I heard that NASA took some honeybees up into a spacecraft with astronauts for testing. They released the bees and apparently their report was they were buzzing happily in weightlessness and seemed to enjoy it! The next morning though, they were all laying dead on the floor! They found out that bees don’t do well without resistance!!
We, as human beings, face a lot of resistance and pain in life. Sometimes we think that it sure would be nice not to have that!! There are all kinds of challenges and traumas, but believe it or not, these “resistances” are part of growth and maturity.
I love this scripture – 2 Timothy 1:7 – the promise is: “For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of Power and of Love and of a Sound Mind.” This scripture is helpful to us when we are faced with resistance, pains, and challenges.
There are many attacks of resistance that are part of our lives – namely, the fear of disasters, maybe our children not doing well or being in a good place or running away from home, anxiety about not having enough money or losing our jobs or lack of provision, fear of a doctor’s report and poor health, fear of death, losing a loved one etc. There are many.
BUT, available to us, in that scripture in Timothy, the Lord promises us that he REPLACES the spirit of fear in us with Power, Love, and a Sound Mind!!!
First, we are given the Power of God to overcome.
Then there is the Love of God!!! When Jesus knocks at the door of our hearts and we let Him in, we are then empowered by the God of Love.
And of course, being of sound mind suggests that through Him we can make wise decisions and plans, He gives us Peace in the midst of it all. In the midst of our fears and resistances we find ourselves against, according to this scripture, we have the PROTECTION and the PROMISE of our loving Heavenly Father who dwells in us. In my own experience, saying these Words of God to myself is a great help:
“Greater is He that is in me than he that is in the world;
No weapon formed against me can prosper;
My God shall supply all my needs.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life.”
Jesus is always standing at the door of our hearts knocking. All we have to do is open the door and let Him in and Enjoy!! Then His Holy Spirit will be our guide and comforter. May the Word of God be a great encouragement for your soul today!!! Remember, He loves you very, very much!!
Because of God’s mercy and love for us, waiting plays a major role in our lives. One of the most difficult times we all face is the waiting period. Sometimes we wait for things and it could be years, or even sometimes just days! The thing is, it feels like nothing is happening while one is waiting. But be encouraged!! The Lord is working in the background!! While we are waiting, our strength is renewed! The Bible says to “Make your requests known unto Me!” We do that… and then the waiting period comes along! Now, many of us don’t believe God has heard, because we don’t get a quick answer, but the Scriptures say that while we are waiting, God is at work!! And while we are waiting, the side benefit is He is renewing and strengthening us in Spirit, Soul, and Body!!
We might be waiting to retire, waiting for a job, waiting for a report from the doctor, waiting for our healing, waiting for restoration in relationships, waiting for finances, waiting for a lost or addicted child to come back. Waiting can be very, very painful.
But rest assured, having made our request to God, He gives us this great promise from Isaiah – “They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles! They shall Run and not be weary, they shall Walk and not be faint.”
The Spirit of the Lord is our Advocate, He is our Comforter, and He is our Guide. While we are waiting, our strength is being renewed!!! There is a purpose behind waiting, believe it or not! This is for the Lord to renew our strength. And the other part of that scripture is, like the eagle, we can rise about the situation and soar! Then, He also delivers us from weariness, and He gives us the ability to walk, and not to falter or faint. Then we have an uplifted spirit!!! This is all the purpose of our waiting.
We are asked to put our requests to Him, without hesitation! Let’s do so today and believe and trust God for the answers!!
Jesus is always standing at the door of our hearts knocking. All we have to do is open the door and let him in and Enjoy!! Then His Holy Spirit will be our guide and comforter. Remember, God loves you very, very much!!