“Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”
There are certain things that are not sins themselves but that tend to weigh us down or become distractions and stumbling blocks to our Christian growth. One of the worst of these is a heavy heart that drags us down in our holiness and usefulness.
We are typically very quick to fall into the habit of complaining, doubting, & worrying, wondering if God has forsaken us, and thinking that after all we have been through, our hopes are going to end in failure. But we should refuse to be discouraged and unhappy. Instead we should “consider it pure joy” (James 1:2), even when we do not feel any happiness.
The Devil has two very masterful tricks…the first is to tempt us to become discouraged, because then we are defeated and of no service to others…at least for a while. And the other is to cause us to doubt, and break the bond of faith that unites us with the Father.
We must make a plan simply to shun the spirits of sadness, doubt and fear just as we would shun Satan himself. Of course, it’s easier said than done and we are not always successful…because like the Devil himself, these feelings confronts us especially while we are on the highway of usefulness and leave all our future prospects in a cloud of darkness, and our souls without their aspirations and power!
It is my prayer today that we will never give ourselves the freedom to doubt God or His eternal love and faithfulness toward us in everything.
May God grant us the grace to set our will against doubt, unhappiness, and worry. And may the Holy Spirit come to our aid, and give us true faith in God .amen!