Survival Secret #6: Never Take Your Armor Off

Survival Secret #6: Never Take Your Armor Off

Part 6 of 6 Survival Secrets to Successfully Battling the Storm

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

Oh that we would hunger to be filled with the Word of God; for there is no greater armor, no greater strength, no greater assurance that He is with us, and in us, when we go forth in battle equipped and nourished by His instruction and determined to stand firm on His promises.

Billy Graham

Good Morning, Warrior for Christ!

 

We are at the end of the newsletter series 6 Survival Secrets for Successfully Battling the Storm.

 

Survival Secret #1  The Father Wants to Rescue You!

Survival Secret #2 – God is Never Going to Abandon You!

Survival Secret #3 – God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle

Survival Secret #4 – Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

Survival Secret #5  Give Yourself Grace

Survival Secret #6 – Never Take Your Armor Off!

What do I mean by "Never Take Your Armor Off?"

Always keep God’s Armor on your body! Sometimes God’s Armor is misrepresented as something you constantly put on and off. That’s not the case. 

You want to always keep God’s Armor on you! It can take time to renew your mind to keep this armor on you. That’s okay. Start with one thing, and after you have shown consistency for a few weeks, put on another piece of God’s Armor. 

Remember, spiritual warfare is a way to freedom, not a way of life. Sometimes it might feel like it is perpetual but remember in Christ. You have already won!

10 In conclusion, be strong in the Lord [draw your strength from Him and be empowered through your union with Him] and in the power of His[boundless] might. 11 Put on the full armor of God [for His precepts are like the splendid armor of a heavily-armed soldier], so that you may be able to [successfully] stand up against all the schemes and the strategies and the deceits of the devil. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood [contending only with physical opponents], but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this [present] darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly (supernatural) places (Ephesians 6:10-12 AMP).

13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. 14 Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness (Ephesians 6:13-14 NLT).

Life storms can be exhausting and discouraging. Remember to rest in God. He wants you to have rest and peace. The Lord is your joy and strength. It can be easy to think and believe you can only have joy and strength when life is going well, but that’s a load of baloney.

It can also be super easy to get overwhelmed and feel discouraged when going through a tough season or a storm. That’s okay too. When you catch yourself wallowing in self-pity, get up, get rid of it, and get back on track. 

Focus on what God is telling you to do.

If you are not sure what God wants you to do, then do the last thing you know God told you to do.

It may feel you are even ignoring the storm when you do this. However, what you are doing is choosing to go by faith and not by sight. Just as horses wear blinders to prevent them from getting spooked or distracted, you too are encouraged to put on spiritual blinders to keep you focused on God. 

Do not focus on the storm, but on God redeeming all that the enemy took. Glorify God. Get excited about seeing how God will flip this on the enemy. It is amazing how a storm or a tough season can be the best thing in your life as it can put you on a more excellent path.

When you walk with Christ, you are Victorious.

The war is over! The devil will try to fool you about that truth but remember that you have already won! That is why I encourage you to keep your eyes on Jesus, not on the storm. The devil wants to take your attention away from Christ, don’t let him. 

He can only do this by you agreeing with his magic show. I say, “magic show,” because that is what it can feel like to me. The devil is going to get you to look over here at the top right corner, while at the bottom left corner, he’s doing the “sneaky” parts that make up the magic trick. Please stop it. Do NOT give the devil attention. He’s not worth your time. Glorify God. Tell that scoundrel to go in the name of Jesus.

This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go (Joshua 1:9 NLT)."

God is always with you. Be fearless and courageous.

Prayer: Father God, thank You for Your love, joy, peace, and strength. Thank You for being my rock, advocate, protector, and healer. Thank You for redeeming everything that the devil stole from me. I ask You to help me wear Your armor. Please grow me into a strong, courageous, and fearless Warrior for Christ. Teach me. Train me. Develop me into the person You want me to be. Please help me to use trails and storms as a way to glorify Your name. Thank You for helping me always to desire Your will over mine. I love You. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

Survival Secret #5: Give Yourself Grace

Survival Secret #5: Give Yourself Grace

Part 5of 6 Survival Secrets to Successfully Battling the Storm

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God.

Ephesians 2:8 NLT

You are not going to do everything right. You will mess up. You will make mistakes. You may even try to get God to move by doing good works instead of through your faith.

Stop believing you have to be perfect or do something right to be worthy or used by God! That kind of thinking will cause you to drown in bondage. Thinking like that is proof that you agree with the devil’s lies, not the Father’s truth or Word. Remember, no human being is perfect.

God knows you are not perfect. He doesn’t ask YOU to do things perfectly. Instead, God asks you to trust Him and live according to His Word. God wants you to be obedient to Him, not your excuses. Within that request, He asks you to give yourself and others the same grace He gives you!

 

God wants you to be kind to yourself. He does not want you to belittle or hate yourself.

You are going to have days where you do accidentally make a mistake. Or maybe God humbles you, and your eyes become open to your pride or some other shortcoming in your flesh that the Holy Spirit is working out of you. When God convicts you where your flesh is dominant, don’t get upset. Instead, rejoice! Yes, maybe you will feel deep sadness by this conviction. That’s a good thing. That means you care, and you want to do it God’s way.

We all have blind spots. When the Holy Spirit illuminates that blind spot inside you, rejoice because God is helping you become righteous! There are so many marvelous things that occur when the Father does this, and you feel this conviction because only the Holy Spirit can change you. It’s that conviction that goes right down to your belly that will help you renew your mind to doing something the way God encourages it to be done instead of how the world screams it should be done. That conviction is what is necessary for you to break up with that self-righteous way of thinking.

Maybe you responded with worldly thinking or had a lapse in judgment. That is okay. You are not perfect. You are a human. I will keep saying that because it is so crucial that you understand that you will fall short or mess up at times. Again, that’s okay.

What is not okay is when you choose not to listen to the Holy Spirit’s conviction. What is also not okay is when you decide to criticize yourself, hate yourself, inflict pain or punishment on yourself, wallow in your self-pity, or respond with anything other than grace. You have the mind of Christ, and if you have a relationship with Christ, then you know He would not put you down. He might correct you humbly and with love, but He will never shame you or be mean to you.

If Jesus will give you grace, and the Father will provide you with His grace, then why aren’t you giving yourself grace? Do you think you are better than the Godhead?

It doesn’t matter if you see it or not. When you fail to give yourself grace, you believe that your opinion is more important than what God says about you, and that is self-righteousness at the very best. When you start depriving yourself of grace, you encourage antichrist thinking inside of you! And you know what happens?

That storm you are walking in picks up speed and power. Everything will start to become worse, harder, more overwhelming, and the Spirit of Fear will gain leverage. You will feel discouraged, afraid, anxious, and weak because you are surrendering your God-given authority over to the demonic forces.

Now watch out because if you struggle with an Unloving Spirit and the Spirit of Self-Pity, then know they are potentially coming to knock on your thought door too! And oooooh, those spirits are ugly and mean! These spirits are going to tell you that you are not loved by God, by your family, friends, or even by yourself. They will say God cannot use you and tell you your life is pretty much over! Specifically, Self-Pity will try to make you feel bad about yourself and encourage you to wallow in the woes of mePsh, what a literal lie from hell! Stop it! Break it off, now in Jesus’ name!

Be the Warrior for Christ you are in your spirit and rise up declaring what God says about you!

The power living inside of you is mightier than all of the demonic forces in the world combined. You are going to have to break agreement with those Spirits by saying what God says about you! It’s okay if you don’t know the verse verbatim; just say what is in your heart.

Now, if those spirits challenge you, don’t get in an argument with them. Instead, tell them you will go look up the verse, and while you put your finger on that address, with your God-given authority, tell them to get their crap and go! They can’t stay. Break agreement with them and repent for even agreeing in the first place.

It’s important to remember sometimes Spirits come and train you to think a certain way and leave, and other times they are still within you. These spirits may try to come back because you are choosing to agree with lies that you aren’t good enough, worthy enough, or capable. Or your mind might produce those thoughts the Spirits trained you to think! But God says YOU CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS YOU (Phil. 4:13).

What Paul is telling us in Philippians 4:13 is you can do all things which are in God’s will for you to do. Guess what? It’s in God’s will for you to show yourself unconditional love and grace. How many times does the Bible say to love?

Well, I tell you that I have never counted. Still, my quick internet search says that the word “love” is mentioned 442 times in the King James Version (KJV) and the New Living Translation (NLT) mentions it 759 times. The difference in number is due to certain words not translating directly into the word “love.”

My point is that God wants you to love everyone, and that includes yourself. Start showing up and responding with love in all things!

And now abide faith, hope, love, these three; but the greatest of these is love (1 Cor. 13:13 KJV).

Paul tells you that love is the greatest of the graces because it is most helpful to others and God. Love allows you to be others-centered, not self-centered. Yes, loving yourself allows you to show up more for others because you are not obsessively focusing on yourself, acting like the world or God’s kingdom revolves around you! The opposite of love is hate, and hate comes from the devil, and all things that come from the devil rob you from life! Stop it!

Give yourself grace.

When you give yourself grace, do you know what you are doing? You are permitting yourself to be a human, make mistakes, not be perfect, and grow in Christ. Giving yourself grace is giving yourself the permission to be as you are, with the understanding that you are still walking things out.

We are all walking something out. Now the size of it might vary, but as Paul says, we all fall short of the glory of God (Rom. 3:32). It’s in our weakness that Christ’s power is made perfect (2 Cor. 12:9). Choose to let Christ’s power rest on you!

You cannot make decisions with the information you do not have. You can only make decisions with the information you have at that time and with the guidance of God. Sometimes you will make bad decisions. Even if you pray and acknowledge the Lord in all things (Prov. 3:6), you will have to take a leap of faith at some point.

You might be unsure what God is really asking you to do, so you step out in faith. Guess what? You might leap on to the wrong path. That’s okay. Pray to God. Ask for His guidance to be clearer, repent for the miss-step, and once you hear what He is asking of you, move.

This world is harsh. Please don’t make it more difficult by being a jerk to yourself. God is made stronger through your weakness. The Bible doesn’t say that God blesses the proud, arrogant, or people who believe they are all that and a bag of chips. It says the opposite:

But He gives more grace. Therefore He says:
“God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.”
(James 4:6 KJV)

You see, my Warrior, God’s grace is what benefits you. God’s grace enables you to resist the devil, to draw closer to Him, to weep when you sin or act doubleminded. God’s grace is what saves, but God does not want you criticizing yourself in His grace because that too is doublemindedness.

You cannot serve two masters (Matt. 6:24) and accepting God’s grace and beating yourself up is straddling the line of light versus darkness. Accept God’s grace and allow yourself to breathe. Forgive yourself for messing up. Rejoice in the opportunity to grow and learn from your mistakes. For it is God that blesses you to cleanse your hands, purify your hearts and minds.

Part of humbling yourself is learning how to give yourself grace and forgive yourself as the Father does. It’s also part of surviving the storms that the enemy brings. As you continue to walk in godly humility to humble yourself, God will exalt you!

Survival Secret #5 might be the most important one for you to remember. It’s the one that can help you keep the peace that Jesus has given you. Choosing to provide yourself with grace amid hardship will help you continue renewing your mind to God’s ways.

It’s effortless to hate on yourself. It’s incredibly easy to do what the world encourages when you feel you have messed up or are facing a storm because you are afraid. But God makes the foolish things the wisdom of the world (1 Cor. 1:20). Beating yourself up will only fuel the storm because the storm is not coming from God. Yet sometimes, it can be encouraging to remember that your life storms are what will put you on your God-given path! God can redeem everything if you let Him. If God is for you, who can be against you? I hope it’s not you!

Prayer:

Father God, Wow! Thank You for your amazing grace. Thank You for sending Your only begotten Son. Jesus, thank You for Your selflessness and obedience to Your Father. I know that I don’t always do things the way You encourage. I know I don’t always give grace to myself or others, but I am asking You to help me better give and receive grace. Please help me to be obedient to Your Word in everything I do. Please help me keep my eyes on You, not on my feelings, antichrist thoughts, or what the world screams. If I am doing anything against Your will for my life, please recorrect me and make my path straight as Your Word says. Thank You for all my blessings. Thank You for loving me. Thank You for softening my heart and developing my character to be more like Your Son, Jesus. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

 

Survival Secret #4: Keep Your Eyes on Jesus

Survival Secret #4: Keep Your Eyes on Jesus!

Part 4 of 6 Survival Secrets to Successfully Battling the Storm

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

Focus on giants – you stumble.

Focus on God – Giants tumble.

Max Lucado

We are continuing forward with this series, 6 Survival Secrets to Successfully Battling the Storm. Here is a quick recap:

Secret #1 is the promise that the Father will come and rescue you. He wants you to be with Him more than you do! Thank the Lord for the Father’s love and zeal towards us.

Secret #2 is God will never abandon you nor forsake you! He is always with you, even when you feel He’s not.

Secret #3 is God will never give you more than you can handle.

Today we are talking about Secret #4: Keep Your Eyes on Jesus!

I find this to be the best secret of them all! By leveraging this secret in every area of your life, you will QUICKLY begin noticing the victorious changes that will happen in your life from doing so. Unfortunately, it seems most people forget the power of Keeping Your Eyes FOCUSED on Jesus!

Do you know what most people do instead? They keep their eyes focused on the storm, tribulation, suffering, or the giant in the situation. Essentially, they are focused on what they can see. They allow their carnal mind to take charge, causing them to go by sight, not faith. However, Paul clarifies we are to go by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). As the only way to please God is with faith (Heb 11:6).

When you focus on the problem of a matter, you stumble and turn away from God. Even if you do not realize it, what you are saying to God is that you would rather depend on your own resources than trusting Him. It’s just like what Max Lucado says – “Focus on giants – you stumble. Focus on God – giants tumble!” Survival secret #4 teaches you how to rise over your obstacles! The only way for you to rise in a storm is by focusing and believing in God’s promises, not your circumstances.

Jesus tells His disciples in John 16:33:

I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world (NLT).

It seems people forget the last sentence in this verse. I cannot begin to tell you how many pastors I have heard use this verse in discussing resilience and the truth that hardship will come to you, but they always leave out that last part. The most important part of the verse is where Jesus’ promise and peace come into play.

Yes, on earth, you will have trials and sorrow, but take heart because Jesus has overcome the world.

Jesus tells us to take courage in Him because He has overcome the world. Do you see the victory in this truth? If Jesus is part of the Godhead and the Holy Spirit is the greatest power to exist, do you see how victorious you are when you choose to remain in Him (John 15:4)?

Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me (John15:4 NLT).

What Jesus is telling you in John 15:4 is that you are to make constant, moment-by-moment decisions to follow Jesus. You cannot be passive about this. You must be proactive! That is why the Word reminds you so many times to keep your eyes focused on Him!

You must remember, when the devil is trying to bring you down – he has already lost because Jesus has already overcome the world. It’s done. Jesus overcame the world by rising from the grave. Rest on that truth instead of getting caught up in the lies the devil is trying to sell you, typically through fear.

Here are five ways you can abide in Jesus:

  • Believe Jesus is the Son of God (1 John 4:15)
  • Receive Him as your Lord & Savior (John 1:2)
  • Do what God says (1 John 3:24)
  • Continue believing in the Gospel (1 John 2:24)
  • Relate in love to the community of believers, Christ’s body (John 15:12)

John 16:33 contains a powerful promise that is also offered to you! Jesus promised the disciples peace through their union with Him. The world, Satan’s system, is the opposite of God’s. Satan will give believers terrible trouble and opposition. But that’s just a fact of life. The truth is that Jesus has beaten Satan’s system, won the victory, and overcome the world.

With Jesus, you are never alone. Not only is there a body of Christ to rejoice and mourn with you (Rom. 12:14), but Jesus is also always with you as we learned in Survival Secret #2. Despite the inevitable struggles you may face, you are not alone! If the Father did not leave Jesus alone, He’s not going to leave you either! The question is, what are you going to put you focus on? What are you choosing to believe?

Jesus Christ does not abandon His disciples to their own struggles! You have to remember the ultimate VICTORY has already been won. You can claim the peace of Christ in the most troublesome times. Jesus wants you to have peace! He gave you peace, but not as the world gives it.

I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid (John 14:27 NLT).

Stop focusing on the problem and focus on Jesus. You have to believe that Jesus will show up for you because He will. You have to begin saying to yourself, Well, I cannot wait to see how Jesus turns this on the devil’s head. Sometimes the chaos of a situation is the exact strategy of how God will work it out. Do you remember how Peter tried to stop the high priest’s servant, Malchus, from taking Jesus in John 18:10-11? Peter didn’t recognize God’s plan, nor did he stop and pray to ask what the plan was! Peter just reacted in the midst of confusion and pressure and was actually going against what God wanted and needed to happen. Imagine if Jesus did not go to the cross!

Never does Jesus promise the absence of trouble. Instead, Jesus supplies strength and comfort for every burden you are called to carry. Jesus offers peace. It is the peace He modeled every day. Jesus’ peace did not flee conflict, pain, or death. Perhaps you have noticed that the more intense Jesus’ difficulties were, the more apparent His peace became. How did He derive this peace? Through an intimate relationship with God, the Father! Jesus allowed the peace of God to move into His heart and life to restrain the hostile forces (sin, fear, and doubt) and offer comfort in place of conflict. Jesus will give you that same peace if you are willing to accept it from Him! Are you ready to accept the peace Jesus offers?

As mentioned above, many people assume the word peace means the absence of conflict. Jesus promises His peace will become apparent in the very middle of trouble and conflict, but you have to keep your focus on Him. The devil is like a magician. He wants you to focus over there so over here he can do his trick.

Trouble can help remind you to ask for Jesus’ peace! Sometimes the Father will immediately stop the storm when you ask. But, more times than not, God’s answer will not usually mean the problem stops, but He does promise that Jesus’ peace will see you through that difficult time.

In closing, are you relying on Jesus’ peace in the face of trials? Or are you focusing on the circumstances?

Prayer: Father God, help me keep my eyes fixed on Jesus instead of the problem. Help me surrender my cares to You so I can keep my heart free from trouble. Father, help me to rest on Jesus’ peace and Your love for me. I ask You to help me grow in the peace and rest that Jesus offers me. Thank You for Your love. Thank You for sending Your only Son to die for me. I am choosing today to receive the promises and gifts You have given me. I ask You to help me keep my eyes on You and not on what I can see. Father, help me to use my faith to change what tomorrow brings. Thank you for growing me in Your faith. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

SURVIVAL SECRET #3: God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle

Survival Secret #3: God Will Never Give You More Than You Can Handle

Part 3 of 6 Survival Secrets to Successfully Battling the Storm3

By: Elizabeth L. Creecy

"Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved."

 -Psalm 55:22 ESV

I hope everyone had a joyful Easter. What a beautiful day to reflect on the power of Jesus and the VICTORY He gave us through His selfless sacrifice.

We are continuing forward with this series, 6 Survival Secrets to Successfully Battling the Storm. Secret #1 is the promise that the Father will come and rescue you. He wants you to be with Him more than you do! Thank the Lord for the Father’s love and zeal towards us. Secret #2 is God will never abandon you nor forsake you! He is always with you even when you feel He’s not.

I cannot speak for you, but just those two secrets bring me so much comfort. Amid a storm, it can be incredibly easy to forget these truths and turn your attention to the storm instead of your Protector, Jesus Christ! Of course, God has more than six secrets to help you battle the storm. One thing that is so awesome about God is that there is so much wisdom, power, and truth in the Bible to comfort you.

Let's move to surviaval secret #3: God will not give you more than you can handle!

In 2012, the Christian hip-hop band, Group 1 Crew released a song called “He Said.” There are a few lyrics in this song that have always stuck out to me.

"So your life feels like it don't make sense And you think to yourself, "I'm a good person" So why do these things keep happening? Why you gotta deal with them?
You may be knocked down now But don't forget what He said, He said
"I won't give you more, more than you can take And I might let you bend, but I won't let you break
And No-o-o-o-o, I'll never ever let you go-o-o-o-o" Don't you forget what He said"

Those two highlighted lines brought me so much comfort when the Holy Spirit made them come alive to me. (To hear the song, please click on the link below the lyrics).

 God will not give you more than you can handle. He will stretch you, push you, and grow you, but He will never ever let you break! Wow. That’s awesome. God is always there with you (Deut. 31:6). Praise Jesus 🙌🏼!

Perhaps, as the song says, you feel like your life is not making sense with all the obstacles, challenges, and schemes in front of you. Maybe you’re wondering what is going on and where is God? It’s easy to get discouraged and feel like God has forsaken you, but those are lies from the devil because God’s Word says the opposite.

Our Father is so merciful. He PROMISES not to give you more than you can handle (1 Cor. 10:13). Again, God will not give you more than you can take. 

Sometimes it feels like Christians can quickly adopt the mindset of I am a believer. Bad things aren’t supposed to happen to me. I want an easy, obstacle-free life. But guess what? That’s chasing a fantasy. Everyone faces hardship. Everyone experiences suffering. 

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13 NKJV).

From this verse above, we know the following:

  • Temptation does not come from God (James 1:14-1:15).
  • Trouble does not come from God because God gives life and is the source of love and blessing.
  • Everyone faces temptation, so don’t feel or act like you have been singled out. 
  • There is no shame in being tempted. 
  • As a believer in Christ, you can resist all temptation because God will show you how to resist it. God will even help you resist the temptation by helping you. 

Temptation is not limited to the lust of the eyes or living through your flesh. The soul’s three enemies are summarized as the world, the flesh, and the devil in Christian theology. Therefore, the temptation may come in the form of a lie as a thought that you think is yours.

 For example, perhaps God is asking you to move out of your comfort zone and take a leap of faith. And let’s also say for this example you struggle with Fear of Poverty. Well, the principalities of darkness could either be inside of you or have trained you to think in a certain way. When you contemplate trusting God and being obedient to His command, you may be bombarded with thoughts such as, but not limited to: 

  • How will I pay my bills? 
  • I can’t do this. This is too scary. 
  • What if I fail? 
  • What if I can’t do it? 
  • God, I can’t do that. That doesn’t make sense. How will I pay my bills? This request can’t be from you! 
  • Or other catastrophizing and fear-filled thoughts

With those thoughts, you may notice tightness, extra energy, or jitters running through your chest, and it will feel uncomfortable. You might find yourself worrying about tomorrow, which is a sin, as Jesus tells us in Matthew 6. If you are a bit like me, maybe you want to run away and hide. I get it but understand all of that is not from God, but the devil.

Notice all of these thoughts come from not trusting God, but self. What does Fear do? Fear wants to control you and keep you from moving forward! Fear wants to stop your future! Isn’t that partially what Jesus warned us about in John 10:10? 

The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly (John 10:10 NKJV).

As mentioned above, God does not give temptation or trouble. However, He will provide you with tests and commands. Of course, tests can be scary, especially if you fear failure or you struggle with perfectionism. But God tests you for your benefit. Again, everything God does is to promote life and develop your character to be more like Jesus. The tests God gives you help you see where you need to grow, and then He will help grow you in that area if you choose to agree with Him. Again, He respects free will. 

As for those commands, God gives to His body. Well, those are impossible to uphold for a reason. That is why we must have Jesus Christ. We need His grace, mercy, love, and hope. We need Jesus to help us successfully navigate the tests and commands. 

The only way we can do the hard things like tests and commands that God gives us is to do it in UNION with Him! Yes, that means it might not be on your timetable, but it will be a result you are grateful for! When you remain in union with God, you are able to handle anything!

Here’s the most important key! You must do it by remaining in God’s love and loving others. 

"I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing (John 15:5 NKJV).

When you remain and abide in Him, God will help you! Here are some ways that God will help you resist temptation: 

  1. God will help you recognize the people and situations that give you trouble. If you aren’t sure, ask the Holy Spirit to bring to your memory those instances you missed. 
  2. God will help you run from anything that you know is wrong.
  3. He will help give you discernment to choose to do what is right and pleasing to Him.
  4. He will encourage you to pray to Him and give Him all your concerns and fears. Then He will encourage you when the time is right to step out in faith, but you will have to choose to trust Him.
  5. He will help bring people into your life who also love Him and offer support when you are tempted.
Run from anything that stimulates youthful lusts. Instead, pursue righteous living, faithfulness, love, and peace. Enjoy the companionship of those who call on the Lord with pure hearts (2 Timothy 2:22 NLT).

I do understand how difficult walking through storms can be. Maybe you’re like me thinking; I wish God didn’t believe I could handle so much. Suddenly, you realize how awesome it is. He trusts you to SUCCESSFULLY and VICTORIOUSLY go through storms with Jesus. The issue is the devil has conditioned our human brains to focus on the storm and not the Father’s glory. I fall into this trap too. 

It’s like what Paul says in Romans 5:

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation (Romans 5:3-4 NLT).

Paul is telling you that perseverance can develop godly character if you allow it. God wants to use your trial to glorify Himself. He is hoping under the test you will look to Him to work out His purpose through every obstacle and problem you have. The cool thing is when you look to God to do His will – God will give you, His endurance. Paul says in 2 Corinthians 12:9 that Jesus’ grace is sufficient for you, for your power is made perfect in weakness. When you get God’s seal of approval, you are filled with supernatural peace, hope, and joy. Jesus is always ready to give you, His yoke. The load will be more manageable. However, don’t fool yourself. It’s easy to be filled with God’s peace, joy, and hope and habitually keep reaching to retake all of the load. That’s okay. You’re walking things out. Just keep repenting and asking for the Holy Spirit’s help. You have to keep your eye on Jesus, not the problem (Hebrew 12:2; John 16:33). It’s precisely what Paul means when he says, If God is for you who could be against you (Romans 8:31). If that verse is not real for you yet, please ask the Holy Spirit to help it become real for you! You have to have a revelation on this stuff, which will be between you and the Father. 

 

PRAYER: Father God, Thank You for sacrificing Your only Son so that I could live in your freedom. I come to You today asking for Your help and strength. Please help me to see where I make life harder for myself. Please show me where I am glorifying the enemy in my life. Highlight all the areas in my life where I may be causing trouble or opening myself to temptation. Father, if You are testing me and I am failing – help me to see where I am failing. Father, I want to do Your will for my life. Somedays, it seems so scary and terrifying. Nonetheless, it’s what I want. Please help me to walk boldly, courageously, and fearlessly towards Your will for my life. Always remind me that You are with me and love me. Thank You for Your Word and the power of the Holy Spirit. In Jesus’ name, Amen.