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Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Never, No, Never Alone

One of the lies of the devil is that you are alone. He wants you to believe that there is no one who cares nor will come to your aid. He wants you to despair over your problems and/or the challenges you have. He wants you to be defeated. So, he tempts you into believing that you are alone.

It is no wonder that Jesus called the devil the father of lies. It is in the devil's nature to deny the truth.

God's word says:

1 John 5:14-15 (ESV) 14 And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. 15 And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.

This is not a promise of receiving everything we have ever wanted. It is an assurance in God that everything asked according to His will be granted. It is an assurance that He is with us in everything we do according to His will. It is confidence that we do not need to face the challenges we have before us.

Each event in our lives comes with God's permission. He may not be the author of the event but He is certainly the gatekeeper. Thus, we should be asking what God is doing when He allows these things to come in. Remember, this is a fallen world and He does not force sinlessness upon it. Many of the calamidies which we face come because of the fallen nature of this world. God, on the other hand, continues to allow these things to happen. He also brings about His good for those who love Him through these things.

Thus, we can pray to Him according to His will when these things stand as unpassable mountains before us. We can ask for the mountains to be removed. He moves these mountains.

But if we think we are all alone and that God does not know nor care we will never ask nor believe He will answer us. We have to know He is with us always. Jesus made that promise to those who were doing His will.

Matthew 28:19-20 (ESV) 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

This is the promise that we have from Him and we know that He never breaks His promises.

The only question we need to ask is whether or not we are doing His will. If so, we will never be separated from Him. We will always be able to go to Him with our requests and when we ask for those things which keep us in His will, we will always receive a positive answer.

John called this "confidence." You see, we need that confidence when we face the challenges which have been allowed to come into our lives. We are never alone. We are never left powerless against the problems. We always have prayer because we always have Him.