when he looked up, he saw that the hillside around Elisha was filled with horses and chariots of fire.” (2 Kings 6:15–17, NLT)

Chances are “horses and chariots of fire” are not surrounding you as they did Elisha and his servant. However, God has placed his Holy Spirit not only around you but in you to give you whatever you need to progress through each battle moving you closer and closer to the ultimate victory that awaits you.

There are three things we need to learn from the experience of Elisha’s attendant. We need to acknowledge our situation, acknowledge our inability to help ourselves, and ask for help.

God, each and every day we find ourselves surrounded by the overwhelming forces of life’s uncontrollable circumstances. Some of those uncontrollable circumstances we have in common yet others are unique to each of us. Open our “spiritual eyes” so we can see that we are surrounded by your compassionate, understanding, and powerful love. Take our weakened spirit and lift it and fill it with your Spirit and give us the strength and resolve to struggle on. And in our struggles we will experience you in all your glory and power. Amen.

Believe it! Experience it!

Grace and PEACE!

Gary

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And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from His glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19 NLT)

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“Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved.”

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