if this city is built and its walls are restored, no more taxes, tribute or duty will be paid, and eventually the royal revenues will suffer… (Ezra 4:13).
Ever faced opposition when you’ve set out to do the work of the Lord? Yeah, me too. The question is, what do we do when that opposition comes? If you’re like me, sometimes you cower in fear, other times, you start to entertain thoughts of discouragement and unbelief. Then, there are other seasons when you feel crippled by whatever it is that’s opposing you.
I’ve been experiencing some of that in this present season. God has been pouring out so many blessings upon my life recently. In the midst of it all I am now being met with lies, and “what if’s” sent to distract and discourage me from the work God has given me peace in my heart to do.
I sense fear and anxiety that’s rising up in me trying to convince me to be afraid and take over control. Yet, I hear the Lord saying, “Heather, I’m going to take care of you.” Honestly, I desperately want to walk in His will and hear His voice clearly. I think I’m less concerned about what could happen if I trust God in faith, taking risky steps and more concerned that if I’m not walking by faith that I’ll make a decision rooted in fear, worry or doubt.
Truth is, I know myself and the buttons in my heart, that if they’re pushed hard enough, I get sent into a bit of a panic. Buttons of worry, doubt, control, and fear. The enemy is really hammering those buttons hard right now. Since I know his tactics, I’m disciplining myself to lay down each thought and make it obedient to Christ.
Do not be surprised when you set out to be bold and courageous for God when you are met with opposition. Instead, praise God that He will show up for you and win the battles that are facing you as you trust in Him.
Lord, why would I ever doubt you. You are so good to me. When I think about how good you are, I am overwhelmed. Why would I ever doubt your faithfulness? I know that you will make a way for me in the wilderness. Lord, I just want to walk forward in faith. I trust in your unfailing love. If I start to stray, lead me back, I pray, in Jesus name, Amen.