A Quiet Time – When the Enemy Strikes (God will be Watching)

Dan 10:13 But the prince of the kingdom of Persia withstood me one and twenty days: but, lo, Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me; and I remained there with the kings of Persia.

When God is Quiet, When the Enemy Strikes

It does not mean that when we don’t hear from God then he’s quiet or won’t just speak to us. The Lord has something to say at all times in every situation. All we need to do is pray when things seem good or when things seem bad. Sometimes, good things may lie behind bad counterfeits. The Enemy always strikes when he sees a blessing coming your way in order to try as much as he can to steal, kill & destroy. It is at such times when we see tough situations that our blessings are coming. The tough situation is an attack to try and distract us from focusing on the Goal. And when that happens; we need to even focus the more and pray fervently so that the grace of God may abound on us. It is only the saving grace of the Lord Jesus Christ that saves us from anything that hurts or affects the purity of the Holy Ghost who is given to us as a comforter. When we do not hear from the Lord, indeed it is a good thing to check ourselves if there is anything we may have done that displeased him. We have to do this by way of prayer and fasting. In so doing, we keep a closer contact with the Lord. If we do this, nothing the Lord says will pass us. We shall always hear him.

Obedience is better than Sacrifice

At times the Enemy will come but, “Psa 23:5 Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.” This means greater protection! The Lord will not allow trouble to destroy us if we keep our focus on his word. If the Lord could use fire to speak, clouds, wind, or water before, then he still can use anything today, even broken pieces are still useful in the Lord’s Hands. Bones lived at Ezekiel’s time, what will stop them today? Nothing. It is prayer that we need to give time & again. Dan 10:14 Now I am come to make thee understand what shall befall thy people in the latter days: for yet the vision is for many days. Act 1:22 Beginning from the baptism of John, unto that same day that he was taken up from us, must one be ordained to be a witness with us of his resurrection. Salvation is Here! The Lord Jesus, Look for him while he may be found.


Father we thank thee, Lord Jesus we thank thee, Holy spirit we thank thee. Our sins have separated us from thee Master, punish us not, forgive us, wash us with thy holy & living water from heaven, As filthy as I am, thou canst still cleanse me, cleanse me Lord that I may be spotless before thy presence in Jesus’ name. Separate me from anything that grieves thee my Lord, waylay me with the mighty & precious Blood of Jesus. That I may be in tune with thyne will, Engulf me in thy wings and let me only walk when thou wilt. Teach me again and again, that your voice Lord I may know, that I may not be swayed by the Voice of the enemy when he disguises himself to be as one of thee. Thank you Lord in Jesus’ name.

Seeing Jesus Is Seeing God

He that seeth me seeth him that sent me— Joh_12:45
Utterances of Transcendent Importance
That these words are of profound importance we may gather from two considerations. The one is that our Savior cried them (Joh_12:44). As a rule our Savior did not cry. lie did not cry nor lift up His voice in the streets. But now and then, in some exalted hour, the Gospels tell us that He cried (Joh_7:37). And in every instance when He cried, we have words that take us to the very heart of things. Also, remember that in these verses we have our Lord’s last public sermon. From the beginning of chapter thirteen onwards our Lord is in seclusion with His own. And we may be certain that every word He uttered in His final and farewell discourse would be of infinite significance.

Does God Meet Man’s Need?

We recognize that infinite significance when we face the problem of our faith today. Our problem is not to believe there is a God, but to be sure that He answers to our highest thought of Him. We may justly and seriously question if any man be really an atheist. Some think they are, in moments of recoil; others assert it on street corners. But it seems to me that the thought of God is intermingled with our deepest being, as the sunshine is intertangled with the daffodils which are making the world beautiful. Our difficulty is not to believe there is a God. The atheist has been replaced by the agnostic. Our real difficulty centers in His character—is He equal to our highest thought of Him? For when life is difficult, and ways are shadowed, the soul can never have quietness and confidence unless the Rock be “higher than I.”

Is There Any Cruelty in God?

This difficulty is profoundly felt in the modern study of the world of nature. “I find no proof in nature,” wrote Huxley once to Kingsley, “of what you call the Fatherhood of God.” Nature is quick with whisperings of God as every lover of her knows. That was one reason why our Savior loved her and haunted the places where the lilies were. But no one can seriously study nature without finding there elements of cruelty, and at once the thoughtful mind begins to ask, “Is there, then, cruelty in God?” If there be, He may be still “the Rock,” but He is not “the Rock that is higher than I.” We never can trust Him in an entire surrender if there be a shadow of cruelty in His nature. And that is the difficulty of many students now, not to credit the existence of a God, but to believe that He is higher than our highest.

Is There Any Injustice in God?

Or, again, we turn to human life, eager to find God in human life. That is a perfectly reasonable inquiry, for “in Him we live and move and have our being.” Now, tell me, when we turn to human life are there not things in it that look like gross injustices — injustices that do not spring from character nor from any harvesting of sin? And if man be not responsible for these, at once the thinking mind begins to ask, “Is it God, then, who is responsible for these?” Granted that He is, God may still exist. Atheism is an illogical conclusion. But granted that He is, how can we ever love Him with our whole soul and strength and mind? If in Him in whom we have our being there be the faintest suspicion of injustice, we never can trust Him in utter self-surrender. Take everything you find in life and nature and transfer it to the heart upon the throne, and how extraordinarily difficult it is to believe that the Rock is higher than ourselves. And yet unless it be infinitely higher, there is no help for us when the golden bowl is broken nor when the daughters of music are brought low.

God Is What Jesus Is

And then we hear the word of the Lord Jesus, “He that beholdeth me beholdeth him that sent me.” Or, as He said to Philip only a little later, “He that hath seen me hath seen the Father.” We are not commanded to take all we find in nature or in life and carry it up to the heart upon the throne. “What I do thou knowest not now, but thou shalt know hereafter.” But we are commanded, over and over again, to take everything we find in Jesus, and by that to read the character of God. Just as a little moorland pool will reflect all the glory of the heavens, so Christ, in the limits of His humiliation, is the mirror of the heart of God. That is what the writer to the Hebrews means when, at the beginning of his magnificent epistle, he calls Christ the “reflection of His glory” (Heb_1:3). That is a very splendid act of faith in this seemingly unjust and cruel world. But that is the act of faith which marks the Christian. We by Him do believe in God (1Pe_1:21). If he who hath seen Christ hath seen the Father, then we can trust the Father to the uttermost, and leave all other difficulties to be cleared when the day breaks and the shadows flee away.

More On God’s Ability And His Promises

With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible . . . For with God nothing will be impossible. (Mat_19:26 and Luk_1:37)
God’s ability has a critical relationship with His promises. The greater we see His ability, the more sure we are of His promises. Man’s ability is one of the basic reasons we generally doubt his promises. This is one of the significant differences between God’s promises and man’s promises. Man’s ability often runs into human impossibilities. The Lord is not limited by “the “impossibility factor.” This truth is reflected in two stories of “seeming impossibilities” that lie behind our present verses.
A young rich man came to Jesus, seeking salvation. “Good Teacher, what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? ” (Mat_19:16). Jesus quoted the law to stir conviction of need. The rich man wrongly thought he was performing well. “All these things I have kept from my youth. What do I still lack? ” (Mat_19:20). Jesus identified with precision the man’s basic sin, putting money ahead of the Lord. “Go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.” (Mat_19:21). However, the rich young man would not put Jesus ahead of his riches. “When the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions” (Mat_19:22). Jesus then elaborated on the man’s difficult situation. “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Mat_19:24). The disciples (who wrongly assumed that rich men were the most likely to be saved) wondered how anyone could then be saved. Jesus corrected their faulty thinking. “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible” (Mat_19:24). Later, Jesus demonstrated God can even save a rich man (Zacchaeus — see Luk_19:1-10).
Our second story concerns the “impossible births” of Jesus and John, the Baptist. When the angel proclaimed to Mary that she would have a child before she even knew a man in marriage, she was initially staggered by the impossibility of it all. “How can this be, since I do not know a man? ” (Luk_1:34). The angel replied, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you.” (Luk_1:35). Then, the angel announced that Elizabeth (Mary’s elderly, barren relative) was now pregnant. Finally, the angel summarized Jesus’ divine conception and Elizabeth’s miraculous pregnancy with the heavenly explanation. “For with God nothing will be impossible.”

Dear Lord, You are able to do much more than put camels through eyes of needles. You are able to get sinners forgiven and into heaven. Lord, Your ability to do the impossible assures the certainty of Your promises, so I trust in Your word, In Jesus’ name, Amen.

God’s Ability and Promises

Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth . . . There is nothing too hard for You . . . Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? (Jer_32:17, Jer_32:27)
In a few brief days, we have meditated upon many of the strategic promises of God. When considering promises, the ability of the one making the promises is a vital concern. If we examine God’s ability and His promises with an open heart, growth in faith will always be the result. Here, God’s ability is explained by His role in creation and by His rule over mankind.
How able is God to fulfill His promises? Well, Jeremiah saw the implications of God being the creator of the universe. “Ah, Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and outstretched arm. There is nothing too hard for You.” Whatever the Lord promises to do has behind it His ability to create everything that has ever existed. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Gen_1:1). He was able to do this merely by His spoken word. “God said, ‘Let there be light; and there was light’ ” . . . “Then God said, ‘Let there be a firmament in the midst of the waters . . . and it was so’ ” (Gen_1:3, 6-7). The Psalmist understood the proper response to such a great God. “By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth . . . Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him. For He spoke, and it was done; He commanded, and it stood fast” (Psa_33:6, Psa_33:8-9). When our God, the creator of heaven and earth, speaks forth His promises, we should bow before Him and say with Jeremiah, “There is nothing too hard for You.”
The Lord later added a perspective for Jeremiah that should intensify our appreciation of His ability. “Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me? ” Our God not only created the universe, He is the ruler of all of humanity. The Psalmist also saw this truth. “The LORD brings the counsel of the nations to nothing; He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect. The counsel of the LORD stands forever, The plans of His heart to all generations” (Psa_33:10-11). When our God, the ruler of all nations, addresses His promises to us, we can respond rhetorically, “Is there anything too hard for [Him] ?”

Praise his Name: “Ah, Lord God, You are the creator of all the universe, and You are the ruler of all mankind. Surely, You are able to do everything that You have ever promised. Nothing is too difficult for you!”