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In Times Like These
Weekly devotional by Barbara Sanders

We go through so much turmoil at times and we wonder, "God, are you there? Have you forgotten me?" We don't meant to usurp his power, but we do by even thinking that He would leave us with our troubles, not holding to his promise to be with us.

Hebrews 13:5 [Let your] conversation [be] without covetousness; [and be] content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.

Our problems might be with our spouse, our family, the job that is too stressful, or something beyond our control. We try 'our' best to make things right. But God is saying, Let me do it, and we aren't listening closely to Him.

I Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you .

The devil is right there, peeping over your shoulder, listening intently to what you have to say. He hears you when you wonder where God is. This is thrilling him!! He things, AH, I have her right where I want her.......got to work fast!! And he gets busy trying to muddle your mind, take your eyes off God and what he will do for you. He gives you doubts that things will ever be right. He knows you know the Word, but he also knows that when a person feels let down, that person is not thinking straight, and usually doesn't give the Word a thought unless it's deep within him at that moment.

Joshua 1:8 says for us to 'meditate day and night', and it will make our way prosperous and we will have great success. Oh, how the devil likes to try and make God out a liar. He uses the very vessel filled with the Spirit, when he can, to try and accomplish this. It's so important for us to get deep in the word, get it in our heart and mind, so when the devil comes at us {it's never with a pitchfork!}, we have something to give him back!! The WORD!

The devil even tried to get Jesus to follow him and he [satan] would give Jesus power. But Jesus was prepared!

Luke 4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me , Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.

When satan taps you on the shoulder and tells you that things aren't looking good, or tries to tell you to doubt God, give him the Sword of the Spirit! Be ready to answer anything he has to tell you, according to the Word. Never try to answer him on your own.

Psalm 146:3 Put not your trust in princes, [nor] in the son of man, in whom [there is] no help.

Ephesians 6:16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

When faced with obstacles you can't move, remember there is One in you that is far powerful than he that is in the world! You can put your full trust in Him, know that he is always there regardless of the time of day or night. He can handle the largest problem as good as the smallest. He is a never-changing God. He is the Omnipotent, Omnipresent,Omniscient God!

I John 3:20 For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things . 21 Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, [then] have we confidence toward God. 22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.

Heavenly Father, help me to walk upright, engrave your words on my heart, and be bold in time of trouble. Show me the path that I should follow, guide my footsteps that I never stray onto a forbidden path. Thank you for being there when I call upon your name and giving me guidance that I need to keep my life straight and on the narrow path. I will forever give you the praise, honor, and glory due your name. In Jesus name, I pray. Amen.

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Written ©April 26, 1997 by Barbara Sanders. All rights reserved.
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