A husband or a wife comes home and, while greeted by their mate with a tender embrace, thinks of what happened at work, plans they made for the next day or how much the other angered them the day before. This can also occur in other relationships. Many interactions with loved ones are not treasured because of not focusing on the present.
Our adversary constantly tempts us to either think about tomorrow’s possible heartaches and pains or remember those of our past. He does so to steal the joy we can experience in the here and now. Missing priceless moments and letting valuable times of happiness pass by often happens unknowingly.
What is happening around us right now? Do we enjoy people and conversations to the fullest by intentionally abiding in the present? Giving our full attention to what comes our way takes an intentional purpose of the heart and the enabling of the Spirit of Christ. As we seek the Lord in the now, He helps us enjoy His abundant blessings, moment by moment, from glory to glory.
Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble.”
When passing through valleys of weeping, we see our tears become a fountain of peace as the strength of the Spirit of God fills us in our times of sorrow. The valleys of despair are turned into hope as the living water of the Spirit of Christ washes over our fears, pains and dark hours. In the places where we have no strength, the Lord’s strength manifests in greater measure.
In the heat of our battles, we find the Lord’s strength to overcome. He leads us to look for His ways instead of ours. It’s when we wait upon the Lord that we mount up with wings like eagles. Blessings are poured out as we go from our strength to His strength, and then from His strength to more of His strength.
The adversary may try to weaken us, but He cannot weaken the Christ in us. The anointing of God cannot be diminished. On the contrary, the more afflictions and tribulations arise, the more the Anointed One releases His glory. When we pass through the valley of weeping, Jesus is there to comfort us and bless us abundantly. It’s when there is no way that God’s way is paved, from glory to glory!
Psalms 84:5-7 “Blessed is the man whose strength is in You, whose heart is set on pilgrimage, as they pass through the valley of Baca, they make it a spring; The rain also covers it with pools. They go from strength to strength; Each one appears before God in Zion.”
We have a spirit of love, power, and a sound mind. We can bear up under many trials and difficulties in life because of the strength of our spirit. It is the Spirit of Christ dwelling in us that quickens our spirit and makes us strong in the Lord, and in the power of His might.
Even though we are strong in spirit, we also have a soul and a body. We must recognize the conflict we find ourselves in and remember that, even thought, we have a treasure in our earthly vessel, we can be weak in our bodies. We can have struggles in our will, mind, and emotions. In those times, the Word of God, prayer, and praise strengthens us.
Instead of doubting God in times of trials, let’s stand in faith, being persuaded that the outcome of our situation will be glorious. God upholds us with His mighty hand of power. In the power of His might, we withstand infirmities, losses, and afflictions. We can rest assured our Spirit is strong in the Lord and will help us through it all, from glory to glory!
Proverbs 18:14 “The spirit of a man will sustain him in sickness, But who can bear a broken spirit?”