“Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the sustainer of my soul.” Psalm 54:4
This past week I was hit “out of the blue” with such a strong warfare against my soul. There weren’t a lot of circumstances around it but it felt like fiery darts from hell sent straight at my heart. I couldn’t write, I couldn’t find perspective; all I could do was cry…and cry out to God for help.
I have been dealing with a lot of physical pain from past injuries which substantially interrupts my sleep (causing me to feel worn down). The enemy found that to be the perfect time to send the thief to rob me of my peace, my joy, and even briefly, my hope. Though my “week” of oppression seems a bit trivial compared to what many people are facing, it reminded me that when we cry out to God for help, He comes to revive and to take back all that has been stolen.
The enemy is always watching our lives for the times and areas of weakness and vulnerability. He is not only a thief but he is cruel to the core. The moment that he sees you in a vulnerable place he’s like a vicious beast on the hunt for prey that is weak and can be easily devoured. He’s always waiting to pounce on those who feel cast down.
But there is hope for those who are in pain and feeling weakened by the battles they have been facing…God is your helper! He will devour the devourer! He will not allow the evil one to overcome the one who makes the Lord their refuge.
No matter how weak you feel in your body or your soul, do not cease to make the Lord your refuge; cry out to Him for help. Though I have faced constant physical pain for the past two-and-a-half years (from a car accident), there has been amazing grace given to me as I’ve continued to make Him my refuge and hope. Even in moments like this past week, where all I had left to offer were tears and pain (the worst and weakest parts of me), I offered even that to Him. When I lost my footing He reached out and upheld me and received my pitiful prayers as worship.
You may be feeling at your weakest place, where the “worst of who you are” is all that you find left. Go ahead and offer yourself; just like the woman in Luke 21:1-4 offered the “widow’s mite”. She had nothing to give beyond the smallest of the Roman coins but she gave it and it has been counted unto her as “much” throughout history.
You may only have a “mite” to give emotionally, physically, or financially but offer it to the One who is worthy of all, it is counted as a great sacrifice. It will be one of your greatest offering. Though it seems small and pitiful, the Lord sees the weight of sacrifice that you have given it with and it is added to it in His eyes.
When you are rich and prosperous in your soul the sacrifice given is worth far less, but your offering that comes out of pain and lack is of great worth. When you are in great pain but lift your arms to worship (even when you feel nothing but your own pain) He receives it and counts it as a great sacrifice.
Yesterday I prophesied at a women’s conference; I obeyed and offered what I had in the midst of my pain, and immediately the heavy oppression lifted from me. It was as if my small offering received an immediate return.
Heaven responds to the sound that comes from the cries of those who trust in Him despite what they are feeling and experiencing. I believe that the obedience and worship that comes forth from the broken is an incense that is like no other. It is a fragrance like the vial of perfume poured over the feet of Jesus.
If all you have is tears to give, then pour them over His feet. If all you have is pain, then offer your weakness to Him as a sacrifice of praise. If all you have is a penny to give, then give it with the faith that moves mountains. If you have nothing…then offer your emptiness and watch Him fill you up.
God is your help and the helper to all who have made Him their refuge. He will not disappoint you.
“I look up to the mountains— does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber. Indeed, he who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps. The Lord himself watches over you! The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade. The sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon at night. The Lord keeps you from all harm and watches over your life. The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go, both now and forever.”
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