God’s people are called to faith in Him and His Word and not fear. I shared an encouraging Word-based teaching and Spirit led prayer for such a time as this.
In this video, you’ll hear a message based on 1 Samuel 17, childlike faith, and the finished work of Jesus Christ.
“We mustn’t be superstitious nor feel we lack humility or are being too audacious when it comes to declaring victory in the name of the Lord before we see it.
Victory over every enemy, every sickness, over autism, etc.
Because Jesus paid for every enemy to be defeated and healing in full for all on His body, like David, we can say to every giant, “For who is this uncircumcised Philistine, that he should defy the armies of the living God?” (1 Samuel 17:26) before we see the victory.
David, of course, went on to take down the very giant, Goliath, he declared defeat over before he selected a single, smooth stone. Why? Because he knew the power of the Lord’s name, trusted in Him fully, and knew he was a covenant child of God.”
You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.
God’s Word says we can live in perfect peace because our mind is fixed on Him, because we trust in Him.
This means and entails….
He IS His Word (John 1:1; 14), so we fix our mind on it alone in every situation. As His children, we are called to be in the daily, regular process of getting to know His Word more and more, allowing it to renew our minds and build our faith. Thus, whatever comes, we can stay in perfect peace because we are able to take Him for His Word above what we see.
We can come to a place where we know His Word well enough to apply it to every circumstance because we have quick access to it as it’s become rooted in our hearts and minds. We don’t have to be anxious for anything or shaking in our Holy Spirit filled bodies every time something is thrown our way if we know our Father through His Word and choose to commune with His Spirit.
Over the past nearly two years, the Lord, through His Word, has deeply rooted in me what He says about healing, but lately, I have been stressing about a “seeming” threat to my finances. The other day, I said, “Enough, this is not Your will, Lord,” then, I stirred up the Word within me and spoke it out loud and said this is what the truth is and that He is my Source and that He will supply all the needs of me and my son according to His riches and glory [Philippians 4:19]. Period. Amen. He cannot lie.
So, I will continue to apply His Word, believing and not doubting, regarding this situation until all the “wobbliness” to my faith about it is gone, knowing all will be well. This doesn’t mean I do nothing in the natural but that I pray about it all so He leads me and I stay Spirit led about it every step of the way.
God’s sons and daughters can allow the enemy to plant lies and accept them as their own, allowing them to also become rooted. Thus, the enemy can succeed in making a child of God their own worst enemy.
HOW TO WIN THESE BATTLES…
1. Know the Word for yourself, so you are always ready to answer the enemy with it to take every thought (lie) captive and make them obey Christ, the Word.
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (2 Corinthians 10:4-5).
For example, when the mind is attacked with the lie of the enemy:
LIE: “You’re never going to be free from that situation.”
Answer with the promise of God, believing it as fact, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers us from them all,” (Psalm 34:19). Since this promise is for you, you can also boldly and confidently say, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers ME from them all.”
LIE: “You’ll always be sick and lame.”
Answer with a promise of God, believing it as fact, “Be Jesus’ stripes, I WAS healed.” Or, from Proverbs 4:20-22, “God’s Word is life and health to my body, so I speak His Word to my body and it has life and health.”
Note, the enemy will also use people around you to speak his lies, even God’s children, because they don’t know the Word for themselves.
Knowing the Word for ourselves doesn’t mean knowing it second hand through a pastor who may or may not even be interpreting the Word correctly depending on his willingness to fully submit to the Holy Spirit as his main Teacher and Guide through the Word.
We are blessed to live in a time where, as we learn the Word, we can easily search for any promise of God related to our situation online. It’s a great idea to print or write out the promises and put them where you can easily see them, pray and declare them.
2. Know there is an enemy seeking to steal, kill, and destroy, seeking whom he MAY devour.
“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).
If one is unaware to begin with of the reality of an enemy who isn’t into child’s play but is seeking to steal from, destroy, and kill us, then one can become the thief’s effortless, easily devoured prey.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour,” (1 Peter 5:8).
A child of God doesn’t have to become a MAY. What posture must we stay in to avoid the snake’s devouring? Sober. Vigilant. Readied with the Word. And God says we can be kept in perfect peace through it because our minds are fixed on Him.
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You,” (Isaiah 26:3).
He wouldn’t say it if it were not possible. This will only happen when we get His Word, promises, and truth rooted in us.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you,” (Philippians 4:8-9).
The Word of God fully equips us for everything the enemy throws at us.
3. Know born again believers are under a new covenant, established and paid in full by Jesus, with new and better promises and that we are no longer slaves but children of God.
“But now He has obtained a more excellent ministry, inasmuch as He is also Mediator of a better covenant, which was established on better promises,” (Hebrews 8:6).
God is not dealing with us as He did in the law under a blessing and cursing covenant. Jesus fully fulfilled the law for us and took all its curse upon Himself. E.g. The curse of the law included sickness which Jesus took all of on His body by His stripes.
“I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty,” (2 Corinthians 6:18).
“But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name,” (John 1:12).
“But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent forth the Spirit of His Son into your hearts, crying out, “Abba, Father!” Therefore you are no longer a slave but a son, and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ,” (Galatians 4:4-7).
To summarize, it all boils down to knowing the Word for ourselves and walking with the Lord by the Spirit, knowing the full power of God dwells in every child of God.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him,” (Hebrews 11:6).
That He is, is the Great I AM who rewards those who diligently – how? – diligently seek Him.
I pray this helps and blesses someone who really needs it. It is the calling of every believer to build up his sisters and brothers.
Recently the Lord told me more about His calling for my life and spoke this word above to me yesterday morning and has confirmed it twice within twenty-four hours.
We each have a calling and purpose for our lives, and I know the Lord has called me to write for Him and to minister for Him in some capacity not yet fully revealed to me but in line with how He’s gifted me naturally and spiritually – writing, prayer and intercession, teaching, some spiritual giftings, childlike faith, etc.
The Full Word of Encouragement the Lord gave me.
He said to me, “You don’t have to piggyback on anyone else’s success or make what you think are the “right” connections. You don’t have to put yourself in front of Christian influencers or depend on the arm of flesh. I will make the way for you for what I’ve called you to do. I will order your steps to the right doors and people and set it all up for you. You just have to continue to listen and obey and stay in childlike faith.”
The Two Confirmations Within Twenty-four Hours
- I was watching a well known pastor being interviewed last night who was speaking of his very early years in ministry. Way before God raised him up and gave him a worldwide platform, and he said (paraphrase) the Lord told him, “Don’t contact other pastors. Don’t write them letters. I’m going to open doors for you supernaturally.” He then went on to give some examples. One being his wife was speaking on a public phone at a public pool (it was the 90’s) and a pastor of a large church overheard her speaking with him and on the spot invited them to speak at his church. ONLY God! He gets the glory!
- Then this morning I got on FaceBook and saw this within minutes, “I am not a self-made woman. I did not hustle to get where I am nor did I grind my platform into existence. My education or lack thereof was not the shining reason for the measure of success I have enjoyed…It’s not because I envisioned it or had grit or because I am just so super amazing, because I’m not. I honestly have no idea why political campaigns have asked for my input or why I’ve been asked to strategize on pro-life projects of national significance. To my husband, I refer to myself as a houseblob from West Virginia. I don’t know why anybody talks to me. And yet, I now have a writing business and a record label, and I have little notion of how it all happened, except to say that God did it.” You can read her full post here.
Not a coincidence but providence. I pray this speaks to your spirit too.
If this encouraged you, please comment and let me know how I can pray for you and if others see it, I pray they lift you up in prayer too.
God can be trusted to take you to where He’s called you. Be totally open and surrendered to Him. Listen to His still small voice. Seek Him daily. Stay in childlike faith. He loves you more than anyone and will make your dreams come true, and He will do it in the best way because only He can see the hearts and the intentions of the hearts of those around you. You are safest on His path for your life.
Lord, I want You to get ALL the glory in my life. I’m surrendered to You and am excited to see how You work in my life to bring the good plans You have for me to pass. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Disclaimer: Any quotes or content I share from anyone else is not necessarily an endorsement of his or her theology as I do not know everything a person believes.