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Monday, November 10, 2014

Jesus Has Already Been There

Psalms 139 : 7 - 12, Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence? If I ascend into heaven, You are there; if I make my bed in hell, behold, You are there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there Your hand shall lead me, and Your right hand shall hold me. If I say, "Surely the darkness shall fall on me," Even the night shall be light about me; indeed, the darkness shall not hide from You, but the night shines as the day; the darkness and the light are both alike to You. NKJV
Hebrews 4 : 14 - 15, Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. NKJV
Do you ever feel as though no one understands you? One of the hardest places to be in life is where you struggle with an issue and have no one in your life that can begin to fathom your situation. It’s a lonely place when it seems as though no one can really relate to you and the unique challenges that come against you.
Did you know that all of Satan’s strategies are exposed in the Word of God? Nevertheless, Satan still plots against God’s children; and the scheme he uses most is isolation. Didn’t God say in Genesis 2 that it wasn’t good for man to be alone? However, God filled that void and prevented Adam from being alone when He created a wife for him. Even so, isolation is still a very effective weapon against humans because it can make us feel and believe that no one can connect with us on a level that can help us out of the pit we are in.
Just as the Lord God saw in Adam’s life the need to connect with others and filled that void, God also knows what we need. The answer to our every need has been freely offered in Jesus. He is a Friend who sticks closer than a brother. It doesn’t matter where we are in life or what we’re dealing with, Jesus has already been there. Not only has Jesus suffered with ALL that any of us will ever encounter in this life, He has gone a step further and defeated these strongholds on our behalf so that we can overcome them through Him.
One of the worst times to lose a valued relationship is when we’re in trouble, and we realize that our friend can’t relate to our circumstances and/or reactions and, as a result, he pulls away. Family and friends can only walk with us as far as their ability and/or willingness to understand can take them. However, it doesn’t matter how deep we may be in an adverse situation; Jesus has already been there.
The psalmist wrote in today’s passage that it didn’t matter if he ascended into heaven or made his bed in hell, God’s Spirit was there. If you have Christ in your life, then He is right there with you. I’m not just suggesting that His presence is there; I’m saying that He understands what you’re feeling and why you’re feeling the way you are.
The key to overcoming isolation and the rejection of others, who may not understand you, is to open up your heart to the Lord and allow His presence to fill it. The writer of Hebrews tells us that as our High Priest, Jesus has been tempted in EVERY point as we are, yet He did not sin. Therefore, don’t believe the lie Satan keeps telling you: that no one understands you, and no one loves you. Jesus can completely relate to you; and what’s so great is He can give you His power to defeat the demon of isolation and pull you safely out of the pit.
If this word has spoken to your heart in a real way, please take a very important step and place your trust in Jesus; allow Him to lead you out of the darkness of isolation. The very moment that you reach out in faith, you will sense His presence flood your heart. This will give you the hope that you need to defeat the enemy of your soul and overcome the obstacles in your way. Just reach out to Jesus and watch Him move on your behalf.
What a Friend We Have In Jesus,
Pastor Asa Dockery

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