Choose to follow your faith
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.”