We live in a world that is constantly changing. New fears, new terrors, new devastations crop up, seemingly overnight.
The media portray death, by gun, by man, by sickness. It destroys our hope, erodes our peace, and leaves us wondering what can be done?
We’ve all received bad news at one time or another. It’s inevitable. We live in a fallen world. What’s not inevitable is the way we choose to react to that news. We don’t just have to stand by and accept it. We don’t just have to lay down and be force fed it. No. That’s what the enemy wants.
He wants to make you question the truth.
And he’s succeeding. Instead of believing the truth, the word of God. He’s got us focussed on the evidence against it. And when that evidence forms as a weapon and hits close to home, we begin to wonder, we begin to waver, we begin to fear. That the truth may not set us free.
But it can, and it will! In the same way we don’t question gravity when we see birds larking in the air, or planes soaring where man has only ever dreamt of being, we should never even consider an argument against the truth of God’s word.
It’s the truth. It will always be the truth. And nothing can change that. Not the economy, not a war, not every disease known to man kind. The truth doesn’t change in response to the evidence against it. In fact the only reason why there is evidence is because we have an opponent or an “Accuser” who seeks to disprove the truth. If we weren’t walking towards the truth, he wouldn’t bother trying to convince us otherwise.
Lets look at Abraham.
Abraham was promised that He would be the father of many nations. Romans 4 tells us that he was nearing 100 years old. If that wasn’t enough, His wife Sarah whose womb was considered dead. Things naturally didn’t look good. So much so, that it even records that Sarah laughed at the ridiculousness of the whole thing.
But God promised.
Romans 4:17-20 I have made you the father of many nations. He believed in god, who gives life to the dead and calls things into existence that do not exist. He believed, hoping against hope, so that he became the father of many nations according to what had been spoken: So will your descendants be, He considered his own body already dead (since he was about 100 years old) and also considered the deadness of Sarah’s womb, Without weakening in the faith. He did not waver in unbelief at God’s promise but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God.
Abraham, looked at God’s promise, then looked at the evidence against it.
Promised to be Father of many nations by God.
But is 100 years old, and wife’s womb is dead.
That would be cause to concern. Except. It wasn’t. Not to Abraham. He looked at the evidence. In fact he considered all the evidence! And still made the decision that the natural evidence against. The opposition the accuser was throwing against Him didn’t outweigh, eclipse, damage or negate the word of God.
Yes. But that was Abraham.
Well here’s the good news. We have a greater covenant than that of Abraham. Abraham didn’t have the benefit of Jesus paying for every mans sin, for wearing stripes that healed every disease, that set every captive free. He didn’t have the benefit of the New Testament, or even the old testament. He only had a single promise from God. And he considered that to be good enough.
Romans 4:21 because he was fully convinced that what He (God) had promised He was also able to perform
Don’t let the evidence camped around you convince you that God’s promises, God’s word won’t work for you. Don’t look at the natural. Look at the truth! Truth cannot be defied.
2 Kings chapter 6 tells us of Elisha being surrounded by “Horses, Chariots and a massive army (v14)” because he was warning the King of Israel of all that the the King of Aram intended to do. The next morning, Elisha’s servant wakes up and see’s the city surrounded, and knows they are there to kill Elisha. He runs back in despair and wails “What are we to do? (V15)” To which Elisha replies “Don’t be afraid for those who are with us outnumber those who are with them. (v16)”
Had I have been that servant, I probably would have packed my bags and ran off right there. Two men verse an entire army. I would not have liked my chances. Yet Elisha, instead of looking at the situation, looked at the truth. He reached over and prayed for the servants eyes to be opened so that he could see (v17).
2 Kings 6:17 …So the Lord opened the servants eyes. He looked and saw the mountain was covered with horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.
What we look at, what we dwell on, will be the thing that guides our heart, our mind and our feet. Elisha chose to not look at the evidence against Him, but put his faith in God. A promise keeping God!
No weapon formed against you shall prevail (Isaiah 54:17) That’s not to say that attacks won’t come, it’s saying that the attacks won’t succeed against you. Why? Because we have promises. We have a covenant from God pledging His protection. Pledging safety, and freedom, and health, and prosperity, and so much more. Whatever is against you does not have a covenant nor God’s promise. Meaning it has no right, nor protection. David the shepherd boy the man after God’s on heart saw that. And because of it, took down a giant.
1 Samuel 17:26 David spoke to the men who were standing with him: “What will be done for the man who kills that Philistine and removes this disgrace from Israel? Just who is this uncircumcised Philistine that he should defy the armies of the living God?“
With Circumcision being a sign of the covenant between God and Israel, David is in essence asking “Who is this man who doesn’t have a covenant, a promise from God, and why is he being allowed to defy the armies of the living God.” He saw Goliath for what he was. An attack against God’s people. But he also saw the truth of it. He knew that any man armed with the revelation of what God had promised would have been able to take Goliath out. He knew that His covenant was superior to anything the philistines could throw at him.
And so it is with us. We have promises in God’s word. We have Truth. The absolute truth. Nothing can stand against it when it is wielded as it should be. Whatever is against you today. Be encouraged, find what God promises you and make that the truth of your life. Make that what you fall back on. Don’t look at the natural and be cowed.
You are anointed, you are protected, you are a fulfilment of God’s promise to Abraham, and you inturn have been promised! It was a contract signed in blood. Jesus’ blood. He suffered, so we wouldn’t have to!
Now that’s the truth, and it’s always the truth. Nothing can, or will ever change that!
Embrace God’s promises, and speak to your mountain about God. Not to God about your mountain. He’s given you the sword, wade into the battle and come out with the victory Jesus has already won for you!
See you in freedom.
– The Kid.