Author: C.S. Lewis
I am grateful for Imagination, hope, faith, trials, the word of God, the men of old and all of those who allowed God to make the deposit and seal of His spirit. I sit in amazement when I ponder the conversations that Peter and Paul are going to have, I get really excited when I think of Elijah and Moses and Abraham and some of the prophets of old are going to entertain. I can almost hear their laughter about the faith they had to maintain. I can envision today what it must have felt like to quiver within themselves about the various trails they had to endure. I can just Imagine how they had to encourage those within their ranks to continue to desire progress and stay steadfast on the right path.
They looked… and there was the cloud of the Lord appearing in the cloud. (Exodus 16:10)
I find it an absolute quality to possess this day of heaviness to get in the habit of looking for the silver lining of storm clouds. And once you have found it, continue to focus on it rather than the dark grey of the center. Do not yield to discouragement no matter how severely stressed or surrounded by problems you may be. As I sit this evening in the word of hope and synergy I find that a discouraged soul is in a helpless state, being neither able to “ stand against the devil’s schemes”( Eph.6:11) himself nor able to prevail in prayer for others. Flee I say every symptom of the deadly foe of discouragement as you would run from a snake, and believe me family I am not a snake man nor a quitter. Never be slow to turn your back on it, unless you desire to eat the dust of bitter defeat.
I am at this moment searching for more promises from God’s word, saying aloud of each one, “This promise is mine.”Then if you still experience feelings of doubt and discouragement , pour your heart out to God, asking Him to rebuke the adversary who is so mercilessly harassing you. I am even having to allow my tears of pain to hit this key board at this very moment to ward off his attack about producing this email, he is saying they could care less about what you are doing here or even what you have to say, but I am pressing in regardless of his attacks and I am singing a song right now and I cannot hold a note(LOL). Family I am learning that the very instant you wholeheartedly turn away from every symptom of discouragement and lack of trust, the blessed Holy Spirit will reawaken your faith and breathe God’s divine strength into your soul.
Initially you may be unaware that this is happening, but determine to uncompromisingly shun every attack of even the tendency toward doubt and depression, you will quickly see the powers of darkness being turned back. Oh, if only our eyes could see the mighty armies of strength and power that are always behind our turning away from the host of darkness toward God, there would be no attention given to his efforts of our cunning foe to distress, depress, or discourage us! I am counting on Jesus, though he is harassing me that my life is shattered and there is no way you will ever get through this storm Aaron. I believe in the name of Jesus that all the miraculous attributes of the God head are marshaled on the side of even the weakest believer who, in the name of Christ and in simple, childlike trust, yields himself to God and turns to Him for help and guidance.
One day in autumn, while on maneuvers in an open prairie, I saw an eagle mortally wounded by a rifle shot. With his eyes still gleaming like little circles of light, he slowly turned his head, giving one last searching and longing look towards the sky. He had often swept those starry spaces with his wonderful wings. The beautiful sky was the home of his heart. It was the eagle’s domain. It was there he displayed his splendid strength a thousand times. In those lofty heights, he had played with the lighting and raced the wind. And now, far below his home , the eagle lay dying. He faced death because— just once— he forgot and flew too low. My soul is that eagle when in retrospect of my life I flew to low many more time than the poor eagle. This is not its home nor ours. It must never lose its skyward gaze nor should we. My beloved I see more Imperative than anything we must maintain hope, we must keep courage, we must keep Christ. It would be better to crawl immediately from the battlefield than not to be brave. There is no time for my soul to retreat. Please keep your skyward gaze.
Keep looking up—
The waves that roar around your feet, Jehovah-Jireh will defeat when looking up. Keep looking up— Though darkness seems to wrap your soul; The light will fill your soul when looking up. Keep looking up— when worn, distracted with the fight; Your captain gives you conquering might when you look up. We can never see the sunrise by looking toward the west.
If God would have wanted us to live in a permissive society He would have given us Ten Suggestions and not Ten Commandments. – Zig Ziglar