Feel Defeated?

Devotional II

“…but they did not heed Moses, because of anguish of spirit and cruel bondage.”

– Exodus 6:9

From the time Moses and Aaron showed up in Egypt, the lives of the Hebrew people became more miserable than they already were. They were sent by God and represented everything God stood for. And when Moses spoke to Pharaoh about letting the people go three days to worship, Pharaoh became angry. If they had time to go worship, then they had time to work even harder. So, Pharaoh made their jobs twice as difficult.

At this point, Moses was angry with God, and He let God know it. Moses said, “Lord, why have you brought trouble on this people? Why is it You have sent me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in Your name, he has done evil to this people; neither have You delivered Your people at all.”

Defeated, burdened, broken, and frustrated. Just a few words to describe Moses and the Hebrew people at this time. God promised to do something, and it seemed like things were only getting worse.

When we accept Jesus as Savior and begin walking with Him in this world by faith, our inclination can be that things will get easier. In many ways, things get better and become more apparent. However, we may find that the opposition that we thought would be gone, sometimes becomes more difficult.  This can lead us to believe that God is not answering or fulfilling His promises.

Satan and the ways of the world will not let you go that easily. When he begins seeing you begin to worship the Lord, he will do everything he can to keep your mind burdened and occupied. And it is those burdens that cause us to fear, anxiety, and worry.

As a Christ-follower, it is essential to identify the opposition and the enemy that brings it because then you will know how to combat it. Through prayer and God’s Word in the Bible, you will be reminded that you are already victorious. Remember, Jesus has given you the promise to “resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Learn to put that action into practice, and you will be more than a conqueror!

“No, in all these things, we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor principalities, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord…”

– (Romans 8:37-39)

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