Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Weeping may endure for a night

"For His anger lasts only a moment, but His favor lasts a lifetime; weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning." Psalm 30:5

As believers in Christ, we often go through challenges.  Some of these challenges will seemingly drag out day after day with no ending in sight.  We may be praying about our situation, but it seems as if our prayers go unheard.  This can even cause us to get angry at God when it APPEARS that those who are not following Him are living on easy street.

However, this verse reassures us that weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.  One thing we must understand as believers is "that our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against rulers, against authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in heavenly realms".  Let's say that you are praying against the spirit of poverty.  This spirit may have entered into your family 150 years ago, when your great great great grandfather committed some sinful act. Do you think because you start praying for a couple of days that this spirit is going to  leave without a fight?  No, this spirit has been wreaking havoc in your family line for over a century!  This spirit may have caused people in your blood line to steal, murder, prostitute, have jealousy, envy, and live in lack.  This spirit wants to continue working in your family for the future generations.  Thus, this spirit may fight even more once you start praying.  This is a war tactic to cause you to quit.

Think about it as a war.  I was recently studying the Siege of Petersburg.  The Union had been unsuccessful in trying to capture Petersburg.  They knew that the capture of Petersburg was key to gaining victory over the Confederacy.  The Union and the Confederates warred for over nine months nonstop until General Robert Lee surrendered.  He did not surrender the first day of the fight.  He did not wave the white flag at the first sound of gunfire.  He warred for a long time because he wanted to retain control of Petersburg.  It took almost a year for him to surrender.

That is how Satan and his army is.  They will persist in their warfare, so you have to be even more persistent in yours.  The war may get intense but you can not cower.  It may even appear that you are losing, but keep pursuing.  The war may even put you in a situation where you are fighting in the trenches, and the battle is more than you can handle.  This means that you have to pray, fast, speak the word, stand in faith, until you have the victory.  God promises to fight on your behalf, just endure.

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