When Trails and Temptations Seem Never Ending
Do you ever have one of those days, or in my case a full week, where you just know the enemy is trying his hardest to hit you in every area he can? It’s not that you have more faith in the enemy than in God, it’s just that you can’t seem to shake the trials and tribulations. Even now, it feels like I can’t get out of my head enough to type up this blog. I’ve felt so trapped that the words escape me, and so I’ve pushed off writing this blog until the day before its release.
I imagine that Paul felt this way quite often. With all the churches that we know he oversaw, I can only image how many times he was stuck in his head. In fact, I think that he was tempted to feel far worse about his situations that we do. Because, let’s face it: most of us will never be thrown in jail, beaten half to death, or martyred for our faith. Even fewer of us will actually face the threat of death for our faith in the world we live in. Any yet despite all of this, there is a huge temptation for fall into the trap of Self-Pity.
I will tell you right now that Self-Pity is a spirit. It is a leader in Satan’s army and it is taking more and more of us out. What is a spirit of Self-Pity like? Well, I’m glad you asked! Let me explain:
Self-Pity is a spirit that will influence a person to dwell on their own griefs, sorrows and misfortunes. Self-Pity will super glue you to the past so that you stay stuck in a hell that should be over. Whilst stuck to your past you become a victim of your circumstances. In this state that spirit will cause you to feel as if you are deserving of condolences. The funny thing about condolences is that they are typically only given when someone or something has died. The spirit of Self-Pity will convince us that life’s usefulness has ended and that there is nothing left for us.
(There are many reasons for depression, and suicidal thoughts. If you are having trouble with mental issues then you should seek help. I would like to propose to you, while you are seeking help, that maybe one of the reasons for your depressive mental state is a spirit of Self-Pity. I think maybe you are being afflicted by a member of Satan’s army without even realizing it.)
When this spirit is active through me then I am the victim. I won’t take responsibility for my life so that God will meet me and help me work through my problems. Because of this, I am always stuck in the past. BUT GOD. God is not the God of the past. He is the God of the present and the future. The reason why our past is so bad is because most of the areas that hurt us He was never a part of. This is why they were bad! Remember in James 1:17 it says that the Father only gives good and perfect gifts. Were those moments from your past that hurt you good or perfect? NO! That’s why you’ve remained stuck. The enemy trapped you in the never ending loop of self pity to keep you defeated. The Father cannot do things for you while you’re busy living in the past. The Father cannot bring His future to your present if you are living in the past.
My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.
These verses are so important to this conversation about the spirit of Self-Pity. That loop of the past that Self-Pity wants you trapped in was only meant to last you a moment in time. No matter the temptation that you face it is only meant to be momentary. No temptation lasts you the entire day. If we can be joyful in the moment that temptation comes then our faith with give us patience for that moment. Through patience the Holy Spirit will meet us and help us overcome!
Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us.
That phrase “more than conquerors” means that when you go in to conquer the enemy you will return with more than just what he stole from you! You don’t just overcome the enemy, you are meant to conquer him! Don’t let your faith drift off into an endless ocean. Keep your faith docked at the promises of God and who He’s called you to be.
I’ll keep this simple and sweet. Trails and temptations, failures and adversity, all of these things will be over in a moment. Don’t let yourself stay stuck there for the rest of your life. You are worth more to the Father than that. You can partner with the Lord and defeat each temptation.
I’ll leave you with my main man: Paul the apostle. He’s got some great things to say on the subject.
1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;
2 But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.
3 But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost:
4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
5 For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus' sake.
6 For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.
7 But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
8 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;
9 Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
10 Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
11 For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus' sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
12 So then death worketh in us, but life in you.
13 We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken; we also believe, and therefore speak;
14 Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you.
15 For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God.
16 For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.
17 For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4