Monday, July 16, 2007

Victory through Small Steps of Faith

The next time Satan steps up to the plate and tries to swing his bat at you stand on the mound! Stand, and stand strong. Until you can, you’ll never know the power of God to rescue you from Satan’s attempts to defeat you.

There are times in life when we are faced with trials that we just feel hopeless and helpless to overcome. We feel as if the battle is already lost before we even go to war. We don’t see a way out, we can’t find the answers, and we can’t see how God will create the solution.

This is when you simply must stand. You have to stand on God’s promises to see you through. Look for those promises throughout God’s word. Ask Him to reveal them to you, and He will. Study the promises and understand why the promise can be trusted and accepted. Understand why it is promised individually to you. These are means of growing your faith in God. Your faith must increase for you to win any spiritual battle. And yes, they are spiritual battles. For a child of God, there is no other kind (Ephesians 6:12).

Here’s an example of how you grow your faith through Bible study. When you enter a trial, it’s common to have a certain amount of fear. Where does the Bible talk about fear, the emotion you have? Remember in Psalms 23:4 it says, “I will fear no evil; For You are with me“? From this verse, ask yourself how you can be sure that He really is with you? Study that thought! Where does it say “I will never leave you nor forsake you”? Find it and read it (Hebrews 13:5). What gives you that promise? Determine if it was made to you by reading more of that passage and those around it (Hebrews 12:28).

Continue studying that train of thought and meditation until you have exhausted it. When you’ve researched every corner of that thought, start back at the beginning with your feeling of fear. If that’s still what you are feeling, you need to keep studying about fear!

What else does the Bible say about fear? In 2 Timothy 1:7 it says “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” Take this verse apart and study it. If God doesn’t give us a spirit of fear, who does? What kind of power does God give us? What kind of spirit of love does God give his children? How do we attain a sound mind? Continue studying. You’ll soon find you have no fear left in you. Then you can fully understand the feeling of standing on God’s promises. There’s a sense of peace and accomplishment that ensures your victory as you stand hand in hand with Christ on that mound, eye to eye with Satan, daring him to swing.

Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Small steps of faith will grow you into a victor in Christ. Take every opportunity when you’re struggling with trails in your life to grow your faith. Remember – it’s not on the mountaintop we grow, but in the valley.

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