I thought that I would share a struggle I have in hopes that you can possibly identify and help me with. Well, it’s not a struggle but many struggles. Yes, I struggle, how about you?
When you look at me you may see a woman that loves the Lord passionately. At least I hope you do because I do. A woman that is confident in her walk with the Lord. Moreover, a woman that wants to teach and encourage others in the Lord. I hope you also see a woman that has chosen to stand for the truth of God unashamedly.
However, may I be genuine with you? I going to anyway.
“These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation…” NKJV
“I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows…” NLT
“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration…” AMPCJesus Christ
The Greek word for tribulation is Thlipsis. Pronounced as thlē’-psēs. Tribulation (Thlipsis) is a pressing, pressing together, pressure. Other words that describe Thlipsis are oppression, affliction, distress, and straits.
Out of Whack
Yep, for the past couple of weeks, I have been “out of whack”. I found myself on a short fuse. Pretty much to the point that I was wondering why I bother. AKA, I’m tired, who cares, Jesus when are you returning? I’m so ready!
Today, I am stronger than yesterday because my precious Father pointed out a teaching on oppression today that I will share with you this week.
However, yesterday, was different. Saturday evening, I was excited to attend a gathering of believers to worship together and hear what the pastor was going to share. But when I woke up Sunday morning, I just wanted to cry. I felt like I did not belong, an orphan of sorts.
Why? Because Satan was bashing me once again with his lies and I choose to focus on the lies and listen. I didn’t call anyone to share my struggle yesterday. No one cares anyway, right? They have their own issues. Families, jobs, relationships, etc. So I just spent the day beating myself up for NOT going to church. Gosh, talk about aiding and abetting the perpetrator…
However, nothing was sacred and off-limits yesterday in Satan’s attack.
Surely, I’m not the only one that deals at times with lies that feel like the truth such as:
- aren’t worth anything
- don’t have the brains God gave an ant
- will never…
- can’t do this or that
- are too old/young/skinny/fat
- are not smart enough
- No one cares, so quit trying
- No one wants what you have to share/give….
Feelings are not Fact
These are all lies out of the pit of hell! I prefer to base my life on the Truth of God, not on feelings that ebb and flow like the wind and waves. Therefore, it’s my mission to fight these lies from the father of lies with the Truth of God’s Word.
I prefer to take the offense before situations arise. We must stay in the Word. I shudder to think where I would have ended up If I did not have the Lord in my life!
So please keep me in your prayers. I intend to keep writing and fighting lies with the Truth of God’s Word until He takes me home or the Rapture.
The Lord told me to share my heart with all who will listen. This, I will do one post at a time. One song at a time. One breath at a time.
We can help each other stand because the last part of John 16:33 tells us:
- “but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” NKJV
- “But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” NLT
- “but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]” AMPC
Be encouraged! Until we meet again, I am, Passionately Loving Jesus, The Anchor of my soul!
If you are not yet a follower of Christ, know that God loves you and is longing for a RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU! It is not a coincidence that you have come across this website and especially this article. God has an awesome plan for your life!
Scriptures used are from biblegateway.com and unless otherwise noted, I’m using the New Living Translation (NLT)Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.