Last week’s blog post discussed how Christians aren’t exempt from trouble. In this issue we’ll look at trouble from God’s perspective.
When God exposes you to trouble, your response dictates your ability to overcome. Understand that your anointing attracts the enemy. When the enemy rises up; don’t run. Stand. Don’t stay home from work or church. Show up. Nowhere in the Bible does it tell us to quit, hide or give up. Now isn’t the time to throw in the towel. When we find ourselves embroiled in adversity, we must avoid the tendency to question why me. God always makes you look vulnerable before he promotes you. The Bible illustrates how God doesn’t just expose you to the enemy; He always comes to the rescue. He showed Moses how to cross the Red Sea (Exodus 14). He instructed Gideon in the battle against the Midianites (Judges 7). Psalm 144:1 says, “Blessed be the Lord my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.” The text implies while a fight is imminent, God prepares you for it ahead of time. To teach means practice, training and education. God teaches you to fight by putting you in fights.
Right now you may feel like you’re in the fight of, and for your life. The real battle isn’t with your husband or wife. It’s not with your children, boss, family or the neighbors. The real battle takes place in the mind. And when you’ve been battling for a long time you can become battle fatigued. For all the battle weary warriors out there, know that you’re in training to win the battle in your mind.
God has to teach us how and when to fight so we know how to respond and not just react to a situation. God doesn’t just give us the strength to fight, He is strength. God’s strength births endurance and determination. He teaches us to be victorious. You’re in training so you get to the point where you can say bring it on, I’m not giving up. I’m not leaving my church. I’m not quitting my ministry. I’m not giving up on my child. I’m not leaving my job just because of a knuckleheaded boss. I’m not taking my life. Go ahead reject me, talk about me, you’re going to mess around and make God bless me. If you are saved, you’re equipped to handle adversity. God only puts you in fixed fights. Therefore, you’re destined to win.
David would never have known God to be a deliver or a refuge had it not been for all he went through. The ordeals he experienced built his trust in God. God uses difficulties to build up spiritual muscles so you don’t fall apart if somebody doesn’t speak or quit when things don’t go your way. You’ve must know how to fight to walk in promise.
Our problem is we don’t know how to fight. We go horizontal to confront people instead of going vertically to God first. When the enemy prepares to mount an attack, seek God’s instructions and timing. Next, follow His directions. Then, expect God to move on your behalf, and expect to be blessed!
In the Bible, when there was a battle, the victor got to claim the spoils (belongings) from the enemy. I don’t know about you, but I’ve been in this battle too long to give up now. I’ve got some spoils of war coming my way. The fight is not without reward. Don’t you dare give up, now. You’ve got spoils coming to you!
Recently, I came across a quote that said, “As a rule, you don’t tell the intended winner of a fixed fight that the outcome is rigged.” And so it is with God. He exposes you to the enemy and then allows it to look like your defeat is inevitable. Trouble is God’s platform for a miracle. While the odds may be stacked against you, the fight you’re in has been fixed in your favor by God.
Isaiah 14:27 says. “The Lord Almighty has spoken ¾ who can change his plans? When his hand moves, who can stop him?” (NLT) We don’t fight for victory. We fight from a position of victory. No matter how great the fight; always remember that God has orchestrated your victory. It’s imperative that you move how and when God tells you. Because it’s a fixed fight, you win!!!
Until next time…Be blessed!
Rev. Cynthia Jackson