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.
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.
The weather was heading into the dark and cold months of winter. The nights would be longer and the fuel bills would be higher.
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.
What would happen to us? Would we lose our house? Would we be homeless? How and where would the children go to school?
Maybe you've been in a similar situation.
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?
Regardless of the cause, the fear; the panic; the torment; that feeling of impending doom — all of that is the same!
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.
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.
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".
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:
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!
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!
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.
ABOUT THIS UNIT: Equipping yourself with God's Word is so much easier than you could ever imagine!
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.
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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