Devotion written by MZBC

Strong Believer
He delivered me from my strong enemy, and from them which hated me: for they were too strong for me. They prevented me in the day of my calamity:  but the Lord was my stay. He brought me forth also into a large place; He delivered me, because He delighted in me. --- Psalm 18:17-19

Don't you just love when you and the Lord are enjoying yourselves in your relationship with each other? No words can explain how awesome it feels when you sense the Lord's pleasure about you! It's an inside experience that no outside action can afford you. But then - something happens that breaks your spirit - and you can't find a cause or a reason to explain it. You feel like you are thrown distances away from your place of joy in the Lord. You question why it is happening. You begin to doubt that you are as strong a believer in the Lord as you thought you were. Therein lies the reason why you are in this current place of dismay. It is because you are a strong believer that God allows uncomfortable and even painful experiences to exercise you to an even stronger level of faith in Him. There are no limits about the Mighty God you serve! He is strong and mighty, and He created you to be the same in your faith, your hope, and your belief in Him. God already saw,  went through, and prevailed on the other side of each of your challenges and circumstances long before you had to face them. If He did it for your victory, what are you going to do in honor of His faithfulness?  Don't give the devil credit for bothering you when times get hard. Rise up to the occasion knowing that you are a strong believer who will be even stronger on the other side of every test!