Trouble is here to stay. It’s actually normal!
Jesus himself declared,
“These things have I spoken to you that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
However, in the very first part of that verse He gives us what we can have no matter what happens: His peace.
Paul spoke about Godly warfare when he said,
“For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.”- Ephesians 6:12
One of the biggest overall premises to winning over trouble has to do with choosing and thinking. “As a man thinks in his heart, so he is.” (Proverbs 23:7) There have been many books written on the power of choosing and thinking and acquiring the mind of Christ. The following are a few reflections on what is truly one of the boldest weapons a person can use to ‘win’ against trouble.
Let’s look at an old testament passage that reveals one of the most powerful weapons we can embrace in the face of any difficulty. In II Chronicles 20:1-25 King Jehoshaphat, the ruler of Judah, and his countrymen, received word that enormous forces are coming to destroy them. He called all Judah to come together to pray and fast in order to find the Lord’s guidance on what to do. First he reminded all his people in verse 12. “O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon YOU.”
The first principle, and this is so vital, is:
1) Do not try to overcome trouble in your own strength, but earnestly seek God's face.
Next, God used a person (Jahaziel) to bring a strong word of encouragement. “Thus, says the Lord to you: ‘Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God’s.’“ verse 15.
2) Be on the lookout for ones the Lord will send your way to encourage you.
The next day The King himself gave a word to the people of what he knew to be true, “Believe in the Lord your God and you shall be established. Believe His prophets and you shall prosper.” Next, scripture records that he consulted with the people and appointed those who should sing to the Lord and who should praise the beauty of His holiness as they went out before the army saying “Praise the Lord, for His mercy endures forever.” What followed is so astounding and miraculous it had to be God.
3) Be ready for unusual instruction.
As the praise choir went out singing and praising, the Lord set the enemy forces in ambush against each other. Not one life of the Lord’s people was harmed and it took the people of Judah three days to collect all the spoils of the battle.
4) A heart of gratitude/praise and a total surrender to His plan on the trouble you are facing is essential to tap into God's overcoming power.
Have you ever found yourself overwhelmed by the circumstances you are facing? Business failing, children falling away from God, a serious betrayal, or a deadly medical diagnosis just to mention a few. No trouble is too big or too small to ask His plan/provision. (Not one sparrow falls to the ground apart from the Father’s will and on a larger scale, He can cause the Red Sea to part.)
5) Praise is one of the most "non carnal" weapons we can use to overcome whatever our struggles might be.
Finally, I Thessalonians 5:16-18 encourages us to: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” And, even bolder, “giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Ephesians 5:20.
In my opinion, the boldest spiritual offense is to praise the Lord in and for all things.
This defeats the enemy who wants to turn us against God and believe the lies that He has abandoned us, does not love us, that we are not good enough, that our sins are to great………….on and on.
Instead, we stand in who we are in Christ, praising God for all that He has done for us and is to us.
That is our victory.