Lent devotional 19
No one is coming to save you. Just give in.
The devil has a consistant lie that he tells people, ‘you are alone and no one, no one at all, is coming for you.’
You see he wants to destroy us. That’s his whole purpose, and it’s easier to get people to give in if they believe that they are alone. People stop fighting, Christians give up, sometimes holding on to your own faith takes all the strength you have.
Being hated, rediculed, rejected, thrown away, criticized, beaten, just because you are a Christian makes you wonder if it’s worth it. The pain grows with every comment in your youtube chat feed, everytime your Christian post is blocked as pornographic material on a gaming site’s wall, everytime people stop being polite to you in the grocery store because of your ‘God is Love’ T-shirt, and then the devil whispers, ‘you’re alone. There is no God here. No one is coming to save you. Just give in. Cooperate. Become one of us and this will all go away.’
He’s good at what he does.
But Jesus is worth fighting for. Even if your only proof is the pounding in your heart that says ‘I have hope.’
Don’t forget, someone is coming for you. Someone is dropping in with an army to rescue you away from your tormentors. Jesus is coming to save you. If Jesus isn’t real then there is no point to anything, but He is real, we know He is, we’ve met Him, we’ve called on His name and seen Him answer. In the end Jesus takes us home. The devil wants to barrage our minds with hate and despair until it infects our souls, but we know the truth, and the truth is that Jesus saves.
Sometimes you need to step back and take a break, let your mind rest from the constant banging from the infected on the doors of youe safe house. You are cured and that causes them to hate, because they see the death inside them more clearly when they see how someone who is alive acts. You can share the cure with them, but they don’t always want it, sometimes all they want is for you to be infected too.
When you need to rest and can’t take anymore then just close your eyes and speak Jesus. I once read a wall hanging that said something along the lines of, ‘ask God for patience with the small sorrows, and for courage with the big ones, then close your eyes and go to sleep because God is awake.’ I forget who wrote this but it is so good. When you need a break just give it to God and take a break.
but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
Isaiah 40:31 NIV