Devotional: Don't Back Down

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.
Romans 8:28

No matter if you are a man or woman, please keep this in mind that you are worth it. If you were not worth it, God would have never sent His Son to die on behalf of our sins and gives us a new life and a new hope. It's hard to explain but as I am in a hotel lobby drinking my Caramel Macchiato, I felt in my spirit, the Lord reminding me of my worth. For many years I felt so worthless and gave myself endlessly just so that void could be filled. But God is faithful and He reminded me that only that void could be filled by Him and only Him. Nothing else. Not drugs, sex, food, money, etc...only Him.

When I was at my lowest, the only thing I could think of is the temporary fix and not the satisfaction that comes from God. As much as I wanted to give up and just turn away once and for all, it has always been God's promise that always kept me coming back. He reminds me that He will NEVER leave nor forsake me. 

I know that when the hard time comes we feel so alone. It feels like God has abandoned us but that is a lie. During those times it's when it shows what we put our faith in. Clearly, if we are lead astray we didn't trust God. One of my favorite passages is Matthew 4. It's a very familiar passage because Jesus was fasting for 40 days and 40 nights and on the last day Satan came to tempt Him. It's remarkable that the devil chooses to wait until we are all pumped for the Lord when he shows his ugly face. Satan begins to offer Jesus all these temporary and materialistic bargains that are hard to refuse but not for Jesus. Satan offers Jesus kingdoms but in order for this, Jesus had to bow down to Satan.

Let's take this moment to sit, think and put ourselves in Jesus shoes. I'm sure many of us have been offered things that even not in our right minds we would refuse. However, when you become a Christian one thing that changes is that we are renewed. Our old man passes away and we become a new creation. Jesus also had to go through this in order for Him to basically become our savior.

Regardless of the prophecy that was told of Him, He had to fulfil it. Jesus was still a man. So when we are basically in the desert with Jesus and Satan begins to offer us the same thing and tells us to bow down to him, just wait this out. You are trusting God for all He is, you have an amazing prayer life and an amazing relationship until that test comes or that temptation. In that moment you are (A) Going to continue to trust God or (B) Turn away and do what you can to make the situation go away.

Many of us I believe opt for B or in other words bow down to Satan even though we're a Christian! I know that's a crazy thought but it's the truth; many of us bow down because we simply do not trust God with ALL of our issues. We have to remember that God wants ALL of us and not part of us. It's like going on a vacation and you only get part of the package deal; you will feel completely ripped off. It has taken a lot of conviction and repentance for me to get to this point but now I realize that as much as I love God, it won't mean anything if I do not surrender it to Him. If I'm not willing to surrender than I'm not willing to trust God. And being a believer and not trusting God is an oxymoron. It does not make sense.

You are worth it, but you have to realize your worth. You have to realize that cannot keep going around the same situation over and over. And most importantly, we cannot bow down to the ways of Satan, no matter how tempting it may seem. Satan ultimate goal is to kill, steal and destroy (John 10:10).

My name is Denisha Rue and I was born and raised in Detroit, MI. I gave my life to Christ in 2007 when I was 16 years old but I didn't truly surrender my life until 2013. Jesus has truly saved me from a life of rebellion I love Christ and my life has radically changed when I said yes to the calling. I enjoy coffee, contemporary Christian music, reading and writing.