When Your Strength is Little
God is cheering you on
Do you ever feel like you’ve mastered this thing, your sexual desire. You feel like no way on earth would you ever get sucked into the hollow promises of sexual perversions. You might even say to yourself, “I’ve been there, done that, now I’m over it. My sexual purity game is 100%!”
I know how you feel but hold your horses. Here’s my recommendation to you: “let he who thinks he stand, let him take heed lest he fall. Just when you think you’re at the top of your game, your temptation resisting streak seems to be rising by the day and you’re soaring high, just then at the peak of your joy take heed my sister, take heed my brother. Here’s why…
I’m not trying to frighten you, far from it! I’m just trying to prepare you so you don’t crash when the testing comes. Let’s take a look at this verse in Luke 4:13. After a hungry physically worn out Jesus who had fasted for 40 days successfully overcame the temptations of the devil, the Bible says Satan left him for a little while… meaning that was not the first and last temptation Jesus faced.
Now here’s where I’m really going with this, did God tempt Jesus? Clearly the answer is NO. Did God allow Jesus to be tempted? ABSOLUTELY! Why? Because the trying of your faith does two things,
It’s a test to measure your level of strength and spiritual stamina concerning a matter.
It’s a test that works out in you the required tenacity to level up your strength against coming temptations.
When God allows a trial or temptation (that’s not born out of your own careless actions), then you need to rejoice cause it’s simply an assessment. Sometimes in those moments God might seem silent while the voice of the temptation would seem loud and overpowering. It’s because as someone rightly observed, during a test the teacher is silent, He’s silently watching, because the goal is to see how much strength you have built against this thing in the days of your streak! But guess what, no matter how intense the trial or how silent the Teacher is, He is still in control! The Bible says He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bare and with each trial he will make a way of ESCAPE! 1 Corinthians 10:13.
Oh wow! Glory to God! What a faithful Father! This is a good place to pause and give Him praise!!
When you see your way of escape and you take it, you just passed a trial! You should celebrate and bless God for the strength He has formed in you over the cause of your streak! And guess what heaven rejoices over you too! And sends you refreshment just the way angels came and ministered to Jesus!
But what happens when you don’t see your way of escape or when you see it but something in you turns a blind eye to it and you go down the path of least resistance, back to your vomit. Now this is the group I was sent to today so I need you to pay CLOSE ATTENTION because this is the message Abba has for you. If you fall into this type of temptation that was permitted by God to test you, this is what the Bible says about it; if you faint in the day of battle your strength was all the while small!!(Proverbs 24:10)
Now many people have preached this verse from a place of condemnation so when we hear it we feel bad and just stay there! Let me bring you into freedom this today! I write the next paragraph with a lot of joy and confidence in my heart because it’s a revelation straight from heaven!
When the Bible says your strength was all the while small, it’s not condemning you. It’s simply a statement of measurement born out of observation, which goes to show anyone interested in knowing, that this person’s strength had been overestimated so they entered into a fight that they weren’t adequately prepared for!
Now you do know that every single time you get tempted you are inside an arena, it’s you versus Satan. Yep! In the arena you have the host of Heaven sitting in the spectator stand watching you and cheering you on. And the intensity of the temptation is the battle level. So if you fight and you faint by yielding into the temptation, heaven is not condemning you! No! Your Captain the Holy Spirit is taking notes and looking for where you need more training, the kind of diet you would require and the smaller levels of opponents (temptations) you would need to battle and win in order to prepare you for the “boss battle”.
So when you fall into a temptation-test that you didn’t cause by your own carelessness, it’s not the time to get dejected and beat yourself up! No! It’s time to go back to your Captain, the Holy Spirit and ask, what’s the strategy for beating this thing?! That’s what a soldier does! You go back to home-base, get healed, replenish your energy, and re-strategize for the battle ahead!
What we often do is to hide from God and try to hide outside the camp because we feel like we have failed and embarrassed our platoon! Lol! Get over yourself! If you don’t return to base and get ready for the next battle guess what happens, you’d stay out in the open where you’re vulnerable and become cheap prey for the enemy, so he sends his small small soldiers (those levels that you had even defeated successfully before) to weaken you some more before he comes in to finish you off!
This is the most important point of this write up. Return to your home-base! In there you might get scolded a little bit because your platoon leader will go over why you were defeated but I guarantee you that once that is over, you will be covered and encouraged and fortified to surmount the coming battles. He will NEVER condemn you and He will never turn you away!
So wounded and defeated soldier, you’ve been out into the cold too long, come on home where it’s warm and dry. You might have lost this battle but rest assured that the war is already won!
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