Sometimes the battles in life get pretty hard. In fact, based on what I am currently going through and what I have been hearing from a number of you, battle pressures feel close to overwhelming for many of us at this time.
Why? Part of it is just the nature of our fallen world and the troubles we humans experience because of it, while some of it is because every day we are getting closer to the time of Jesus’ return. The Book of Revelation speaks of great trouble that will come upon the earth. Revelation 12:12 foretells, “… for the devil has come down to you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.” If we are not in that day, we are fast approaching to it.
What can we do to help ourselves in the midst of trying circumstances? How do we manage to not fall apart when our minds struggle with fear and other assaults of the enemy? I’m going to share with you what God said to me in the midst of a stiff mind battle:
“Stay in the counsel of the Lord.”
That’s pretty simple, isn’t it? No, it’s not. Refusing to focus on the problem, anchoring our attention instead on what Jesus has said about it, is one of the greatest challenges we face in obtaining prayer answers or in pushing through into the destiny God has for us.
God is speaking to many of us, and the tenor of His words is, “You’re going to be all right. I will get you through to the other side. I’ll take you where you need to go. I will not fail you. I will meet the need.” And we take comfort for a short time in what He is speaking — but then the circumstances start to loom larger than life once again, and before we know it, we’re on the edge of losing our peace, as though He had never spoken.
“Stay in the counsel of the Lord.”
A number of years ago, while going through a season of great discouragement, I had a dream. In it, I saw myself run my head up against a wall. I heard the sound of the collision, saw stars, and heard the words, “a stumbling block.” I immediately awoke and had this conversation with the Lord:
“Lord, what was that?”
“It’s a warning.”
“What are You warning me about?”
“Your mind is a stumbling block. You’ll run up against a wall if you listen to what your mind wants to tell you. Stay in My Spirit.”
Then He continued, “Whose report will you believe? Will you believe what you see with your eyes? Or will you believe what you have heard in your spirit?”
I chose to believe what the Lord had clearly spoken to me and to press on through the difficulties to get there. I’m still doing that. It is what we all have to do if we are going to see our promises fulfilled and if we are going to finish our race successfully.
The devil may be raging, and our circumstances may look like an awful mess, but if we will hold on tightly to Jesus and the things He has spoken to us — especially the Scriptures, but also the personal promises He has shared with us — we’ll get through and we’ll be all right. He is faithful.
The good news is that there isn’t always going to be a conflict. The opposition of the enemy will one day be nullified, and all will be well.
But the saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom forever, even forever and ever.
The Ancient of Days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the Most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.
— Daniel 7:18, 22
Stay in the counsel of the Lord. Not only will you be all right, but you will be a victorious overcomer. You will accomplish what you were born to do. Just don’t give up, and you’ll get there. Your day is coming.