This precious truth is one of the oldest archives hidden in my heart. When I first began to allow the Holy Spirit to lead my, this is the verse I 'stood upon' first. When the enemy attacked to take me off track, I would recall this truth and speak it out loud. I would say it over and over again until I felt the peace of God. Storing biblical truths in our hearts is commanded for our own good, just like the rest of the commands. God designed and created us so He alone knows what is best for us.
The enemy doesn't jump out at us from behind a tree, rather he works in the lives of people around us. When people worked against me, I didn't fear because I held the situation up to the LORD in prayer. I remained open to the LORD's still small voice. I would try my best to follow the commands of Jesus on loving my enemies and not to hold a root of bitterness or retaliate. This didn't come naturally or quickly. But I remained true to taking my stand in this spiritual battle of life. I wasn't always perfect, but I did my best.
The LORD isn't looking for perfection; He is looking for people who worship in Spirit and Truth. The LORD said that King David was a man after His own heart. This isn't because David was perfect, but rather he was quick to seek the will of God. When he made a mistake, he quickly admitted it and repented, in true reverence to the LORD. This is how we got many of the heart-felt Psalms that we cherish. God is still looking for those who seek to do His will and who love Him. He doesn't except perfection, for He alone is capable of achieving that. Rather He is seeking those who will admit to the truth, even if it hurts. He is seeking those who will worship even when it hurts.
Genuine faith is tested and tried. This is the only way to know if it's true. When the storms of life blow into our lives for surely they'll come to all of us, this is when our true faith is revealed. It is my prayer that everyone will stand strong in the day of the evil one. That they will be equipped with truth and a strong faith. Amen.
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