“Our Paraclete” by Pastor Teresa Miller (9/17/16)
How many can attest to having learned that God is a very present help in the time of trouble? I have discovered that I can rely upon Him even when I’m not sure of what is going on in life. When the enemy tries to bring fear or an unsettled spirit within me, I choose to continue to trust Jesus anyhow. I am learning more and more to refuse to buckle down under the enemy’s intimidation. After all his threats are just that, threats. He has to get permission from my Daddy to do anything to me. God has already assured me that He would not put more on me than I can bear. So I know if it comes to me, the Lord is going to bring me through it. And it could be worse. Someone else somewhere is going down in despair for the third time. I know in Whom I believe and I am persuaded that He is walking me through my journey. He is never very far away. He sees what I am going through before it comes upon me; before it enters my domain. He’s a watchful, diligent parent. I also know that if He sent immediate relief to me my faith would not grow. I would not learn to trust Him to lead me, to guide me or to order my steps. Therefore, I will be still and see the salvation of my God. I will be a first-hand eye witness to my deliverance.
Lord, I ask that You give me a heart and a mind to submit my total allegiance to You. People of God we have to go through the process so that we can help someone else. Let us not be selfish or afraid and try to escape the procedure just because it is difficult. If we endure the course of action, we will reap the benefits of knowing how truly awesome Abba is. God has come through for us in prior experiences so I, for one, am not going to doubt Him now! He has brought me too far for me to shrink under the pressure of the storms of life or to fold because of periods of lightening or rain. He is our Omnipresent covering and umbrella. He promised that if we suffer with Him, we are destined to reign with Him. So in spite of whatever… I’m here for the long haul and looking for surefire victory! How about you???