While praying over this weeks post that originally was going up, I felt the Lord tug on my heart about a different subject. This past weekend I spoke at a Women’s event and there’s a little part of that message that I want to share with you. So the original post gets moved up a week and today, prayerfully, you will read exactly what you’ve been needing to hear. If this speaks to you, please know it’s because God hears you and sees you. Also, let me know! I would love to rejoice with you.
When you are going through tough seasons or dealing with a lot- do you find yourself believing the lies in your head?
During my third year in college, I was having some health issues. I was going to the doctors and they kept telling me it was one thing and treating me for it. But the medication and treatment never worked. After going a few times they started talking about the possibility that I may have an issue with a certain organ or a serious infection. They wanted to send me to a specialist. I laid in bed that night confused and wondering if this would be a lifelong struggle or a sign of something major going on in my body. I barely slept that night. That weekend I went on a leadership treat and they had a time for people to be prayed over for healing. That night, the Lord healed me of whatever was wrong in my body. All symptoms and signs were gone. I went to the doctor and they ran some tests and all my numbers came back normal.
When you’re given a poor doctors report- do you believe the doctor’s words spoken as your destiny? You accept what the doctor says as permanent and wallow in your sick filled future. You subconsciously accept the illness and whatever lifestyle may come with it. The thought of Christ healing you never crosses your mind.
If it’s not illness maybe it’s your marriage. You’re walking through a season where your marriage feels broken- do you find yourself thinking your marriage will never be fixed? You accept the issues or blame everything on the other person. You wonder if this is how it will always be and if trying is even worth it.
Maybe you see your past as something so heavy and full of regret you can’t possibly believe Christ forgives you. You let your past determine your current worth and dictate your future. You allow yourself to be held back out of fear of people finding out who you “really” are. You accept your past for what it is and refuse to accept the Lord’s forgiveness.
Or you believe you’re not pretty enough, skinny enough, talented enough or even qualified to do whatever it is that God has called you to do. You allow the hurtful words of others and your own insecurities define and shape the way you see yourself. Whether you accept opportunities or not is based on your insecurities.
Perhaps, your finances are struggling and you decide that your financial needs will never go away. That the pit you’ve found yourself in will always exist and God will never bless you or give you the tools to escape. So you welcome the debt and limitations as your norm.
You and I can easily start to believe the lies of the world over living the truth of the Word. Knowing what the Word of God says and speaking it over your life will empower you to walk in His promises.
Hebrews 4:12 says, “For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.”
If you’ve been given a poor doctor’s report- proclaim the word of God over your illness. Remember how by His stripes you are healed (Isaiah 53:5) and how God heals ALL your diseases (Psalm 103:3). Let your faith be strengthened as you press into the His Word.
When your marriage is tested or you’re in a season where it’s difficult, hurting, and broken- remember God’s Word says you’re no longer two people but one (Matthew 19:6) and what He brought together- let no one separate (Mark 10:9). Pray these verses over your marriage and thoughts. Find peace knowing God’s will is for your marriage to be healed and fully restored.
When you’re dealing with regrets from your past and so badly want to move forward remember the Word. It says to forget about your past because God is doing something new in you (Isaiah 43:18-19). God’s love for you never ends and His mercies are new every day (Lamentations 3:22-23). So take the truth and use it as encouragement to move forward and into a new season of living out the call God has placed on your life.
Having insecurities and self-doubt is more common than you realize. Whether certain situations or people have caused you to doubt yourself or your giftings, allow God to transform your mind (Romans 12:2). When God transforms your mind, your eyes will come off yourself and shortcomings and they will be placed on Jesus and His goodness. When your focus is on Christ- your confidence will be found.
When worry starts to set in with your bills being late or not having enough to eat, know God will provide everything you will never need (Phil. 4:19). Remember what He has done in the past (Psalm 77:11) and how He will do it again.
Knowing the Word of God guards your eyes and minds when we write them on our hearts (Proverbs 7:2-3). Praying scripture over your mind is a powerful tool to overcome the lies we so easily can tell ourselves.
Romans 15:4 says, “Such things were written in the Scriptures long ago to teach us. And the Scriptures give us hope and encouragement as we wait patiently for God’s promises to be fulfilled.”