Recently I was in Colorado on a getaway with my hubby. It was a work trip for him, but I tagged along. One morning I woke up, and things were hard. I felt tired and discouraged.
It might have something to do with the fact that I missed 2 days on my Synthroid while traveling (jet lag, anyone?), and I”m in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado and the altitude is a thing.
It could also have a lot to do with the fact that my daughter, who is battling some significant health issues, has been going through a really rough spot. Which is really hard on a mom to watch and not be able to fix.
The lie–it won’t do any good, so why bother?
The enemy watches and takes advantage of circumstances and starts running his mouth. He tried to convince me that today was just too hard. That it really wouldn’t do any good to pray today, or read the Bible-it isn’t helping anyway. I mean, look at what my daughter is still going through. Look at how hard life is. God just doesn’t always move, or always move fast enough. Why not just skip today, and lay around and watch TV, and let myself wallow in discouragement and depression.
Ever felt like this?
I’ve been around the block a few times with this kind of temptation, enough to know that the devil is a LIAR. And when I hear that kind of talk, I know I need to, more than ever, do exactly the opposite.
It doesn’t matter what I FEEL like. I just need to start. I need to make the decision to start. Which I did. I allowed myself about an hour to drink some hot tea, scroll social media, and get myself a little more together (this is a luxury I had because I was on vacation–don’t usually have time for this at home.)
Making the decision to start
Let me take you through how this went for me, because it will work just the same for you.
First, I got my book of healing scriptures out and started reading them- out loud. One of the first ones I read was Jeremiah 30:17- “For I will restore health unto you, and I will heal you of your wounds.” I read it a couple of times and paused and prayed over it. And then I reminded the Lord that He has promised this and I”m expecting that He is performing His word. I felt a little better.
I kept reading, and it didn’t take long for a stirring to start in my spirit. The Holy Spirit started quickening the Word to me. Joy started rising up. Boldness started rising up. I started remembering who I am. I reminded myself to believe this Word, no matter what I see, no matter what I feel–none of that matters when you are walking a walk of faith.
The truth– and the reward of doing the hard things
Yes, sometimes it is HARD to walk by faith and not by sight. But I’m here to remind you–IT CAN BE DONE. And there is great reward! (Hebrews 10:35-36). Let me share a few that really stood out to my today–I believe they will help you on the hard days too.
God quickens the dead and calls things that be not as though they were. This is how He operates–therefore, this is how I should operate.
Abraham, against hope believed in hope. He dared to believe in hope when it was hopeless for him. If he looked at his natural circumstances, becoming a father of many nations was not happening.
But Abraham refused to be weak in faith (this was his choice- not God’s). He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief (another choice). He was strong in faith, giving glory to God. He was fully persuaded (this comes by meditating on and choosing to believe what God says even when your circumstances directly contradict it) that what God promised him, He was able to perform.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5
2This is a good one! The weapons of our warfare are not carnal (they are not merely human–we don’t fight fair!) Our weapons are MIGHTY through God! They are capable of pulling down strongholds, overthrowing and destroying the lies and structures the enemy has worked hard to build in our minds.
We have the power to cast down evil, unbelieving imaginations and every high thing (anything that would assert itself as a challenge to the truth of God’s word–think about that–what are those things in your life? You can pull them down!)
This has become one of my favorite passages. God gives us His very own armor! And by it, we are able to stand against the schemes and tricks of the devil. We have been equipped to withstand our enemy. We are commanded to stand, and not fall. To not quit–to wear our WHOLE armor–not just one piece of it.
If all you believe in is salvation, then all you are wearing is a helmet. We must believe we are the righteousness of God (our breastplate). We must believe the Word of God above what we see or feel (girding our loins with truth, shodding our feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace).
And we must walk in faith! That is our shield, and this shield is no ordinary shield. It is capable of quenching ALL the fiery darts of the wicked. Doesn’t that sound good? Could you use some of that quenching in your life? I know I need it! How does faith come? By hearing the Word.
You cannot be a person of real faith if you do not grow it by spending time in the Word of God–every.single.day. The strength and effectiveness of your faith is directly proportional to the amount if time you spend developing and nourishing it.
No matter what it looks like, no matter what the devil is telling you and yelling in your ear, and presenting all kinds of circumstances to back up his assertions, we are not to cast away our confidence in God and His word. It carries a priceless compensation–our answered prayers–our victory!
We overcome by the blood of Jesus and the word of our testimony. The blood of Jesus is no match for ANYTHING that the enemy would try to defeat us with. But we must draw our line in the sand and enforce it. We must speak our desired victory (the word of our testimony.)
Let the Word produce the answer to your prayer
By the time I got through all of these scriptures, I was on fire! The word of God is alive and full of power, and it came alive in me! It encouraged me, it strengthened me, and it renewed my faith to keep standing and believing for complete victory!
There are multiple things I am believing God for concerning my health, my husband’s health, my daughters’ health, finances, life goals, etc. No matter how hard it gets–I mean no matter what–don’t quit.
Don’t believe the lies. Take your stand, and having done all, stand! Don’t let your feelings, fatigue, pain, weakness, discouragement, the loudness of your circumstances, or the lies of the enemy being shouted in your ear, keep you from the power of the Word of God.
Stay the course with committed faith
Lean hard into it. Let it produce life in you. Let it produce the results you are seeking. It is true above all else. I was no longer having a bad day. I had a wonderful day! What changed? Circumstances? No. My daughter’s diagnosis? No. At least not in the medical sense–not yet. But this I know–things are happening in the unseen realm. God is working and performing His word.
And I will be writing another post soon, telling you all about the great victory God has produced in our lives. He will do the same for you. Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Stay consistent. Give God time to work in your body and your circumstances.
Whatever you need, whatever you are believing for–He is faithful. Stand, and you will see the salvation of the Lord.