The Darkest Valley
Through the deepest night, the most impending doom, the least promising of circumstance, our deliverance is assured.
The difficult part is trust… Read on…
Note from Kip…
Yesterday was a difficult day. Today doesn’t look to be any better from my perspective. Many are the incumbrances. The way doesn’t appear clear.
The funds are exhausted and though I have been diligent seeking work, I have yet to secure a job. It was a perfect opportunity for an attack by the enemy and he did exactly that.
But my hope is in the Lord.
It’s easy to say
It is so easy to say things like ‘trust in the Lord’, ‘nothing can defeat us if we stand with God’, and ‘it’s always darkest before the dawn’. They are nice things to say and even though true, when you are in the throes of an attack by the evil one there is little that they are going to do to pull you out of that bleak darkness.
It’s not like I don’t immerse myself in the Word of God. It isn’t that I don’t reach out in prayer. It isn’t even an issue about exercising faith. Attacks of the enemy are real and we are vulnerable in our selves.
I managed to go to bed last night in peace even though my mind was tormented throughout the day. How did I do it? I didn’t! Jesus did.
This morning he is back and attempting to threaten yet again today.
Spiritual warfare is real. If we are not engaged in battle then we simply don’t pose a threat to the enemy and are not worth his trouble.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this darkness, against evil, spiritual forces in the heavens.
Ephesians 6:12 (CSB)
If you thought this was going to be easy, it isn’t. If you think our adversary is going to be dispelled by our command, he will not. We are at war with evil and he wants nothing less than our total defeat, to render us ineffective and powerless.
Yesterday’s Game Plan
Yesterday after a constant barrage of assaults I wrote a note to my pastor and simply shared how I was feeling and the challenge that I was facing. I also told him what I intended to do to attempt to escape that attack.
Then I went about implementing that plan.
It involved the contemplation of 27 passages of encouragement clearly demonstrating that God is always, not just sometimes, victorious in the war against the devil and his devices.
Mind you that’s not all the verses in the Bible that render encouragement during the onslaughts of the devil. There was scripture from both the old and new testaments. A lot of Proverbs and Psalms.
Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; for it is your rod and your staff that comfort me.
Psalm 23: 4 (Kip’s Paraphrase)
The Enemy’s Tool
The devil knows he’s beaten, but seeks to cause as much damage to God and His people as possible. The scripture I meditated on yesterday helped. I will likely do it again today. I will likely need to do it again tomorrow until this storm has passed.
Fear and doubt are the enemy’s favorite tool.
When we stop long enough to allow him to get our attention and focus on the struggle and the problems we face he gains ground against us. When we push through and embrace the love and grace that Jesus places in us we rise victorious.
It’s not easy but persistence is where that victory is found.
The Things We Forget
We forget that this is a battle and every day, we are subject to attack.
We forget that we must counter-attack with scripture and prayer.
We forget that it is our weakness in which the Power of Christ Jesus renders the enemy powerless. Not our strength but His.
For this is what love for God is: to keep his commands. And his commands are not a burden, because everyone who has been born of God conquers the world. This is the victory that has conquered the world: our faith.
1 John 5:3-4 (CSB)
We forget, that if we are not a threat to the enemy he would not focus his attack on us.
So be a threat, be victorious, surrender self to Jesus and allow Him to slay the dragon that is defeat.
There is no darkest valley when we possess the Light of Christ living in us and the enemy wants us to forget that more than anything else!
Jesus spoke to them again: “I am the light of the world. Anyone who follows me will never walk in the darkness but will have the light of life.”
John 8:12 (CSB)