Elephants are considered the strongest animal. They can carry approximately 20,000 pounds. So have you ever wondered why they can't unloose themselves from a small stake? When elephants are babies, they are tied with a rope to a large post in the ground. They tug and tug to get free, but are restricted. That's why, when we see a large adult elephant, tied by a rope to a stake in the ground they will not try to loose themselves. As they grow up and get stronger, they still believe the rope will hold them. Thus they give up.
It's so easy to give up. Waiting for something to happen or change when the delay is lengthy, enforces the belief it's never going to happen. The desire to quit can be quite pressing, if you've longed for something a great while. Getting tired and the expectation waning causes one to be convinced there's no hope of a promised conclusion. Just like the elephant, we stop believing for breakthrough and resign our faith.
Remaining steady and intent may be difficult, but not out of the question! 1 Cor. 15:58 says, "Therefore my brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord." Faith is what pleases God. To stay in faith we must encourage ourself. After all we are with ourself more than anyone else. The possibility for others to stir us up is highly doubtful. They will probably tell us we might as well give up, because we've been waiting "forever", and if it was going to happen, it would have by now. When Paul wrote the Corinthians this letter, he was trying to stimulate their faith to have an unshakable attitude. The perspective that it doesn't matter how prolonged the situation, belief will not falter. It's like taking a glass and super gluing it to a table, so that when the table is shaken, it will not fall over. One could pick the table up and hold it upside down and the glass will not be moved! That's the type of attitude we need when believing God. Convinced to the point that whatever tries to rattle us, mentally or physically, we continue to be anchored to the Word of God and His promise.
Paul again wrote in Philippians, to "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." (Phil. 4:6-7) Persistent thankful prayer to God, helps activate faith, by expressing we believe we have already received the request. Therefore bringing God's peace that exceeds anything our heart or mind can produce. Because when we believe we are in possession of faiths end, there is perfect peace, and joy abounds!
We encourage you to stay super glued to the promise to which you are believing! Don't give up! With all your might grab onto faith and know that you will receive if you do not quit! Resolve to hang on like you've never done before. Keep tugging on that rope - eventually the stake will loosen and you will walk in victory!! Greater is He that's IN you than he that's in the world! Like Paul says, "Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave and be strong." (1 Cor. 16:13)
Confronted with a difficult circumstance can be totally overwhelming. Day after day, week after week, praying and believing, waiting and believing. Each day thinking, this is it... breakthrough is today! Yet another day passes and all we're faced with is the same situation. It's easy to ask ourself, when will I see a change? How much longer will I have to wait? Applying all the 'faith' principles is building and establishing it towards what we are believing.
Basic bible faith is first believing, then seeing! And it's important that we speak what we're believing, not what we're seeing. It's 'calling those things that be not as though they were." (Rom. 4:17) Realistically, that's difficult for most people, because we want to talk about what's going on, sharing every intimate detail.
God tells us in His Word He has clearly provided for us salvation, peace, joy, healing and finances plus much more. The problem is, most people don't KNOW what's available for their taking or how to take it. When we were born again, we "believed" in our heart and "confessed" with our mouth, Jesus was our Savior. (Rom. 10:9) Although we didn't physically SEE Him, we believed by faith and confessed our belief. This is how we have salvation! Every promise works the same way! Believe, receive by faith (not because you see) and confess! (Heb. 11:1 "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not not seen.")
For instance, knowing God already gave us peace, accepting it by faith, and confessing His peace, activates faith. (Col. 3:15 Amp. "And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with finality all questions that arise in your minds, in that peaceful state] to which as [members of Christ’s] one body you were also called [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always].) Just knowing He is peace, doesn't make it prominent in our life. We must first BELIEVE then SAY He is PEACE in OUR life! "Jesus is MY peace." Faith makes it up front and personal! Saying what we are believing, confirms our faith, convinces ourself as well as the devil coming against us.
Now, just let me say the devil won't stop the turmoil just because you SAY Jesus is your peace. He'll come to harass you and tell you that your faith isn't working. And because you don't 'feel' or 'see' peace yet, it could be easy to believe that. The key is to continue calling into being what He IS to us! "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." Rom. 10:17 Don't allow the devil to tell you, you don't deserve or you'll never have that promise. Remember the promise isn't based on OUR works, we receive them based on Jesus' works! (Col. 2:15) A minister I recently heard said, "Never let your performance qualify or disqualify you from receiving God's promise."
Luke 10:19 says we've been given authority over all the works of the devil and nothing shall by any means hurt us. The authority we operate in, still works even if we don't "FEEL" like we've got authority. A great example would be a policeman who puts on his uniform and goes to work, but say's I just don't feel like a policeman today. His authority is still working even if he doesn't feel like it. Use your authority, say to the 'mountain' (your situation) to be removed, don't doubt, but believe in your heart and you will have whatever you SAY! (Mark 11:23)
God has already authored the answer to any problem - all we must do is learn the answer from His Word. Then believe what He said and receive it by Faith. After that, start confessing it's yours. Don't speak anything but what God's promise is. You'll not only be convinced that you have it, but you'll resist the devil and he will flee. This will work with ANY promise of God! Know that by whomever you're persuaded, is who you're going to quote. What are you quoting: the Word or the problem? Be persuaded by God's Word. (Rom. 4:17-21)
Prayer: Father - I thank You that You have already given me the answer in Your Word. What I don't know, I know You will show me. And what I don't understand, I know You will teach me. I receive by faith, faith in You and Your Word the answer to my situation. I have it by faith Now, In Jesus Name. Amen.
Imagine a problem so big, that it's larger than life. All you can see is that this situation is much too giant for the likes of you. The voice of this circumstance cries louder than the faith that's within you. The taunting sounds of fear and defeat are yelling at you. But then.... there's something inside you that rises above all the fear, all the worry, and all the torment. The Spirit of God's voice begins to grow intense and tell you, you're more than a conqueror through Christ! He makes you aware that you can do all things through Christ, who enables your strength! His voice cries out, be of good courage and do not be afraid, I am with you. It's at the beckoning of His utterance that you begin to be empowered. Recognizing that the trouble that's confronting you, no longer seems as powerful. But greater is He that's in you, than what you're facing. And just like David took 5 smooth stones to sling them at the 'giant', you take the weapons of God and hurl them towards the enemy. Refuting reasonings, theories, arguments, and every lofty thing. Instead of running away from the towering difficulty, you run towards it with the power of God's Word upon your lips, in your heart, and in your spirit. Triumphantly you topple the tribulation to the ground, and with boldness you take the sword of the Spirit, decapitating it, standing victoriously!
The only way to prevail over any trouble, is through the presence and the power of God. With every adversity there comes the choice to stand in God's power or flee. It's with determination and persistence in God's Word, through the trouble that gains victory. Heb. 10:35, 36 "Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward, for you have great need of endurance (the capacity to continue to bear up under difficult circumstance with hopeful fortitude and actively resist weariness and defeat*)...that you may receive the promise." It take courage to remain committed and push through in the midst of conflict, fighting the good fight of faith. "....all things are possible to him who believes." (Mark 9:23) But you can do it if you renew your mind to the Word of God, keep your conversation ordered right and choose to be a doer of the Word. No fear!
We encourage you today to choose to live in the power of the Word. Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where to gird up your Faith over any and all opposition. Our prayer for you is: "May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit." (Rom. 15:13)
*from the Spirit filled Life Bible
Pastors Michael & Ginny Gulotta
Pro. 11:25 "The generous soul will be made rich, And he who waters will also be watered himself."