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THE BATTLE IS NOT YOURS BUT GOD'S!
The devil had me despairing of all hope.

Let me tell you about how the devil really worked me over in my "evil day", before I knew anything about evil beings in the heavenly realm.

I don't like to talk about myself, but I gladly make an exception here in the hope that others will not have to go through the despair that I experienced.

These things really happened to me, back before I was aware of any connection between "church stuff", the trials of life, and the despair and torment I was about to experience.

See if you can relate to my situation:

I had recently lost my job...
  • My wife was a stay-at-home mom; no second income.

  • We had four children in school.

  • Our house had two mortgages on it.

  • There were credit card bills.

  • We needed to buy groceries.

  • Our car was over ten years old.

  • My severance pay would soon be gone.

  • Not only that...

  • My skills as an engineer were 16 years out of date — obsolete
  • Newer [read: younger] graduates could be paid a lower salary.
  • Worst of all: my heart really wasn't in being an engineer any more.
  • But I didn't as yet have a better marketable skill.

Plus...

The weather was heading into the dark and cold months of winter. The nights would be longer and the fuel bills would be higher.

And then the panic attacks came.

I remember being half-awake in the middle of the night, wondering why the bed was shaking. Then I would realize that the bed was shaking because I was engulfed in wave after wave of fear and panic.

I would find myself awake in the night, wondering...

What would happen to us? Would we lose our house? Would we be homeless? How and where would the children go to school?

Have you been in a financial bind like that?

Maybe you've been in a similar situation.

Are you in it RIGHT NOW?

Or...

Maybe your situation isn't a financial crisis, as mine was.

You might have a relationship issue that's stealing your joy.

It could be a health issue; a devastating report from your doctor.

Perhaps you could name several real-life issues that would cause you to tremble in the night?

But wouldn't you agree...

Regardless of the cause, the fear; the panic; the torment; that feeling of impending doom — all of that is the same!

So think with me... what might you do?

  • Perhaps you could take medication to suppress those dreaded feelings. However, medication would also dull your senses, and there are usually unpleasant side effects. And besides, medication does nothing to fix the real problem; it simply masks the symptoms.
  • You could begin meeting regularly with a counselor. There are fine counselors — even Christian counselors — who would love to meet with you regularly for a year (or years). But in my crisis, counseling would have meant spending a lot of money that we didn't have.
  • You could buy books, and then spend weeks or months sifting through all the psychology stuff the authors learned in college. Eventually, you might even come upon a helpful solution.
  • Or... you could "cast your cares on the Lord..." (Psalm 55:22); or "cast all your anxieties on Him because He cares for you" (1 Peter 5:7)
That last option is EXACTLY the solution God longs for you to use.

Here's why:

The stakes are incredibly high!

Your eternal soul is in a spiritual "tug-of-war" between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness.

Satan is using every deception he has to divert your commitment away from God — WITHOUT YOUR EVEN REALIZING IT!

But because you have a free will, you have to choose which side you will cooperate with.

This is truly a supernatural problem. which can ONLY be overcome by using a supernatural solution.

Oswald Chambers, author of the classic daily devotional, "My Utmost For His Highest" expresses it nicely in this excerpt from the reading for September 10:

We imagine we would be all right if a big crisis arose, but the big crisis will only reveal the stuff we are made of; it will not put anything into us.

"If God gives the call, of course I will rise to the occasion".

You will not unless you have risen to the occasion in the workshop; unless you have been the real thing before God there.

If you are not doing the thing that lies nearest, because God has engineered it, when the crisis comes, instead of being revealed as fit, you will be revealed as unfit.

Crisis always reveals character.

So what you should always want to do is to cooperate with God and let Him work on you. His goal is to build character into your life — often by way of adversity.

Here is the method God uses:
Just as the S*T*R*A*I*N of weight-lifting strengthens your muscles, God uses the S*T*R*A*I*N of adversity to strengthen your faith. He does it because He has a plan designed for you.
God wants to transform your mess into your message.

That's what He has done with me. You are about to see "before" and "after" glimpses into my own life. He has taught me things through adversity that I would never have learned without the lessons taught in His "University of Adversity".

Here is Jesus' call:

28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. (Matthew 11:28~30)

Jesus has made no provision for you to live a victorious Christian life on your own. He is standing by to help you:

  • Come to Me — connect with Him through His Word
  • I will give you rest — your soul will one day find rest in heaven
  • take my yoke upon you — stay connected to Him.
  • learn from me — there are things He wants you to know.
  • For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light — When you are "yoked" to Jesus, He does the hard part.

Biblical wisdom is taking theology and applying it into everyday life. Through these lessons, I will pour into your life wisdom God has poured into me. Along the way, God will begin the life-long process of transforming your life!

Units and Lessons in this course.

This course contains 5 units with a combined total of 30 lessons
UNIT 1 — You Will Not Have To Fight This Battle! — {2 lessons}

ABOUT THIS UNIT: You think you have problems? Wait til you see the Bible story of how a group of God's people were about to be slaughtered by three armies. What did they do? What did God do? You have to read this example of genuine faith!

Also, here is the "back story" — the reason behind all the conflict that goes on everywhere. Discover why the universe and the human race even exist!

UNIT 2 — Real-Life Example of What Is Possible — {6 lessons}

ABOUT THIS UNIT: Here are the details of the incidents mentioned at the beginning of this page. I'm giving you a glimpse into the struggles of my own life. BUT: I've also included a few testimonies from readers who have tried the things I'm urging people to do.

UNIT 3 — Hiding God’s Word In Your Heart — {7 lessons}

ABOUT THIS UNIT: Equipping yourself with God's Word is so much easier than you could ever imagine!

UNIT 4 — Benefits — More Than You Can Imagine — {13 lessons}

ABOUT THIS UNIT: These articles will help you to know why you should go to the trouble of putting so much as a single verse of Scripture into your mind.

UNIT 5 — Winning The Battle — Walking By Faith — {2 lessons}

ABOUT THIS UNIT: Here's an encouraging lesson from "My Utmost For His Highest" by Oswald Chambers, AND a description of a genuine step of faith.

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