As Christians, we will have trials and tribulations, for one reason or another. But that does not mean we have to live defeated. God did not create us to be victims. He created us to be conquerors.
“Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)
When problems arise, sometimes there’s tendency to give in to the temptation to doubt God.
I understand that when challenges arise, it’s not always easy to trust God and His perfect will for you. Yet, that is exactly what we must do. And, that is where faith comes in.
I’ve had many experiences that required an increase of faith in order to turn the situation around. But one in particular required massive, mountain-moving faith in order to not get completely down and depressed.
You see, eighteen months ago I injured my back, leaving me unable to walk or sit for longer than a few minutes at a time. I was basically homebound for several months. For most of that time, I was not able to do anything except lie in bed.
So, I made a decision that as long as I was out of commission, I would engross myself in the things of God. I put all other things aside (well, I had no choice, I literally couldn’t do anything else). I determined to focus on guarding my faith because that is what Satan is threatened by, our faith.
But I have to tell you, there were moments that I really struggled.
Truth be told, not being able to come and go as I please for days and weeks on end, and not knowing if my back would ever heal shook my faith to the core. It was a daily fight to get my faith up, and keep it up.
But I was determined to not let the enemy win.
For the first eleven days, I couldn’t sit for longer than five minutes. I couldn’t stand for longer than five minutes. And, I couldn’t lie on my back. I had to lie on my side. Not being able to move about normally, or find a position where I was comfortable for extended periods of time really started to get me down.
Satan was working overtime to get me into doubt and unbelief. I knew that I needed to be doing everything I know to do to keep my faith stirred up. Even in the face of adversity.
I read my bible; I prayed in the Spirit and I listened to worship music. All day long. I did not let up.
“Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)
I kept faith-filled messages going in my ears and faith words before my eyes. Because faith comes by hearing and hearing…..and hearing and hearing. I created an environment of hearing and hearing, by the word of God (Romans 10:17).
I didn’t watch movies. I didn’t watch the news. I didn’t listen to secular music. I didn’t read anything unless it was based on the word of God. And, I fasted for two days.
After the two days of fasting, something broke. I felt it in my spirit. I had been dealing with a prior back injury that happened over fifteen years ago. It had never healed. It caused me pain and discomfort every morning since then.
But on this particular morning (after the two days of fasting), I had been engaged in spiritual warfare. I literally felt like I was battling for my life. I could hardly breathe and I felt very weak. But I kept praying in the spirit. Then out of nowhere, I felt a huge force of faith rise up in me. I got really angry at the devil. With all the fierceness I could muster, I commanded him to let me go!
Suddenly I felt something broke. I stood up and the scoliosis in my back from all those years ago was completely gone. My spine was completely straight now. Praise God!
I can honestly say I fought the good fight of faith. I came out of this trial with more than one spiritual victory under my belt, which I will share in my future writings.
After months of doctor appointments, x-rays and an MRI, my back and spine specialist found absolutely nothing wrong with my back. I am completely healed! Glory to God.
Just know that you can absolutely stop the devil dead in his tracks when you choose to stand on the word of God, and take authority over your situation.
Jesus Christ gave us power and authority over the power of the enemy. (see Luke 10:19).
We have to put on the whole armor of God and stand against the enemy (see Ephesians 6:10-13).
“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7)
You are not subject to the devil, he is subject to you. If you don’t truly believe that without a shadow of a doubt, you are not spending enough time in the word of God.
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)
The bottom line is this, if you are tired of the enemy stealing your stuff (your finances, your health, your marriage, your children, your joy), YOU have the power to stop him by fighting the good fight of faith.
“For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.” (1 John 5:4)
You have to fight the good fight of faith. Every single day. Show the devil who’s the boss.