Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
“Are You Willing To Fight In Faith Or Will You Settle For Something Less?”
Even when you’re feeling overwhelmed by opposing circumstances, are you willing to fight in faith or are you just merely hoping for anything to happen, even if it’s much less?
What would you say to a high school or college student that studies extremely hard, disciplines his time and behavior, but still finds it hard to achieve a passing grade?
While we’ve all had to deal with circumstances that didn’t produce the hopeful results that we were looking for, we also have learned that settling for something less didn’t give us the joyous satisfaction that we originally sought after or desired.
An employee, who worked very hard to get ahead in his career, is unexpectedly handed a pink slip layoff notice and now must face unemployment during the recession. A mother proudly delivers a beautiful bouncing baby boy, only 16 years later has to struggle to get him off drugs and has to bail him out of jail.
Many of our attempts to be successful or victorious will be met with situations that will try to beat you up and take you down no matter how courageous you might be.So, What Should You Do When You’re Facing Any Difficulties Like These?
In Mark 5: 24-34, we are given the brief but wonderful story of the woman who had been hemorrhaging from a chronic disorder for 12 years. She had suffered many different treatments at the hands of many different doctors, but even continued to grow worse yet after spending all of her money. But then she heard about Jesus and allowed faith to arise in her heart to win against her battle with sickness.
Mark 5:27-28 says, “When she had heard of Jesus, came in the press behind and touched his garment. For she said, if I may touch but his clothes, I shall be made whole.” Jesus commended her for her faith and she was totally healed from her painful and lengthy condition.
Like the woman with the issue of blood, we too must become relentless and tenacious in order to prevail over many of the adversities that we face. At first her secret act of faith was only known to the Lord. But finally it was revealed that she had the mindset of a champion and refused to accept anything else outside of being healed as she touched Jesus. Her faith became her strong assurance and confidence, which against all odds, drove her to press her way through the crowd, forward to extract what she needed from Christ.
You too can tap into Christ and harness and convert the storms of life into winds that will allow us to soar. Whenever you feel that you’re being pushed to the wall, then break through that obstacle and enlarge that room. When the adversity tries to press in against you, you need to start and continue pressing into God’s Word and draw closer to Him. Stand on His Promises, be filled with His Holy Spirit, and realize that “Greater Is He That’s In You Than He That’s In The World.” (1st John 4:4)
Trust Christ to help you rise up and move beyond the limits of your past mistakes or wounded past and be transformed by faith in His Word. Recognize that your battle scars have now made you more tough and resourceful and go forward in the power of His Holy Spirit. He will see you through all the storms of life.
THEREFORE, HAVE FAITH IN GOD!