As we enter a brand new week, let us remember 2 Corinthians 5:7. Our circumstances may not have changed. Our problems may still exist. We must not allow these issues to shake us. We must guard our hearts from disappointments and thoughts of defeat.
I understand that it is easy to say and write about walking by faith. It is definitely not easy to really walk it out. When we are being tested, what is in us will be exposed. We have to make a choice. Do we choose fear or faith?
When we fear..
The devil will throw thoughts of defeat and despair at us. If we give in to these thoughts, we will be tormented. Depression, guilt, shame and condemnation will follow. How can we walk in our destiny and serve God when we are often tormented by forces of darkness?
When we fear, we often shrink back and make decisions that is not of God. We rather not take that risk to start the business or take up a new role at work. We give up when we should persevere.
When we fear, we speak words that are reflects what is in us. We talk about what is impossible instead of what God can accomplish. Remember the 10 spies that came back with the bad report? God was not pleased with them. All they see was the giants and they are like grasshoppers.
Grasshoppers? Is that the truth? What was God’s instruction regarding the matter? No wonder this group of people can’t enter the promised land. They rebelled against God.
When we choose faith, we shut the devil out. He has no right to torment us. He has no part in us. He cannot take away our joy and peace. Bind that unclean spirit in Jesus name.
When we choose faith, we honor God. We believe, therefore we speak. So we speak the Word of God and His promises in our situation. We exercise the authority God has given us. We will be like Joshua and Caleb who believes God can accomplish anything He want to. If He tells us to go, we go.
When we choose faith, our hearts will be filled with joy. Abundance of joy is possible in the midst of trials and temptations. In 2 Corinthians 7:4, Apostle Paul said that he was exceedingly joyful in all his tribulations. This man of God suffered in ways we cannot imagine in today’s context. He was imprisoned, beaten, wrongly accused and almost lost his life many times. But he found comfort in God, the Father of all comforts. Rejoice! He told us to rejoice!
In Habakkuk 3:17-18, the prophet was discouraged and disappointed by the barrenness that he saw. But he too chose to rejoice in the lord! I was so tempted today to feel bad and be discouraged. Things are not working out the way I wanted. Death is all I see. Not even a sign of life. But I remembered Habakkuk.
“Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines; even though the olive crop fails, and the fields lie empty and barren; even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty, yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation!”
Shall we choose faith today? Let’s believe and speak.
Give the enemy a black eye 🥊