Sunday, May 31, 2009

LATE IN THE MIDNIGHT HOUR

GOD'S GOING TO TURN IT AROUND!
This is one of my favorite Fred Hammond lines mainly because of how the line is set up. The negative portion of the line is the former and the positive portion is the latter. I believe this is how Christians should approach our walk in Christ. Sometimes we are tired and worn, but it is fine because we know that we are standing up for our beliefs, for what is right. We also know that in whatever we go through we will be victorious because we have Christ on our side. We just have to hold on and stay with the Lord, simple as that.

In many situations we go through we can get discouraged because we do not see a way out and as far as we can see, there may not be one. I have heard Hebrews 11 referred to as, "The Faith Hall of Fame" as it highlights people who took drastic steps out on faith in some of the worst situations. These include Abraham, Abel, Noah, Joshua, and the one I think about quite often; Moses. With Pharaoh's army behind him and the Red Sea in front, Moses was definitely faced with a dilemma. Instead of just giving up because what he could see looked like it was the end, he trusted God, had faith in God, and he called on God. Miraculously, the Lord parted the sea and Moses' people walked across, Pharaoh and his people drowned.

I have been through some rough situations, but none as terrifying as what Moses endured. It helps me realize that sometimes in trials we are not supposed to see the way out or what is coming next. This is because God wants us to truly rely on him through faith; the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. If everything in our lives were laid out clearly and perfectly for us, many (probably all) of us would lose focus and direction because we would not feel the need to lean on the Lord. The Lord has to give us trials and tests to make us remember that he is still God and that we must lean solely on him. Hopefully during these situations we learn to trust him more and more and are growing deeper in Christ.

In relation to the midnight hour analogy I like to say that when we feel we are at our lowest points and we just can not take anymore that it is 11:45. We are almost there, we just have to keep holding on and staying strong in Christ. We must remember verses such as:

Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (1 John 4:4)

Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. (Romans 8:37)

I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. (Phillipians 4:13)

We also must remember that we must stay in the word so that we have a strong sword in this spiritual battle as in Ephesians 6. We must remember that God loves us and he is always on our side. I believe Romans 8:32 sums it up quite well:

He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?