When adversity comes, some people get bound up in fear, but others use it to fuel their Faith.
The Apostle Paul, who was one of the greatest apostles of all time, went through numerous afflictions and devastating calamities throughout his ministry, but yet he remained strong and immovable.
He was in prison several times for preaching the gospel. He was flogged excessively, beaten with rods even to the point of death, stoned, and robbed by thieves. He faced many dangerous situations, such as being shipwrecked in perilous rivers, but yet, through it all, he kept his sanity.
He was in danger from both Jews and Gentiles, and he toiled to the point of exhaustion. He had gone through sleepless nights and was deprived of food and water, yet he continued to minister. He was deeply concerned for the body of Christ; therefore, he pursued the calling on his life.
They threw him in a prison (a dungeon) that was dark with sewage water and had a hideous and terrifying appearance. While in prison, he wrote a letter encouraging the Church at Philippi, saying that he is continuing to press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
He wrote The Epistles to the Galatians, telling them not to grow weary in well doing because, in due season, they will reap if they faint not.
He wrote two letters to Timothy from prison, encouraging him to endure hardness as a good soldier. Lives were radically transformed through his ministry.
We are living in a time when mundane Christianity will no longer work. Believers are sitting in pews, singing a few songs, and listening to sermons on Sundays, but then going home to repeat the same vicious cycle. They are not doing what Jesus called them to do to advance The Kingdom of God.
There have been spirits of fear, rage, anger, sickness, disease, and poverty released from the kingdom of darkness, whether we believe it or not. Are we to fear this? No, of course not. All Authority has been given to us as believers, but we need to recognize the strategies of our enemy.
Last month I was faced with one of the most challenging times of my life. I had a cancerous growth on my face, which came up unexpectedly and required surgery.
Those of you who know me know I had cancer several times in my lifetime. I only shared it with a few people whom I know I could trust. A friend of mine, who is a prophet in Canada named Keith Paul, replied to me saying:
Hi. Elaine. Yes the enemy has failed. You will fully recover. It was an attack on your person & ministry. Specifically an attack on your face = identity in Christ. Also an attack on your vision = prophetic vision/ revelation. Yet Christ within you is greater than he who is in the world and in this Truth lies your victory. You have won the battle in Jesus’ Name. Blessings”
As I often say, we need to get connected with radical believers who are fierce in Faith—those who will not settle for less than the inevitable supernatural intervention of God.
Those who know The Voice of God and discern His Ways. This assignment sent from the enemy was meant to divert my attention off my purpose and calling that the Lord has for my life and ministry.
Misfortunes are sent to destroy us, but as we strengthen ourselves in The LORD, we will always come through.
Do not allow the enemy to intimidate you and don’t be moved by his ineffectual strategies. Rise up as men and women of faith, and take the position of the Warrior that The LORD has created you to be!
“You’ve trained me with the weapons of warfare-worship; my arms can bend a bow of bronze.” Psalm 18:34 TPT
“There is only one strong, safe, and secure place for me; it’s in God alone who gives me strength for the battle. He’s my shelter of love and my fortress of faith, who wraps himself around me as a secure shield. I hide myself in this one who subdues enemies before me.” Psalm 144:1-2 TPT
“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” Isaiah 43:1-2
This is an updated edition of a post originally published on A Word in Season
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