I lost 38 years of my life and I am not going to lose one more day to the devil on any level.

 

Psalm 139:1-12 To the chief Musician, A Psalm of David. O LORD, thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways. 4 For there is not a word in my tongue, but, lo, O LORD, thou knowest it altogether. 5 Thou hast beset me behind and before, and laid thine hand upon me. 6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high, I cannot attain unto it. 7 Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? 8 If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. 9 If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; 10 Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me. 11 If I say, Surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. 12 Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.

 

This scripture is exactly what we are talking about. It refers to standing in the midst of every thought and reality and having absolute peace even if it is in hell.

 

You should be able to stand in the midst of depression and not be depressed. You need to be able to stand in the midst of confusion and never be confused. You need to be able to stand in the midst of all disease and never, ever misunderstand health.

 

You need to be able to stand in the presence of all evil and never misunderstand the goodness and life of God. That is what I find in Scripture as a sign of maturity.

 

"If I say, surely the darkness shall cover me; even the night shall be light about me. Yea, the darkness hideth not from me, but the night shineth as the day." This is a powerful scripture against depression. Is darkness and light the same to you? Or are you buffeted by every thought and fiery dart that comes along?

 

Paul was buffeted, incredibly so, but he continued to serve God and subject himself to the mind of Christ. He did not stereotype himself. He knew he was called to be an apostle of Jesus Christ in spite of his battle with sin.

 

Psalm 139:13 For thou hast possessed my reins: thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.

 

That word "reins" means the innermost thoughts of your being. "You have covered me in my mother's womb." Jeremiah was covered, called, and sanctified before he was ever born (Jeremiah 1:5). In Psalm 139 David represents you and me. Even though you were born into original sin, as David tells us in Psalm 51, God was still there in the womb with you. You would not be saved today if He had not been there with you.

 

From the beginning, you were no accident or surprise. From the foundation of the world God ordained that you be saved and placed in your generation- and not just for a part of it. I do not believe God calls people to check in and then check out. I believe God calls you to check in and stay checked-in!

 

There is no retirement age in God. Moses did not start his ministry until he was 80. He wasted 80 years of his life, 40 of it hiding in fear.

 

Psalm 139:14-15 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. 15 My substance was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

 

It is time to accept that God knew you from the foundation of the world. Do you believe that God loves you in your unrenewed state? Do you believe He loves you when the fiery darts are coming? Do you believe He loves you when stuff is there?

 

Psalm 139:16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

 

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