DON'T LOSE HEART
Whatever the devil throws
at you, donít lose heart. We lose heart when we look at things seen; when
we fail to focus on the unseen things of glory and the new creation. Be
objective in times of pressure and face the fact that the Lord of the heavenly
Hannah went yearly to offer
sacrifices to the Lord God of hosts (1 Samuel 1:3). She never lost heart
during the demonic provocation from Peninah. She never lost heart at the
corrupt religious system of the Eli priesthood. She never lost heart when
the old, backslidden priest thought her drunk, a daughter of the devil
(1 Samuel 1:14-16).
In days of degeneracy, discernment
fades from the ministry which heaps sin under the carpet. ďPlay with sin
and sin will winĒ is especially true for ministers, elders, indeed anyone
in a Kingdom office of responsibility. Yet God found in Hannah an inner
graciousness that her very name implies; a purity that could stand against
frequent attack. Are you in a situation of intense trial from another believer?
Will you endure hardship
in a vile thing for the sake of the name of Jesus that the Spirit of glory
may rest upon you?
2 Corinthians 4 is the great
ministry chapter where we see maturity coming from the work of the Cross.
We have ministry AS we receive mercy, is the amazing precept. Itís
not our IQ or head knowledge or business acumen or fame in the world that
credits us with spiritual capability.
Paul said he didnít lose
heart because he based his life and ministry on the covenant mercy of God.
Therefore his life was a manifestation of the truth. He never watered down
the word of God with reason. He never came to any conclusion by virtue
of reason alone. He never lost heart because he knew by experience that
ďall things were for his sake by graceĒ (2 Corinthians 4:15,16). In other
words, Jesus never claimed exemption on anything that Paul went through.
God was in all, through all, and behind all. We get disappointed and in
despair because we often cannot locate God in our body circumstance. 2
Corinthians 4:8,9 tells us:
ďWe are hard
pressed on every side, yet not crushed, we are perplexed, but not
in despair; persecuted
but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.Ē
This is where the rubber
hits the road. These apostolic conflicts reveal the treasure of the
new creation within as we react to problems with the excellency of Godís
power. That word ďexcellencyĒ(verse 7) means to overreach the target, to
overstretch beyond the imagination. When we live in the excellency of the
power of God we find it impossible to lose heart. Donít live in the body
circumstance; walk and live in the Spirit who intercedes for us with groanings
too deep for words.
The preparation of prayer
stops the losing heart mentality. Nehemiah didnít lose heart when the enemies
of God came because he knew vital time interceding before he inspected
the broken walls of Jerusalem. Jesus said the parable of the persistent
widow so that men always ought to pray and not lose heart (Luke 18:1-8).
The early church were deeply exercised in prayer for Peter and released
angels into action (Acts 12:1-5). The children of Israel were beaten on
the legs and feet until ligaments were broken by their Egyptian taskmasters
(Exodus 5:16). This produced groaning to God - a divine protest ministry
of prayer - which God answered by mighty signs of judgement, releasing
His chosen with great prosperity and joy.
Wherever you turn in the
word of God, Godís people donít lose heart when they pray through to God,
beyond the circumstances. DONíT LOSE HEART IN THE PAIN before the GAIN.
The enemy knows his time is short, and that GOD is DOING A QUICK WORK TODAY
This is why prayer is paramount.
This week two couples, all
four Christian, are going to divorce court. The root problem: they never
prayed deeply for the right mate Ö.. they lost heart because the preparation
of daily prayer had never built the true foundation for marital success.
The most intimate thing
a husband and wife can do is pray together in the Holy Spirit, flow together
in the gifts of the Holy Spirit, and receive revelation and answers. When
two spirits join together, the soul area, then the body area will join
the way God wants. Thousands of Christian marriages are on the rocks today
because there is no deep satisfying devotion with the Lord Jesus.
Check up on King David, in
1 and 2 Samuel. Three crises: Ziklag, Bathsheba, Absalom. See how he recovered
himself by encouraging himself in the Lord, by real repentance, and humility.
2 Samuel 15 comes to every believer who is determined to press on
to full stature in Christ.
There is an Absalom in the
wings, ready to take over and steal the people from their pastor. He is
charming, eloquent but soulish. He seduces your friends in the conspiracy.
How you react is what you really are. Will you, like David, yield and refuse
to lose heart by giving yourself up to the faithful witness? We live in
desperate days where there will be more opportunity to lose heart in the
1990ís than any other decade since the church began. Will you look at the
things unseen? Will grace make your affliction light as a feather?
Will we be fully persuaded that those things working AGAINST us are in
face working FOR US, a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory?
(2 Corinthians 4:17,18).
The spirit of faith won in
the prayer closet brings us up to Godís level of purpose, where we donít
lose heart. Remember in a crisis that the enemy wants to accuse Godís word
to your heart by causing you to look at circumstances rather than unseen
promises. After bankruptcy, ill-health, or a divorce, the devil wants you
to rewrite your theology of victory.
I lost a wife and a small
church within three weeks in April 1981. It all happened so quickly and
was the plan of the enemy to ruin my life and ministry. 2 Corinthians was
the epistle that delivered me. After eighteen months of prayer, my refusing
to allow the circumstances to dictate, I entered the most successful phase
of ministry Iíve experienced. The mercy of God is a powerful motivator
to bring forth ministry. In the days of loss, I didnít go to everyone asking
for the comfort of their prayers, but battled it out alone in prayer. Encouraging
myself in the Lord I knew what it was to endure the cross for the joy that
is set before us.
This experience has been
used by God to help others going through perplexity.
There are times of deep rejection
in a believerís life when the demons wait to cause you to backslide through
losing heart. Unbelief in fellow-believers can cause this malady that leads
to self-pity, sloth and defeat. See the word of God. Jesus Himself encountered
unbelief in Mark 6:1-6. How did He react? He multiplied His ministry
in Mark 6:7-13. Then the enemy came again with a losing heart situation
as John the Baptist was beheaded (Mark 6:14-29). Check out the rest of
this chapter; supernatural life flowed out with a new intensity. Thatís
how we are to be. Never lose heart, for we have this promise:
Reaping days are here again.
As the light of God fades from church to church; as the hatred from the
world rises; as confusion marks the end of the twentieth century, A NEW
STRENGTH OF GODíS MERCY WILL MANIFEST IN THE DISCIPLE WHO REFUSES TO LOSE
ďAnd let us
not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we
do not lose heart.Ē (Galatians 6:9).
Letís pray together:
Father forgive me for looking at the temporary, seen things of this world.
Cleanse me in the precious blood of Jesus that I may know refreshing times
again. I yield to the revelation of the Holy Spirit in my life. I believe,
Father that I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.
Give me the spirit of prayer and faith to be like a Hannah, to be like
Paul, so I refuse to lose heart. Amen.Ē
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