Keeping the Panic at Bay: How to Hang onto God’s Promises

(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; ~ 2 Cor. 10:4-5

I hurt. Not just an everyday kind of pain. I hurt! We were getting ready for a major event, and all of us were probably tired and sore, but … my back HURT! To the point of tears.

Now, I know better. I believe in Divine Healing. And I practice the principles of faith. Many times in my life, God has healed me of some pretty serious stuff. But that day … I H-U-R-T! To the point of panic and fear.

I know better. Fear closes Faith’s door. Panic shouts louder than God’s ‘still, small voice’. Up the steps I go one more time to get one more thing that needs to be set up for the event. Every step, I am panting: I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me … Over and over for 13 steps I recited that verse. I was hanging on to my faith by a very slim thread.

I’d like to tell you that the pain miraculously disappeared. It didn’t. I’d already taken two pain pills that morning. No more help there. So I continued to recite my mantra as I ran mental check lists of things that still needed done. And proceeded to do them. Hubby and a friend showed up to help. Thank You, Lord. People started arriving for said event. Help me, Lord. Another volunteer arrived. Thank You, Lord!

I took a few minutes alone while I was changing clothes (speakers aren’t supposed to be in jeans and beach shirts) to affirm my faith that Jesus bore my pain and infirmity and with His stripes, I was healed, therefore I AM healed. I spoke to myself. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

I reminded myself that there’s a reason why God used the word which instead of who in that verse. Christ is not Jesus’ last name. It is a Greek word meaning Anointed. The anointing strengthens me! God’s very own power! You anoint my head with oil; my cup runneth over. Promises of His love and peace, power and victory skittered through my head. I know that’s the Holy Spirit bringing them to my remembrance. Thank You, Lord, I needed that.

Hanging onto faith in the midst of life’s challenges is … well, a challenge. It would be easy to give up, to surrender to the attack and tell the world, I can’t. I just can’t do this. I’m tired. I hurt. I quit. But I’m guessing that you don’t want to give in to the devil any more than I do. And I hope you know that he is the culprit behind the challenge, disaster, pain, or whatever you need to overcome.

Giving in is not an option. So what should you do?

First, keep yourself strong. Not just physically, although that’s part of my problem. I don’t exercise. The excuse is “I’m too busy right now.” Not true. If it was important enough to me (and it’s getting there real quick!), I’d MAKE time.

The same is true with spiritual strength. You won’t be strong enough to fend off the devil’s attacks if you don’t keep yourself rooted and built up in him, and stablished in the faith, as ye have been taught, abounding therein with thanksgiving (Col. 2:7). Your faith needs strengthened, just like your body. You do that by feeding it spiritual food (The Word) and by speaking God’s promises aloud over your life. The Bible says His Word will not return void. It will accomplish exactly what it says. Claim His strength, anointing, and power for yourself. Keep yourself strong in the Lord and in the power of His might (Eph. 6:10).

Believe only. Repeatedly, Jesus told people, fear not, believe only. Fear will try to take over your thoughts.  Doubt will shout that you’ll never win, never overcome; that whatever ‘it’ is, it will always be this way. Don’t listen! Talk back – out loud. Command it to go away! Your words have more power and authority than your thoughts. Cast down imaginations, (that’s what fear is), and bring into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ (2 Cor. 10:5). You do that with your words.

Jesus said that He came to preach deliverance to the captives (Luke 4:18). If you are being held captive by thoughts of doubt, fear, lack, pain or sickness, claim your deliverance! Believe God’s Word. Trust His love. Tell the devil to go away. Remind him that he has no power over you; you’re God’s child!

Don’t give up or give in. God promised that you are more than a conqueror (Rom. 8:37). You can outlast the devil! He’s mean and sneaky, but Jesus defeated him big-time. Then He gave His dominion and authority on earth to us, His Body. Strong faith takes a stand (1 Cor. 16:13) and doesn’t quit.

There’s a story in the Book of Acts about Peter and John healing a beggar who couldn’t walk. Peter explained the process in verse 3:16 – And his name (Jesus’) through faith in his name has made this man strong. Faith is more than enough to defeat any challenge.

To keep the panic and pain at bay, you must understand the power and authority you have as God’s own child. You are Jesus’ body, a part of the whole of Christ, anointed to overcome anything the world or the devil throws at you. Exercise your authority! Stand strong. Believe only.

Faith doesn’t sometimes work. It works! You may not see anything happening in that moment, but faith believes that it’s working anyway. Don’t give up. Don’t surrender. Stand on your most holy faith and speak to your mountains! You’ll find, like I did, that you can do all things through Christ, the anointing, which strengthens, heals, prospers and blesses you. Hang on to that!

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