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Fear can make your world tremble and paralyze your voice. So, what does the word of God encourage us to do? 2 Corinthians 10:5 declares,

“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.

When fear begins to pillage our faith, or when we have succumbed to worry it is important to have an awareness of the power and sovereignty of God. Speak faith and begin to pray a hedge of protection around your situation or family members. It is amazing what will happen when we get out eyes off of our problem and unto our mighty, problem-solver!

When we exalt our problems, fear, sickness, etc., above the knowledge of God – He commands us to declare His word. We need to plead the blood of Jesus and cast down every high thing that exalts itself against God’s authority.

Your words have power and your prayers can change lives.

What do you need to proclaim in the spirit today? What do you need to cast down?

Prayer: Lord, You know me better than I know myself and I believe that you care about all of the things that make me feel overwhelmed. I cast down fear and proclaim your perfect love.  I command every lie the enemy tries to whisper in my ear to be silenced and I plead the blood of Jesus over my thoughts. In Jesus name.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”
declares the Lord. “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. 
Isaiah 55:8–9.

When Things Don’t Turn Out How You Expect

Have you ever prayed and felt like God was going to give you exactly what you wanted? Yeah. Me too. My husband and I are looking for a place to live that is closer to our church and also less of a burden financially. We found a home only two doors down from our church (you can’t get closer than that)! We connected with the owners, loved the property, and had so much peace. I honestly thought it was in the bag. However, the owner of the home received a better offer than ours and told us they were sorry for the inconvenience.

I was crushed. I cried and I said to my husband, “Why is this happening to us?” “What is God trying to do?” For a moment I felt so helpless and then, I wiped my tears away and decided to speak faith into my situation.

We have one month to find a new place to live—which is not impossible, but it would have put my heart at ease to know that I had somewhere to move. After I had a boo-hoosession, I lifted my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help (so to speak) and I told God, “You must have something better for us. You know the end from the beginning. Help me to trust You.”

Speak Faith

Maybe you are facing a more serious situation in your life and you are not receiving the answers you desire. It can be difficult to put our worry, needs, marriage, children, job, home, etc., in God’s hands because we do not know what He is going to do to bring our answers to pass.

I wish I could see what He sees. There are times when God gives us a glimpse of His plan, but it’s often a little bit at a time. If you’ve cried some tears, that’s okay, we are human. But, don’t live in a state of hopelessness. Take time to pray scriptures out loud and speak faith into your situation.

“But he himself went a day’s journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree: and he requested for himself that he might die; and said, It is enough; now, O LORD, take away my life; for I amnot better than my fathers.”
1 Kings 19:4

Elijah speaks this depressing prayer after one of the greatest victories of his life. He just prayed fire down from heaven that consumed a drenched sacrifice on an altar. Then he killed hundreds of false prophets of Baal and prophesies that rain is going to come and deliver the nation from drought and famine.

How could Elijah pray this kind of prayer after such an accomplishment?

Let’s imagine…  You had an amazing Sunday night service. Your worship was on fire, just like Elijah’s prayer, and you prayed with people, declared promises, and danced before the Lord. Then, Monday morning arrives and you go back to the reality of family, church problems, relationship woes, and temptation.

Wrong ways to deal with the lows:

  1. Isolation – Elijah went into the wilderness alone.
  2. No Movement – He sits down by a tree. His movement is stalled. He becomes comfortable in his depression.
  3. Attitude – “Let me die.” Discouragement was his companion.

Sometimes the ups and downs of your day can wreak havoc on your life. As Christians, we shouldn’t base our walk with God on the public victories.

Right ways to deal with the lows:

  1. Socialize – Go out for coffee with a friend, invite people over, or go to a group Bible study.
  2. Move Around – Go to the store, attend church, turn worship music on, and dance before the Lord.
  3. Speak Faith – Encourage yourself in the Lord. Declare promises from the Word of God. Dismiss untruths from your mind.

God has a plan for you during the low times. And, just because you are not where you want to be, doesn’t mean you are outside of the will of God. Continue to preserver and seek God’s will.

Prayer: Lord, help me to never give up even when I feel fear and when I doubt myself. I pray that you will give me Your perspective through the lens of my understanding.