Wednesday, September 23, 2015

KEEP PRESSING FORWARD



By Angeline M Duran Santiago

I know you're tired. I mean, really tired and maybe even at times you wonder, "Should I give up?" I know you're exhausted because I feel like that many times. But, then again, you need to understand that if we look at who we are, there's a reason things don't always happen right away, or at least I will attempt to explain it that way. 



We're soldiers in an Army of Faith Warriors. We're soldiers in a Battalion that is always under fire, always. We're soldiers in a battle that has been going on for years and we live so many times forgetting that although the world sees the normal person we are each day, in the spiritual realm, yes- in the spiritual world, our Enemy sees our true colors, our battle clothes, the ripped fatigues, the Armor of God, and who we really are- sealed by God's Spirit.


So, I know you're tired. You are on the battle field even when you think you're resting. We may not have weapons like the armies of this world arm themselves to aim at their enemies, but our weapons are our prayers, our praise, our worship, our love towards our enemies and the faith and heart that says, "Do not give up!"

I know you're tired of the same prayers. "God heal my son." "God set me free!" "God change my life!" "Lord, restore my marriage." "Father, make yourself real to my children." "Lord, touch my parent's heart." "God, restore my health." "Father, fill me with more of You!" "Dear God, show me your ways and open the doors to a new job." "Lord, I can't take this anymore. I hate so much and you have to work in my situation."

The list goes on and on. You are exhausted of waiting and believing. 


I'll share that I was like this also until I decided to just thank the Lord in the midst of my waiting. I decided to commit my life to Him with greater passion even when my prayers were not being answered. I chose to worship and praise Him as I waited for healing and restoration. I chose to feed upon His Words as I pushed through the battle grounds and faced the enemies that rise against me and my family.

I like these verses and know that they will speak to your heart this day also:

And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he will bear long with them?
Luke 18:7

Now this is the confidence we have before Him, Whenever we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.
1 John 5:14

(His will is to heal us, to fill us, to restore us, to bless us)

But, thou O Lord, art a shield for me; my glory, and the lifter of mine head. I cried unto the Lord with my voice, and he heard me out of his holy hill. Selah. I laid me down and slept; I awaked; for the Lord sustained me. I will not be afriad of ten thousands of people, that have set themselves against me round about. 
Psalms 3:3-6

Oh, I love Psalm 3 because it's like I can see myself in the pit, in the trenches, in the battlefield crying out to God and I am reminded that HE IS a SHIELD around me. He lifts my head when I am downcast and feel like I am losing my courage.



Prayer:
Lord, today I come before you unashamed to say that I have felt overwhelmed and stressed out in many areas of my life. I know that when I surrender these areas in my life, you take my cares and give me peace. My arms, my neck, my mind and my legs are tired of pushing through, crawling on the floor of this battlefield called life. I rise in the midst of it all and choose to praise you and thank you for your help, for the answered prayer, for healing,and for your mighty presence. 

Lord, I choose to hold on to your promises for they are true. Lord, I find my hope and my strength in you this day. I rise knowing you are around me, in front of me and all around me helping me face the problems that come. Use those things in my life that come to destroy me to strengthen my faith. Lord, I place every burden, every exhaustion of my mind, every discouragement, I place them at the cross in Jesus name and I choose to continue to press onward until you come for your people. Amen.