Psalm 121:1 – “I will lift up my eyes to the hills — From whence comes my help?” NKJV
We have addressed Knowing the Will of God, Doing the Will of God, and Speeding up the Process. Now I want to conclude with one final consideration that opens the door to God’s Remedy for Life’s Problems and Defeating Discouragement and Disappointment.
LEARNING TO ENSURE THE REMEDY’S REALITY IN OUR LIVES…
I ask that you hear what I’m going to say carefully. Just because you win a battle does not mean you have won the war. If you are going to overcome doubt, depression, discouragement, discontentment, and inconsistency and walk in victory you have to do more than defeat the attack of today, you must learn to walk in God’s victory every day. The devil may be a defeated foe but he does not give up easily or quit. He has learned that Christians, too often, become discouraged and give up just short of the victory.
Can we or how can we Ward Off the Attacks of the devil? I will suggest there is only one sure way to achieve that end – PRAYER! James 5:16 instructs, “Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.” One of the key conditions for the fulfillment of this prayer is RIGHTEOUSNESS. A danger in saying that is that some may allow condemnation to creep in where the desired result is not seen or pride when it is. God has offered two specific principles of prayer that are worth considering.
- GOD’S PATIENCE…
I have discovered that although God desires to do for us, He will sometimes wait until we pray. A prime example of that is Salvation. God does not SAVE US until we call upon Him. He would never violate our will and make us nothing more than a puppet. Remember Adam & Eve in the Garden made a choice and the result was destruction. God loves everyone and desires that none perish, yet He waits for us to come to Him and pray.
- OUR PERSISTENCE…
Is another factor in the process! Have you ever felt like God was asking, “Are you really serious? Do you really mean it?” I have felt like He was asking, “Roy, can you do without this request or is it something that you desire, need, or must have at all costs?” In the latter, I find that persistence is a given and I will keep asking, knocking, and seeking because I am desperate and determined. I recall reading of John Knox, the Scottish reformer who prayed, “Give me Scotland or I die.” Moses prayed that if God would not forgive the sin of Israel that He blot out Moses name from His book. (Exodus 32) Naaman the leper had to dip seven times in the Jordan. Why not once and be done with it? I believe that one of the reasons is God was asking him to believe, be obedient, and persistent. The Children of Israel had to walk around the city of Jericho thirteen times, and also had to blow the trumpets. Before the Promised Holy Spirit came to the church, 120 people prayed for 10 days. PERSISTENCE is essential for Answered Prayer!
I am fully convinced that God has a Remedy for Discouragement, Disappointment, and the Difficulties of Life but one of the key factors is knowing and understanding God’s Will for our lives. God gives talents, abilities, and gifts and expects us to develop them and exercise them. He expects us to invest ourselves in studying His Word and in Prayer. It is as we grow in grace that we overcome and become established on the Rock that is Higher than we.
May the Lord richly bless you, guard and guide you in your walk for Him on this day!