Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written By: Teresa Criswell
"I love the Lord, because He has heard my voice and supplications (. Because He has inclined His ear to me, therefore will I call upon Him as long as I live. The cords and sorrows of death were around me; and the terrors of Sheol (the place of the dead) had laid hold of me; I suffered anguish and grief (trouble and sorrow). THEN called I upon the name of the Lord: O Lord, I beseech You, save my life and deliver me! Gracious is the Lord, and [rigidly] righteous; yes, our God is merciful!"
~ Psalm 116 (Excerpt from Psalm 116:1-5 Amplified Bible)
And we have the same Spirit of Faith.
My mind attempts to ponder this Supernatural fact. "We have the same 'Spirit of Faith'." It led me to curiosity of the simple word, 'same'. So I did my quick referencing via The Free Dictionary.com. In my quick search, I found there are several definitions, which I was familiar with. However, the word 'same' that is referenced in II Corinthians 4 is defined as 'Being the very one'. Now the other definitions mentioned obviously define the word, 'same', however, those definitions are more describing similarity versus being the very same one.
Nonetheless, I wanted to know who Paul was speaking of when he said, "And we have the same Spirit of Faith, according to what is written, "I believed and therefore I speak...". So I realized that he was referencing someone or someone's writings. I asked the Lord, who was he referencing? My Amplified Bible referenced, Psalm 116. I sat in my chair amazed.
The writer (author unknown) of Psalm 116 was in similar perplexities, hardships, and most likely being struck down whether in his thoughts, circumstances or just everything; yet even in all of the pressings of circumstances the joyous psalmist reminded himself of the Gracious God he loves. He reminded himself of His God Who is his Helper. He reminded his mind (soul) to just rest, remembering how the Lord had dealt bountifully with him. He yet again, reminded himself in verse 8, "For you have delivered my life from death, my eyes from tears, and my feet from stumbling and falling. I will walk before the Lord in the land of the living! Then in verse 10 that Spirit of Faith rises up and the psalmist proclaims, "I BELIEVED (TRUSTED IN, RELIED ON, AND CLUNG TO MY GOD), AND THEREFORE HAVE I SPOKEN [EVEN WHEN I SAID], I AM GREATLY AFFLICTED." He spoke forth whom He believed in even with all the afflictions that barraged him.
My closing thought for today: Just as the psalmist and just as Paul, I want to be make the choice and decision to be more overtaken by my belief in God, over the belief that I may be overtaken by the afflictions pressing me.
If you didn't get a chance to read yesterday's devotional, it is titled, "Pressed? Perplexed?"
**A side note from Rick Warren's 'Sparkling Gems':
(Definition of Afflicition: In most of Paul's writings, he associates "joy" with times of affliction. The word "affliction" used in this verse is the Greek word thlipsis. This word is so strong that it leaves no room for misunderstanding regarding the intensity of the afflictions the Thessalonians faced.
The word thlipsis conveys the idea of a heavy-pressure situation. One scholar says it was first used to describe the specific act of tying a victim with a rope, laying him on his back, and then placing a huge boulder on top of him until his body was crushed).