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Stability in the Battle (Psalm 119:86)

All Your commandments are faithful; they have persecuted me with a lie; help me! Psalm 119:86
  Trials are intended to benefit the believer, but often times they lead to doubt and—on occasion—to questioning God’s goodness.   The psalmist is able to maintain an accurate perspective of God’s word and the enemy at the same time. He begins by declaring what he knows to be true: God’s word is always trustworthy because it is infallible and inerrant. Regardless of the uncertainty of circumstances and our inability to see all that God is accomplishing, we can stand absolutely firm on all that God’s word declares.   The psalmist also states that his enemies, those who are persecuting him, are liars. Their lives are in stark contrast to God’s word. While God is absolutely trustworthy, his enemies are deceitful and completely unreliable. When speaking to the religious leaders our Lord made it clear who the father of lies really is:  
“You are of your father the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father. He was a murderer from the beginning, and does not stand in the truth because there is no truth in him. Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.” John 8:44
  The psalmist cries out for help in the midst of this great persecution. But keep in mind that he is not doubtful about God’s ability to provide help. He rests with confidence in the promises of God.   So, while he is suffering immensely, he maintains a biblical pattern of thinking. He is unwavering in his confidence in God and His word, and he knows that God alone is the One who can provide deliverance.

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58