This season of life has been a real stretch for our family. I keep finding myself fighting off the spirit of anxiety and having to constantly remind myself of what I know to be true.
God is good to me. He loves me all the time. He has always and will always provide for me and my family. His promises never fail, and I can stand upon them in times of trouble and proclaim them right in the face of the enemy and he must flee.
One thought though seems to come most often……
“I know from personal experience that He’s seen me through this before, so I know without a shadow of a doubt that He will do it again.”
This statement has become a banner of hope over my life. I use it to shut down the lies of the enemy. I use it to fight off the spirit of anxiety. I use it to remain hopeful and to be a joy in front of my kids. I will walk through this season solidly broken before God.
Solid in that, I know Him, and that He will come through.
Broken in that, I will be honest with Him about ALL my feelings and emotions as we walk this out. But I will not allow my emotions to steer my actions.
Every time I allow my brokenness to draw me to the strength of the Father, it’s a win!
When the enemy comes and makes me feel like I won’t survive this, I say, “Yes that may be true, but God can, so I will allow His strength to infuse my weakness and create the strength I need for today.” That is a victory!!
Because I’ve spent years building a history with the Lord, I have these resources.
Maybe you are wondering, “What do I do if I haven’t built a history like that yet?” Well, I haven’t always had it either, so before I had my own history, I leaned on what I knew He’d done for others. I leaned on what I read about Him doing in scripture. You can find history to lean on until you build your own. Scripture says we overcome by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. You never know who may need the strength of your testimony so they can get through today. We should never hide our testimony. Never.
Take some time today and reflect on your history with God. What has He already seen you through that gives you the evidence that He will see you through whatever it is you are going through today? Remind your soul of His victories in your life. Remind your soul that God is good. Thank God for all the things He’s done for you and thank Him in advance for how He will see you through your current circumstances. If you’re in a season of rest and peace right now and don’t need His strength for anything in particular, then take this time to reflect and just thank Him for past victories anyways. You can never thank Him too much! Isn’t He a good, good God?!
And they have defeated him by the blood of the Lamb and by their testimony. And they did not love their lives so much that they were afraid to die. Revelation 12:11
Each time He said, “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness.” So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12:9-10