Sometimes I get knocked down. Sometimes I end up a bit confused. Sometimes I don’t understand people and circumstances around me. Sometimes the pressure to keep doing what I believe is the will of God for my life just gets to me. Sometimes it seems like the devil even wins a few battles. 1 Thessalonians 2:18 (NKJV) 18 Therefore we wanted to come to you—even I, Paul, time and again—but Satan hindered us.

Chances are you feel the same way in some area of your life. Because of it you may be under a weight of guilt, condemnation, and fighting depression because of it. After all, according to pop theology today if you are doing everything right then you should be “blessed and highly favored” of the Lord.

The truth is you are blessed and highly favored of the Lord, yet not because there are no battles in your life, but rather because there are! The very fact you find yourself in a fight is proof positive that you are doing something worthy of the devil to attack.

Paul wrote a couple of passages of scripture that aren’t preached on much. They do not satisfy the itchy ears of the make-me-feel-good-pew-sitter of our day. Here’s the first…
Acts 14:22 (NKJV) 22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.”

The second shares with us both the struggles and the ultimate victory that is ours when we choose to fight the good fight of faith!
2 Corinthians 4:7–10 (NKJV) 7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. 8 We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed—10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

…No matter the struggle, Jesus will always shine through. We must continue trusting, walking, and waiting upon the Lord. He is faithful.

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