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Topic: Blessed (11/29/04)

TITLE: Oh No You Don't


Is your soul downhearted? Do you mourn over the state of the world? Are you ready to throw in the towel and retreat into your own little cocoon to safeguard your sanity? Are you feeling so removed from God that you wonder if He’s really there?

Ungodly Nations—Ungodly men—Rampant sin; it surely can’t get any worse than it is. “Its never been this bad,” you’d say. Well, I’d beg to differ with you. Flip in your Bible to Psalm 43 and you’ll see a man in the same soul wrenching throws as you.

His forlorn cry to God for deliverance pounds off the page. His lost soul begs to understand where God has gone. He wants to know the answer to the question, ‘why has God left me’. Have you ever been there?

If so, do you realize that you are playing right into the hands of Satan? Satan often attacks God’s sealed with doubt. He tries to convince us that the Lord has deserted us, and for awhile he may even succeed. But if we read farther in Psalm 43 we see the way to overcome this desolation.

The psalmist remembers that he is one of God’s blessed servants and he seizes on that assurance that God promises all that are his, “…I will never leave thee or forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5 KJV. He begs God to send out his light and truth so that he may be led to God’s Holy hill. He lifts praises to the only one who can comfort a dying soul.

Read on and you’ll see that he then reprimands himself for straying from God. He understands that he is the one who moved away not God. The praises he begins with are only half hearted, but they go to God who is his only hope. Even though his soul continues to ache he shouts accolades to the creator and until he is finished his praise turns his heart to the joy that God intended for him.

Times of old and times of new are the same. Man’s sinful nature hasn’t changed since Adam and Eve fell. Satan uses the same subtle wiles he used back then and God still is God and provides a way for us to overcome Satan. “Resist the devil and he will flee from thee.” Is what God tells us to do in James 4:7. How?

The next time those overwhelming feelings of despair attack just shout, “Oh, no you don’t!” and fall to your knees as the psalmist did. Petition God to send forth his light and truth and then be bathed in the blessed assurance of His love and comfort. Praise of the Lord will cause the devil to flee in every situation.

God’s promises are there for us. He shows us over and over how to access all that he has for us. When we come to Christ the fullness of life is ours. All we need to do is stand firm in the truth no matter what circumstances assail our lives.

If you haven’t as yet accepted God’s blessed gift of his Son, Jesus Christ, that is the first step you need to take to receive that all-encompassing love in your life. From that point on your life will be filled with more blessing thatn you could ever imagine.

Member Comments
Member Date
Deborah Anderson12/07/04
Thank you for the "smack" I needed to wake me up. I loved your title, too. God bless you, sister.
Phyllis Inniss 12/09/04
A very well written article, full of promise and a reminder what to tell Satan when he is trying to confuse us. Blessings.
Jodi Hodge12/09/04
Great article. I was touched by it.
Joanne Malley12/11/04
Karen, Your last sentence says it all! Sadly, there are many who will never see the truth in your words. Blessing to you. Joanne
A B12/12/04
Another reminder I needed tonight! Really enjoyed this Karen. Thanks, Deborah