On the Road Again

On the Road Again

Often when we face adversity we quickly assume that God must not be in what we are doing, so we decide that He wants us to do something else. It is difficult to persevere, and easy to get comfortable putting off what we know we should be pursuing. When results do not come fast enough, we try to find other things to do. Questioning God instead of ourselves comes with ease. We presume His timing is not right rather than giving Him more time. Discouragement can lead to a diversion from our walk. The Spirit of God leads us to consider our ways so we get back by seeking the way of the Lord.

God told the exiles, through Haggai, to consider their own ways. They had returned to their homeland to rebuild the temple of the Lord 16 years earlier, but through the discouragement resulting from their enemies’ constant attacks, ceased construction. They occupied themselves with building their own house instead of the house of the Lord. The Hebrew meaning of “consider your ways” is to “get your heart on your ways” or “put your hearts on your road.” Jesus is the way and it’s in seeking Him that we remain strong in pursuing His will for our lives.

The Holy Spirit, with love and grace, helps us keep our focus on the King. He enables us to bounce back from discouragement, depression and despair. He turns our setbacks into comebacks and places us on the right tracks, from glory to glory!

Haggai 1:6 “You have sown much, and bring in little; You eat, but do not have enough; You drink, but you are not filled with drink; You clothe yourselves, but no one is warm; And he who earns wages, Earns wages to put into a bag with holes.” Thus says the LORD of hosts: “Consider your ways!”

 

Do Not Flee!

Do Not Flee!

The opposition of the enemy comes in many ways. He either tries to make us ineffective where we are, or completely move us from our place of destiny. To do so, he moves from bringing distraction–to bringing depression. With depression, he brings discouragement. The fear of not making it can cause us to move away, to flee. When we give in to these lies of defeat, we give up.

Nehemiah and Elijah both had a report that someone was coming to kill them. Jezebel was indeed after Elijah, but the word that Nehemiah received was a lie. In both situations, the fear of dying or not making it was used by the enemy to make them flee. Elijah fled with much depression and fear, but God rescued him. Nehemiah refused to flee, and didn’t believe the false prophetic word because it didn’t line up with God’s Word.

Elijah looked at his own life and feared to lose it, so he fled the scene. The enemy attempts to get us to focus on ourselves and save ourselves. We cannot. We have already died in Christ, so we have no fear. We confront every conflict by God’s grace. We do not flee from fear; we stand by faith. Only God has the authority to tell us to move to another place. When He does, it’s never out of despair, but out of peace. He truly leads us from glory to glory! 

Nehemiah 6:11 “And I said, ‘Should such a man as I flee? And who is there such as I who would go into the temple to save his life? I will not go in!’ ”

 

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