HOW much of God’s word is in you determines how you are going to handle and respond to the tough times of your life.
Any problem that is before you is not as powerful as the power behind you-God’s word.
Believe it if God says so.
“Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?” Jeremiah 23:29.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.”
When you are full of God’s word you face everything with the authority of His word.
As the enemy sees you, he will continuously see the power behind you.
Compare the challenge with what God is saying about it and see that His word is far greater than that challenge, whatever it is.
When King Hezekiah was attacked by the enemy king Sennacherib of Assyria he encouraged his people by the word of God.
2 Chronicles 32:8. With him is only the arm of flesh, but with us is the LORD our God to help us and to fight our battles.” And the people gained confidence from what Hezekiah the king of Judah said.
Sometimes we think that bad things only happen to ‘bad’ people who really deserve them.
The truth is, bad things happen and tough times come to everyone. They happen to righteous people too.
I Peter 4:12 says, “do not be surprised at the painful trial that you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.”
So instead of seeking how to avoid bad things, we need to know how to survive them. That’s what Hezekiah did. When he found that Assyrians were coming to invade his country, he encouraged his people saying, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or discouraged of the king of Assyria, for there is a greater power with us than with him.”
Above all, he trusted God for victory. And what was the outcome? The Lord sent an angel who destroyed all the soldiers in the Assyrian camp.
We all face tough times in our spiritual and physical lives.
If we want to win, first we need to take inventory of our lives. We have to strengthen what is weak. We can do this in two ways – “Prayer and the Word.” Then we will surely be able to defend ourselves against our enemy and conquer him.
Click the link for a related post on Seeking God in tough times.
The story of King David gives us the principles to guide us as we seek to encourage ourselves in the word of God.
When David faced against Goliath. David depended on the word to defeat his enemy. David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the LORD Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.” 1 Samuel 17:45.
1 Samuel 30:6 tells us, “David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.”
The prophet Elisha faced a similar circumstances when he was surrounded with the Elisha’s young servant woke up and saw the Syrian army. He asked Elisha what they should do. Elisha told the young man to not be afraid. He said that the army fighting for them was much bigger than the army fighting against them.
2 Kings 6:15-16. When the servant of the man of God got up and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked“ Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”
Believe His word and declare it daily over your life. Believe that He is raising you into a champion, an overcomer, a mighty shaker, a changer of the world.
His word shall bring light against the darkness and understanding that will help you prevail.
Psalm 119: 105,130
Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path.
The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple
His word will order your steps. He will see you through, and out of the tough times.
Believe the report of the Lord in whatever situation you may find yourself.
There is nothing impossible with God; He makes a way where there seems to be no way!
Believe God is taking care of the problem! God is in the tough-times with you. He will not leave nor forsake you.
God is His word, he has given us the promise of His word and the choice to believe it or not.
Choose to obey His voice today.
Know the truth of God’s word and it shall set you free.
The more you discover God’s word in life, the more you are going to be empowered to confront the issues of life.
Mind and tongue
Our mind and tongue are the battle ground!
Every time you apply God’s word , you receive a revelation and impartation that gives the anointing to know and apply the truth.
Mark 4:7-11 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants, so that they did not bear grain. Still other seed fell on good soil.
It came up, grew and produced a crop, some multiplying thirty, some sixty, some a hundred times.’ Then Jesus said, ‘Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.’’
When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. He told them, ‘The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables
The only way the devil kills the truth is to take it from our minds, but the more we continue believing, meditating on the word, the more you learn the secret power of the word.
The devil knows that if the word remains in your mind it will work miracles in your life.
Renew your mind with the word of God.
Take extreme care about the things that enter your mind so that you may not be controlled by the atmosphere or circumstances that present all around you.
Don’t listen to the situation or words which people say concerning the tough times you are facing, but learn to listen to God Himself.
Once you receive the word apply it, practice it, do what it says.
James 1:22-25. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does.
Start acting on the word by faith don’t receive and refuse to act.
Unless you take action the word will not work for you!
Hebrew 3:15 .”As has just been said: “Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion.”
Lord, whenever I face problems let me not question you, “Why have you allowed these in my life?” but let me understand that You are in control. Let me strengthen myself in the Word and in prayer, and be encouraged. I trust that You will fight the battle for me and I will be a conqueror. Amen.