[Now to Him who is able…]

The devil is good. (Wow, that’s a misstatement!)

What I mean is this: he’s good at what he does. Confusion is the name of the game, and boy has he been trying to do a number on me. Guess what? Long-term, it’s not going to work. 

Satan knows how much I care for people. He knows that I don’t want to do anything that hurts anyone, but at the same time, I do understand that there are also times when that sorrow serves a purpose. (2 Corinthians 7:8-9) My own sorrow serves a purpose too. (Ecclesiastes 7:3-5)

Nevertheless, the devil uses my heart against me every chance he gets. He’s good at twisting Scripture and causing confusion. On a good note, this should make me more careful to move on things. However, because I am still learning, I do trip over myself anyways. (Weeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!)

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Confidence

As I learn from every mistake, however, I gain more confidence in the Lord because He’s the one who helps me out of every jam. Confidence and dependency on Jesus is definitely something that the devil would like to steal away from me, but he can’t. Oh, he’s good at getting me to take my eyes off the Lord (momentarily), but nothing can separate us from God’s love. (Romans 8:38-39)

I am confident in You, Lord! Help me to be even more confident as I navigate my mazes and walk my Tight Ropes! 

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“Do not be afraid of being too confident, if your confidence is built on God, and not on yourselves; but be afraid of being too diffident, and be afraid of having a great deal of self-righteousness masquerading under the guise of such a profound consciousness of your own unworthiness that you dare not call yourself a child of God. It is not a question of worthiness or unworthiness. It is a question, in the first place, and mainly, of the truth of Christ’s promise and the sufficiency of Christ’s Cross; and in a very subordinate degree of anything belonging to you.” –MacLaren’s Expositions on 1 John 3:1

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Peace

I was becoming so discouraged, but why? after all, I have Jesus on my side, right? The devil will use confusion, but we have peace in the Lord.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.” –1 Corinthians 14:33

Abide

I knew what I needed to do. To cut through this maze I needed to pray and ask the Lord for help. I don’t have a problem with this! As the song goes, I ain’t too proud to beg. If I have to, I’ll bug Him all hours of the day until my help comes. (Luke 11:15-13)

Mercifully, that help did come when the words “…to Him who is able…” went through my mind. (Thank you, Holy Spirit! <3) This reminder comforted me and brought me hope and peace again.

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Grace

Why should I be so afraid of making mistakes when my Jesus has got this? That’s a good question! I may stumble, anyways, but He’s got that covered as well. 

We have forgiveness as we confess and repent of our sins. (1 John 1:9 ) Therefore, as we depend on Him, we can be confident that He will present us as blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy. (Jude 24-25) (I put the Emphasis on the HE WILL and blameless because it’s not our strength at work, but His. Philippians 2:13 ) That’s grace.

For His Good Pleasure

“…and He is as willing as He is able; it is His Father’s will He should keep them, and in that He delights; and as He has undertook to keep them, He is accountable for them; besides, He has an interest in them, and the greatest love and affection for them; to which may be added, that the glory of the Father, Son, and Spirit, in man’s salvation, depends on the keeping of them: and what He keeps them from is, from falling by temptations, not from being tempted by Satan, but from sinking under his temptations, and from being devoured by him; and from falling by sin, not from the being or commission of sin, but from the dominion of it, and from the falling into it, so as to perish by it; and from falling into damnable heresies; and from the true grace of God, and into final impenitence, unbelief, and total apostasy.” (Biblestudytools.com commentary)

Praise!

Doxology: a public worship formula of praise to God

Now to Him who is able to teach, remindintercedeconvicts us of sin and righteousness, comfort and council all through the Holy Spirit who the Father has given to those who ask, so that we may confidently and joyfully serve His Son, to Him be glory, honor and all praise, for always! Amen.

“Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of His glory with great joy, to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.” –Jude 24-25   See also: Ephesians 3:20-21 and Romans 16:25

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(all pics in this post courtesy of pixabay.com)

Next—>Remedy for the Heart: Part 1

If you’re interested in following this series, all posts can be found here. And the first post in this series can be found right here: Faith: Mapped

14 thoughts on “A Maze of Confusion

    1. Thank you! 😀 I worked all Wednesday on it! I kind of stressed myself out because I realized that I didn’t have a clue what I was going to post, (I did have it in drafts, but it needed some rearranging and what not), but it leads perfectly into tomorrow’s post, so I guess the Holy Spirit knew where things were heading! 😀

  1. The devil makes me mad when he attacks. I hate him messing with me, my family, and my friends. But I am so thankful for the Lord who always nudges us and pulls us in the right direction. He is always always always there! ✝️

    1. Yep. He gets under my skin too, and it’s causing me to trip over myself way too much. Unfortunately, for him, it’s always going to work to God’s advantage. I’m starting to get this. It’s not a fun process. I’m experiencing some major growing pains, but at least this means I’m growing.

      1. You bring up a good point. I was just lamenting in my head about some issues in my own life. And then I read your comment which rang true. So thanks for that. I am praying for you! And one thing I do when I realize the enemy is attacking is to say aloud “Satan, I rebuke you in the name of Jesus. Get away from me and my family.” I learned this from my grandmother and it helps. But including “ in the name of Jesus” is key ❤️

      2. I’ve found that it is possible to turn the situation around for God’s glory by digging more into God’s Word and standing on its authority, using what I learn to share with others and help them overcome as well! We know God wins! HIS is the Kingdom, the power, and the glory forever! The devil wants a piece of it, but through the name of Jesus and the Word of God we stand and overcome by the authority of the WINNER, the Lord of all!

      3. Amen! 😀 That’s right! God works it for the good of them who Love Him. So we will stand firm. I’m not moving! Only in the direction He wants me to go. So absolutely, let’s keep digging into God’s Word, and trusting His authority. We know the end of the story, and it’s all for His glory. ❤

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