Suffering in Faith

“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon that your faith may not fail.” Luke 22:32-33

Lately the song “Raise A Hallelujah” has been echoing through my thoughts, as I battle the lies of the enemy that tempt me to question whether or not God has actually freed my wounded spirit of doubt in Him. Did Jesus not grieve also when his loved ones were afflicted? Yet he did not waiver in the promises of the Almighty. One of the most discouraging things is when our circumstances seem to testify against what we know the word of God says. In the Bible, God promises numerous times never to leave nor forsake His own. It seems however that when then the waves of life are roaring louder than the faint whispers of the Holy Spirit we often forget to stand on the solid ground of the word of God and speak back his promises to Him. Let us be audacious in the face of defeat. Let us raise our hallelujahs, even if through tears.

I am not saying that it is abnormal to suffer. In this world we will have trouble (John 16:33)! But let us follow the example of Jesus’s desperate cry of “Abba Father” in the hour of darkness when he himself felt the Father was not with him. With all of our strength let us turn to the Father, and we will be comforted ( Mathew 5:4)

 In Genesis 35:11 God speaks to Jacob saying “I am God Almighty, be fruitful and multiply”. Here in the original Hebrew the name used for God Almighty is “El Shaddai” meaning all sufficient one (Blueletter Bible 2019). God was never created neither does he depend on anything to continue existing. He is self-sufficient. This means that when all else has utterly failed God is able to be our sustenance. He is able to hold all things together.

I cannot stress enough that there is no situation that is beyond the reach of God. I cannot think of a verse in the bible which explicitly states this principal. However, in my experience it is when the situation hits it’s lowest point, and the circumstances seem wretched beyond resolution, it is then that breakthrough is about to be experienced.

I do not own rights to this song, but it is powerful for letting this message sink into your heart:

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