ANOTHER “BUT GOD” moment. Ever feel alone? Everyone is against you? Like you’re Elijah, a lone prophet standing against the prophets of Baal? A John the baptist, a single voice crying in the wilderness, “Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!”? I have felt this way many times, like I’m the only one, rejected and forsaken. I have no friends and nobody likes me. I believe it’s a tool and lie of the enemy to make us feel alone and abandoned. The Apostle Paul felt this way on many occasions, and he was really alone and deserted by even the churches he had planted and fathered,

“At my first defense no one stood with me, but ALL forsook me. May it not be charged against them. But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that all the Gentiles might hear. Also I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion.” II Timothy‬ ‭4:16-17‬ ‭

In my words, “But God stood with me”. No servant of God was ever alone. God stood with them and strengthened them. He did it for Abraham, He did it for Moses, He did it for Joshua, He did it for Paul, He will do it for you. Do not believe the lie. Perhaps one of my favorite stories of the apostle Paul is during one of his missionary journeys when he faced a fierce storm and was shipwrecked. An angel of the Lord was sent to him and stood by him,

“But after long abstinence from food, then Paul stood in the midst of them and said, “Men, you should have listened to me, and not have sailed from Crete and incurred this disaster and loss. And now I urge you to take heart, for there will be no loss of life among you, but only of the ship. For there stood by me this night an angel of the God to whom I belong and whom I serve, saying, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul; you must be brought before Caesar; and indeed God has granted you all those who sail with you.’ Therefore take heart, men, for I believe God that it will be just as it was told me.” Acts‬ ‭27‬:‭21‬-‭25‬ ‭

A servant of the Lord is never alone, for God goes with you. He strengthens you and upholds you with His righteousness. Have you had friends desert you and talk about you maliciously? The Lord will stand by you and comfort your broken heart. Are you in the lions den? The Lord will close their mouths. He will not leave you nor forsake you to do it on your own. But God is faithful to do all He said He would do. The battle is His- stay the course. His Word is true. Therefore take heart, I believe it will be even as He said.


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