Time for a ‘good news’ story … something personal. I was really struggling the last few months, walking through some painful stuff. And, as a result, I was withdrawing and even losing hope … you ever been there?
Well, when things were looking pretty dark for me one day a few weeks back, I cried out to God like David in the Psalms; and I also reached out to a strong Godly woman I met at church. I shared some portion of my story and asked her to stand with me in prayer (Matthew 18:20). See the problem is I allowed myself to get to a point I forgot who I was … who I am because of Jesus and what HE did on the cross for me. So, I was cowering a bit, losing confidence, mostly focused on the problems and not the solutions.
But she reminded me what I knew to be true ~ that I (and you) are victorious because Jesus already won the battles for us ~ no matter what IT is we’re going through.
Scripture says we’re not fighting flesh and blood, but principalities and powers (Ephesians 6:12). And because of Jesus, those destructive things are under our feet and have NO power over us. (James 4:7; Hebrews 2:7-9; Luke 10:19; …) She reminded me that I am empowered through Christ. And, I am to stand, not whimper. And, so I did.
The next morning, I re-read what God says about me ~ and any circumstance any one of us is walking through ~ and I stood up again to fight using God’s Words … my sword, my shield of faith and the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18) … and I told the principalities and powers they had no power over my circumstances; I told them with conviction who reigned in my life and that nothing could come against me and my household that God has not already overcome.
See the problem is no matter how strong our faith, when the proverbial ‘stuff’ hits the fan, we have a choice. We either believe God’s Word or we don’t at that moment, in that particular circumstance! Depending on where you’re at, you may say you know of or even believe in a God out there somewhere. Or you may be able to quote scripture. BUT, if God isn’t real in your heart; and if God’s Word (scripture) is not real to you and me on a daily basis, then it has no value/power.
God loves you and me so much, that He sent us a solution to every problem; the ability to walk through no matter what comes against us. He sent Jesus and HIS Holy Spirit to dwell in us, to fill us with wisdom, strength, power and love. But, the rest is up to us each and every time we face a challenge.
So, in the last three weeks, I have seen a complete turn-around!! I am so grateful to God …. daily! But, we must remember, we have to stand, and we must believe each and every day, through each and every challenge (since we know satan’s job description is to steal, kill and destroy us).
I hope you are encouraged to do the same no matter what you face. BTW, a great resource is a book called ‘The Believer’s Authority’ by Kenneth E. Hagin. The best resource, of course, is the Bible … get to know your loving Father God, what HE promised you and then stand and fight equipped, knowing you are victorious! What ever you are facing is no surprise to God. He is just waiting for you to seek Him and grab hold of everything HE has ever done for you, and you WIN!
God’s Love and Blessings,