Choose to fol­low your faith

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Local News -

There once was a tale told about an en­emy who wanted to tempt a de­voted man of God. How did he plan to do it? Did the en­emy show the man the plea­sures and ex­cite­ment of a life of sin? No.

There once was a tale told about an en­emy who wanted to tempt a de­voted man of God. How did he plan to do it?

Did the en­emy show the man the plea­sures and ex­cite­ment of a life of sin? No. “That won’t work,” con­tem­plated the en­emy. “The man will know that sin leads to mis­ery,” he said.

Did the en­emy show the man the tri­als of a right­eous life? No. “That won’t work,” the en­emy thought, “the man knows that hard­ships are the paths to wis­dom and peace.”

Did the en­emy tell the man to stop try­ing when faced with set­backs? No. “That won’t work,” the en­emy de­lib­er­ated, “the man knows that persistence can lead to vic­tory.”

Did the en­emy whis­per to the man that he’s worth­less? No. “That won’t work,” the en­emy pon­dered, “the man knows that God loves him, and he was made in God’s im­age.”

The en­emy thought long and hard. You could have heard a pin drop.

Even­tu­ally the en­emy spoke, “I will dis­cour­age the man’s soul and cause him to lose his faith…. that will work!” he ex­claimed.

Have life’s dif­fi­cul­ties taken their toll on your faith? Drown­ing in sor­rows, have you been through many dis­ap­point­ments that you think, “What’s the use of try­ing any­more?”

When we go through tough times, it’s easy to give in to doubt and neg­a­tiv­ity. Or, we can con­tin­u­ally mull over the im­pos­si­bil­i­ties of the sit­u­a­tion. We can fo­cus on our own short­com­ings, faults and fail­ings, un­til we may be­come so dis­heart­ened with life, we are per­suaded to just quit do­ing God’s will.

But, let me en­cour­age you: Do not give up hope or be­come dis­cour­aged. You were cre­ated for so much more. Never let neg­a­tive emo­tions run

away with you. Feel­ings are vari­able; they change with the weather. How­ever, per­fect faith can­not waiver. Don’t sit around and mope. Free your­self from false, de­struc­tive be­liefs about your­self or your sit­u­a­tion. Be­lieve God over the dam­ag­ing doubts in your mind. Con­fess God’s word over your cir­cum­stances. Main­tain a grate­ful at­ti­tude. Thank God for the prom­ises He is ful­fill­ing. And choose faith in God over feel­ings.

In the Bi­ble, it tells how the dis­ci­ples were in their boat cross­ing the sea, and Je­sus came walk­ing on the wa­ter to­ward them. Yet, “when the dis­ci­ples saw Him walk­ing on the wa­ter, they were ter­ri­fied, and cried out in fear…” But Je­sus im­me­di­ately said to them, “Be of good cheer! It is I, do not be afraid.” Peter an­swered, “Lord, if it is re­ally You, bid me to come to You on the wa­ter.” And Je­sus said, “Come.”

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