Anyone who has lived on the face of the earth for any length of time may have experienced one challenge or another.
Jesus Christ said “have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33
Knowing this, we ought to take heart.
You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. John 8:32
Oftentimes many allow themselves to be weighed down by the magnitude of the storm they see or the challenge facing them and forget the truth.
The truth is that Jesus Christ overcame the world and we have authority over the power of the enemy whatever the situation may look like.
Challenges occur. Our level of preparedness and our ability to weather the storm, to a large extent, determines the outcome.
Many are so fearful of the troubles of life that they cease to live and instead, live to fear. Many live to counter storms and the enemy’s work. Many live life on the defensive.
The bible says that in Genesis 3:15, “And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her Seed; It shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise His heel.”
The enemy may bruise your heel but do not forget that you also can bruise his head. You can trample upon serpents and scorpions and all the power of the enemy. All of it.
Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. Luke 10:19
Knowing this, do we live in fear?
No, we are sober, we are also vigilant but one thing we must not allow is fear. It is not of God.
For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
Fear not. Neither be dismayed.
Rather, put on the whole armour of God.
Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. Ephesians 6:11
When the day of evil comes, you stand. When the challenges come, you stand, when the enemy strikes, you are still standing.
And though you put on the whole armour of God, though you are sober and are vigilant, you do not stop moving. You do not stop doing the work or fulfilling the purpose for which you were created.
In the book of Nehemiah, when the people faced opposition to the building of the wall, this is what they did.
Nehemiah 4:16-18 says,
From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah 17 who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other, 18 and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.
They worked and they were prepared. They were not unaware of the devices of the enemy but they were undeterred.
You must continue in your purpose. There is work to be done. No matter how hard the challenges or the storms, you must be strong and of good courage. The Lord is with you.
This year, put on the whole armour of God.
Also, lay out your plans before the Lord, commit your way, unto Him, trust in Him and He will bring it to pass (Psalm 37:5).
I pray you are blessed and victorious in every area of your life in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.