Many times we are faced with obstacles in our physical body (sickness) or attacked by spiritual forces as we strive to live a victorious life. Ephesians 6:10 tells us that we battle not against flesh and blood but against spiritual forces. When we are faced with these attacks, God’s Word tells us what to do. Jeremiah 33:3 states, “call to me (cry out) and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know”. When we have specific needs in our spiritual walk, God, in His infinite compassion, is willing to help us to meet and overcome these needs. And many times, He often goes far beyond our request to do more than we can ask and imagine.
By “crying out” to God and asking Him to overcome the evil one and his power, we seek and find the victory that only HE can provide. David says in Psalm 56:9, “when I cry out to You, then my enemies will turn back: this I know, because God is for me”. Even the archangel Michael used his voice to “cry out” to God for God’s help when contending against Satan for the body of Moses (Jude 9).
“Crying out” to God when we face obstacles, trials, disease, sickness, or barriers to our spiritual growth is encouraged and exampled in God’s Word.
Here are a few examples:
1). For strength in my spiritual walk – Psalm 138:3, David states, “in the day when I cried out, You answered me, and made me bold with strength in my soul.”
2). For wisdom in my decisions – Proverbs 2:3, “cry out for discernment, and lift up you voice for understanding”. God desires to guide, direct and show us the correct path, when we “cry out” to Him.
3). Remember when Elijah was called to go to Zarephath and lodge with a widow and her son. Well, the son stopped breathing. The prophet took the boy’s body and carried him upstairs and laid him on his own bed. Here the prophet did the only thing he knew to do. Listen to God’s Word as to what Elijah did. “then he cried out to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord my God, have you brought tragedy on the widow with whom I lodge, by killing her son?’ and he stretched himself out on the child three times, and cried out to the Lord and said, ‘O Lord my God, I pray, let this child’s soul come back to him”. Do you know what happened? God responded immediately. “Then the Lord heard the voice of Elijah; and the soul of the child came back to him, and he revived.”. I Kings 17:17-24
So, my friends, if you find yourself facing obstacles, barriers, sickness or an opposing spirit, remember the words from the Bible!! “Cry out”!! “Cry out” to God for protection, deliverance and healing. We can never face a darkness so deep that we cannot cry out to God.
Remember Psalm 50:15, “call upon Me in the day of trouble”.
No matter what the dark situation in our lives, cry out to God! WHY?
Let us read the rest of that verse. It’s an awesome promise! God tells us, “I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me”. The crying out and the answers are to bring glory, honor and praise to HIM!
Sola Deo Gloria! For God’s Glory Alone!!!
Pastor Leonard Navarre