“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1 John 4:4
Okay, Terri. So what does that mean? Why do I feel like a bobber tossed to and fro in the sea of life? My kids run me over. My fear controls my decisions. My illness controls my finances. My past controls my future! My finances control my prosperity. My job controls my time. My life is not my own! How can little ‘ol me have such greater power?
Let’s take this one step at a time. A storming general only invades where he knows he break down the forces first. Let’s say we want God to storm back into your life. Let’s start where it’s easy. Little victories build to bigger victories and more confidence. When I say you have greater power, it’s not me telling you that. It’s God. That verse is written in His Word. He wrote that book. He gave His gift of Holy Spirit to you. But you are the one who must believe it. Let’s start there.
You say you feel unstable. God talks about that too.
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man [is] unstable in all his ways.” James 1:8
That means you have to decide who to believe, God or the world. Believing only works if you do it. Once you decide who to believe you’re decisions will change.
But Terri, I’ve been diagnosed, my children have been diagnosed, my loved ones have been diagnosed.
By who? The World? The world diagnosed Jesus Christ as dead and yet his grave is empty. The devil diagnoses all the time. They laud that word and practice to the sky so we’ll be intimidated into not believing. It does not discount the greater power that God put in you. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lays dormant in you. Believing is the switch that turns it on.
“Behold, I [am] the LORD, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?” Jeremiah 32:27
Now is the time to take back your life, but do it one step at a time.
First: Build Faith
A great way to do that is to ask God; God if you were me what would you do?
The very first thought you get back is the thought to go with. Our minds are pretty fast, but God knew you were going to ask that question and He was waiting with an answer. Also, it’s His still small voice. This question is best asked with a clear, quiet mind.
What if God tells you to spread a hedge of protection a mile around your house? You see a sphere that goes up and down under the earth in your mind. Then what? Claim your ground in the name of Jesus Christ.
What if He says you need to start tithing and be consistent with it? Do you know the benefits of giving to God? They far outweigh anything we can imagine.
“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.” Ephesians 6:10
Building trust leads to building confidence. The more that you ask the questions of God and take direction from Him, the more faith you will have. It’s a process. Take back your faith first and foremost.
Second: Watch Your Mouth.
“Behold, we put bits in the horses’ mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. Behold also the ships, which though [they be] so great, and [are] driven of fierce winds, yet are they turned about with a very small helm, whithersoever the governor listeth. Even so the tongue is a little member, and boasteth great things. Behold, how great a matter a little fire kindleth!” James 3:3-5
Speak faith filled words over your life. If the tongue can kindle a great fire, let’s build a good one for God!
Third: Take Action
Believing is a verb, it connotes action. Sit down with God and develop a plan of action. Have your pen and pad ready for when He gives that plan. Ask Him about the diagnoses, ask Him about the problems at home, in your finances, in your work. He cares for you. He didn’t say be anxious for nothing for nothing. He meant to take those problems away.
“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.” Phil. 4:6-8
Fourth: Stand Your Ground
Stand your ground, the new ground of your faith. Every action starts first with a thought. The devil knows that so he’s going to whip the wind and storms up around you. But these steps are designed to scatter his forces, paralyze his attack, and hold back his attempts on your peace of mind. The more faithful you are at doing them determines your progress. Rome wasn’t built-in a day. Keep building towards your goals with God. We make physical goals and mental goals, why not make spiritual goals as well.
“….and having done all to stand. Stand therefore…!” Ephesians 6:13b and 14a
God bless you today!
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