Adversity…

For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans

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Isaiah 31:1-5

Woe to those who go down to Egypt for help and rely on horses, who trust in chariots because they are many and in horsemen because they are very strong, but do not look to the Holy One of Israel or consult the LORD!   And yet he is wise and brings disaster; he does not call back his words, but will arise against the house of the evildoers and against the helpers of those who work iniquity.  The Egyptians are man, and not God, and their horses are flesh, and not spirit. When the LORD stretches out his hand, the helper will stumble, and he who is helped will fall, and they will all perish together.   For thus the LORD said to me, “As a lion or a young lion growls over his prey, and when a band of shepherds is called out against him he is not terrified by their shouting or daunted at their noise, so the LORD of hosts will come down to fight on Mount Zion and on its hill.  Like birds hovering, so the LORD of hosts will protect Jerusalem; he will protect and deliver it; he will spare and rescue it.”

A  familiar strain is once again given to us.  Do not rely on man.  Rather seek the Counsel of the Almighty God through His Spirit.  Perhaps it is given to us so frequently because humanity seems to always fall back on their own strength when facing adversity; whether it comes from the enemy or is a part of the judgment of God upon the evil in the land.  When adversity comes we are reminded to look to our Creator for strength and guidance.  The strength of flesh cannot win against the attacks of spirit.  We win when we rely on the Holy Spirit.; then we have victory and protection.

Ephesians 6:12 NKJV 12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual [hosts] of wickedness in the heavenly [places].

Do not fear adversity, rise against it in His Spirit!

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