Bible Ballistics: Vol. 15 No. 25 Please Don’t Quit??? We Win!
“Though he slay me,
yet will I trust in him:
but I will maintain
mine own ways before him.” Job 13:15
This is for YOU my friend, for I know you are aching. God knows, and I care! I want you to know that you are loved by the creator of the universe—the ONE who died for YOU—no matter how many of Satan’s lies you have allowed to put you down—GOD LOVES YOU RIGHT NOW! And so do I!
I know the pain of walking alone, of the disappointments of those around you who are supposed to love you. I know the frustrations of being disappointed with yourself. I know the pain of loss of the dearest things to your heart. But my dear one, please know that you have those around you and those in heaven above who have led the way, who have left the example for us of faithfulness, and Job is just one, one of the most amazing ones, but there are so many, and the greatest of all is our Lord Jesus, who is standing right there, right now just waiting for you to run into HIS arms and find the healing, restoration, comfort and peace that will dispel the work of the enemy of your life and soul! JESUS cares!
“What shall we then say to these things?
If God be for us,
who can be against us?
32 He that spared not his own Son,
but delivered him up for us all,
how shall he not with him also freely
give us all things?” Romans 8:32
But sometimes he is working, testing and pruning in our lives to do amazing things that we can’t understand! Don’t give up! Don’t give in to the one who hates YOU and wants to destroy you and the the amazing things that God has in store. He wants to destroy the work that you have poured out laboriously for so long. Don’t give up—but look UP! Look to The ONE who paid the price, who did all that HE did for you and me. And don’t forget that I love you—that HE loves you—that there is one standing by you that LOVES you and is suffering to the core for, with and because of your pain. Don’t give up—but look up.
“For this is thankworthy,
if a man for conscience toward God
endure grief, suffering wrongfully.
20 For what glory is it, if,
when ye be buffeted for your faults,
ye shall take it patiently?
but if, when ye do well,
and suffer for it,
ye take it patiently,
this is acceptable with God.
21 For even hereunto were ye called:
because Christ also suffered for us,
leaving us an example,
that ye should follow his steps:
22 Who did no sin,
neither was guile found in his mouth:
23 Who, when he was reviled,
reviled not again;
when he suffered,
he threatened not;
but committed himself
to him that judgeth righteously:
24 Who his own self bare our sins
in his own body
on the tree,
being dead to sins,
should live unto righteousness:
by whose stripes ye were healed.
25 For ye were as sheep going astray;
but are now returned
unto the Shepherd
of your souls.” 1 Peter 2:19-25
Please hear the cry of my heart, the tears that are flowing even right now—the tears of love, care and concern for you. The tears that have cried over my own loss to the enemy of one so dear to me (just as you are), who lost the battle and was taken from me too soon. My heart can’t bear the thought of watching you walk down a path of wrong choices as she did. Even as I did, so many years ago; and still suffer from the scars, the sorrows and the consequences of those lies that I believed. But praise God Almighty, HE rescued me before it was too late. Please, my dear one, don’t give in to the enemy!
“I am the door:
by me if any man enter in,
he shall be saved,
and shall go in and out,
and find pasture.
10 The thief cometh not,
but for to steal,
and to kill,
and to destroy:
I am come
that they might have life,
and that they might have it
11 I am the good shepherd:
the good shepherd giveth his life
for the sheep.” John 10: 9-11
And this good shepherd, my friend, is calling to you in that mountain of lostness that you are in right now! Please stop what you’re doing and listen to that voice that is calling so gently to YOU!
“And he spake this parable unto them, saying,
4 What man of you,
having an hundred sheep,
if he lose one of them,
doth not leave the ninety and nine
in the wilderness,
and go after that
which is lost,
until he find it?
5 And when he hath found it,
he layeth it on his shoulders,
6 And when he cometh home,
he calleth together his friends
saying unto them,
Rejoice with me;
for I have found my sheep
which was lost.” Luke 15:3-6
All this because YOU are HIS!
“Being confident of this very thing,
that he which hath begun a good work
will perform it
until the day of Jesus Christ:” Philippians 1:6
Even as Job knew, I know that you know truth—don’t let your pain hide that truth, don’t forget the goodness that God has poured out on you for so long, because of the troubles of recent days (long days, months and even years, yes, but not compared to the glory HE has for you!)!
“Then said his wife unto him,
Dost thou still retain thine integrity?
curse God, and die.
10 But he said unto her,
as one of the foolish women speaketh.
shall we receive good
at the hand of God,
and shall we not receive evil?
In all this did not Job sin with his lips.” Job 2:9-10
Job knew—even in his pain, sorrow and confusion—he knew that his God never fails; that even when we can’t see what HE is doing, we can trust that HIS work is always for our good and HIS glory!
“For I know that my redeemer liveth,
and that he shall stand
at the latter day
upon the earth:
26 And though after my skin worms
destroy this body,
yet in my flesh
shall I see God:
27 Whom I shall see for myself,
and mine eyes shall behold,
and not another;
though my reins be consumed
within me.” Job 19:25-27
Just as Paul recorded for us, he asked for relief, yet God reminded HIM that HE ‘had this’; that HE is trustworthy—HE never fails—He never says “OOPS”!
“And lest I should be exalted
through the abundance of the revelations,
there was given to me a thorn in the flesh,
the messenger of Satan
to buffet me,
lest I should be exalted
8 For this thing I besought the Lord thrice,
that it might depart from me.
9 And he said unto me,
My grace is sufficient for thee:
for my strength is made perfect
Most gladly therefore
will I rather glory in my infirmities,
that the power of Christ
may rest upon me.
10 Therefore I take pleasure
for Christ’s sake:
for when I am weak,
then am I strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:7-10
You will never know how I long to carry this burden for you, and while I can help carry it with you, only you can decide to “stand fast in the evil day”! Only you can decide to pursue the restoration of the JOY of HIS salvation—the salvation that HE has given you; not the salvation that we earn, or deserve, or work for, but the salvation that was paid for at Calvary with the precious blood of our Redeemer, King and Savior, Jesus! And while HIS grace is sufficient, YOU must avail yourself of it, or keep on trying to reason things out in your own way.
Just remember that God knows your name, and so do I—and I keep it before HIS throne.
“Nevertheless the foundation of God
having this seal,
The Lord knoweth them
that are his.
And, Let every one that nameth
the name of Christ
depart from iniquity.
20 But in a great house
there are not only vessels of gold
and of silver,
but also of wood
and of earth;
and some to honour,
and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself
he shall be a vessel unto honour,
for the master’s use,
unto every good work.
22 Flee also youthful lusts:
but follow righteousness,
with them that call on the Lord
out of a pure heart.” 2 Timothy 2:19-22
Please, my friend, don’t lose heart—but rather take heart in The One who LOVES YOU, and this one who loves you and prays for you even in this wee hour of the morning with tears, love and confidence in The ONE who hears and answers prayer.
“Seeing then that we have a great high priest,
that is passed into the heavens,
Jesus the Son of God,
let us hold fast our profession.
15 For we have not an high priest
which cannot be touched
with the feeling of our infirmities;
but was in all points tempted like as we are,
yet without sin.
16 Let us therefore
unto the throne of grace,
that we may obtain mercy,
and find grace to help
in time of need.” Hebrews 4:14-16
And I share just some final things that hold me fast and have held me for these many years. May you and all to whom this reaches out, find hope, help and deliverance today! My prayers rest on this message!
“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.
6 So that we may boldly say,
The Lord is my helper,
and I will not fear
what man shall do
unto me.” Hebrews 13:5-6
And Paul’s amazing declaration of our blessed hope!
“Who is he that condemneth?
It is Christ that died,
that is risen again,
who is even at the right hand of God,
who also maketh intercession
35 Who shall separate us
from the love of Christ?
36 As it is written,
For thy sake we are killed all the day long;
we are accounted as sheep
for the slaughter.
in all these things
we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us.
38 For I am persuaded,
that neither death,
nor things present,
nor things to come,
39 Nor height,
nor any other creature,
shall be able to separate us
from the love of God,
which is in Christ Jesus
our Lord.” Romans 8:24-29
With prayers and tears—you are loved. We win!!!
“Create in me a clean heart,
and renew a right spirit
11 Cast me not away
from thy presence;
and take not thy holy spirit
12 Restore unto me
the joy of thy salvation;
and uphold me
with thy free spirit.
13 Then will I teach transgressors
shall be converted unto thee.” Psalm 51:10-13
Amen and Amen!