When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him. Isaiah 59:19.
The first few days of the Fast are the hardest – the struggle is real. But it is not over yet!
I was reading Amazing Grace, an EGW Compilation, and was encouraged by this devotional thought:
“God has provided divine assistance for all the emergencies to which our human resources are unequal. He gives the Holy Spirit to help in every strait, to strengthen our hope and assurance, to illuminate our minds and purify our hearts. Your part is to put your will on the side of Christ. When you yield your will to His, He immediately takes possession of you, and works in you to will and to do of His good pleasure. Your nature is brought under the control of His Spirit. Even your thoughts are subject to Him. If you cannot control your impulses, your emotions, as you may desire, you can control the will, and thus an entire change will be wrought in your life. When you yield up your will to Christ, your life is hid with Christ in God. It is allied to the power which is above all principalities and powers. You have a strength from God that holds you fast to His strength; and a new life, even the life of faith, is possible to you… Do not feel that you cannot; but say, “I can, I will.” And God has pledged His Holy Spirit to help you in every decided effort” (AG p 293).
Putting our will on the side of Christ means saying, “Jesus, if I could have three wishes come true today, they would be for . . . but Jesus, I yield and give up my wishes. What do YOU wish for me today? I want YOUR wishes for me to come true today. I want to be the answer to YOUR prayers for me.”
Then go and be the answer to you & God’s prayers. As we put our will on the side of Christ’s, as we yield to Him our “rights” – our use of time, our relationships, our life goals – He will immediately take possession of us and work in us to WILL (to really want) and to DO (with power) of His good pleasure.
“The lifework given us is that of preparation for the life eternal. If we accomplish this work as God designs we shall, every temptation may work for our advancement; for as we resist its allurements, we make progress in the divine life. In the heat of the conflict, unseen agencies will be by our side, commanded of heaven to aid us in our wrestlings; and in the crisis, strength and firmness and energy will be imparted to us, and we shall have more than mortal power….The Holy Spirit is ever at work, seeking to purify, refine, and discipline the souls of men, in order that they may become fitted for the society of saints and angels” (AG p 209)
The struggle you experience – it’s a good pain; it’s a necessary process. As we sweat in the conflict and strain and fight, we will experience the supernatural strength of Jesus training us to become citizens of heaven.