November 12, 2019
Whenever I heard negative news such as accidents or disasters befalling sons of God, I often contemplate and wonder: Why terrible things happen to them, o God?
What often happens in my life is, such questions start to make me feel intimidated with various thoughts and imaginations, which in turn pressures my own heart instead. I come to realize that there is something wrong with my mind and thoughts! The Devil has succeeded in taking advantage of the incidents I meditate as a ‘portal’ into my own life to steal my faith, conviction and hope in God!
1. When terrible things happen, quickly strengthen our heart to keep believing that regardless of everything that happens, God is still working to bring us good.
Romans 8:28 (NASB) And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.
When facing ‘bad things’, it is very difficult indeed to see or recognize the form of God’s goodness that He has promised. But in such moment, we must quickly strengthen our conviction and faith on God and His promises instead! Otherwise, the Devil will easily steal all our hope, faith, and love to God!
It is our hope, faith and God’s promises which we must hold onto; they will become a foundation of strength for us to continue our journey of destiny! And by understanding His promises and keep holding onto them, we will surely find a way out of all kinds of snares, problems, or raging negative emotions which will destroy our spiritual life even more.
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NASB) No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.
2. When going through ‘hardship’ – after experiencing something bad which drains and stirs our emotion – we must pay more attention to the various imaginations and thoughts that are crossing our mind.
There lies our true ‘battlefield’! Through all means, the Devil will try to take advantage of the negative incidents we experience as a ‘weapon’ to break our down defense of faith! The Devil aims to make us question or doubt God’s love, kindness, provision, and existence in our lives!
The question, “God, why did it happen?” must be thrown away from our mind or thoughts. For truly, whatever answer that is given could never fulfill or satisfy our hearts! At such moments, we don’t need answer; what we actually want is for the terrible incident to not happen in our lives!
From our ‘inability to accept the incident’, the Devil works, making us starting to question and doubt His love, faithfulness and existence in our lives!
That’s why we must actively filter the various ideas and thoughts that are crossing our mind. Beware of the ideas or thoughts that cause us to start questioning or doubting God’s love, goodness and existence in our lives! All of them comes from the Devil! Quickly fix our mind to things which will make us give thanks and strong in the Lord! Keep declaring and prophesying His word and promises over our lives and our beloved ones!
Father, I pray for every believer who has to go through all kinds of negative things in their life. Let the power of your Word and Spirit be with them always. I rebuke all kinds of the Devil’s works that are trying to influence their mind and emotion to doubt and question Your love! Cease in Jesus’ name! Father, I pray, pour out Your comforting love to everyone who needs it. Let the oil of Your Spirit touch and softens once again the hearts that have been wounded. Receive your restoration and revival, in Jesus’ name! #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus