As you all know, I’ve been reading the book Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. I’ve gotten all the way to chapter 11 thus far and the further I read, the better it gets.
In particular there’s a section that talks about a mind that battles doubt and disbelief. This is something that hit home with me because I know I’ve been there. I’m sure many of us have been there. Any who, in one particular passage she talks about Peter walking on the water to Jesus and how he began to sink once he took his eye off God and lost sight of his faith. She also compared that to the promise that God made Abraham to have a son even with Abraham being old in age.
The difference between to the two was that Abraham choose to believe God in spite of his external circumstances, while Peter allowed the external storm to affect his inward faith. I had to read over this passage several times before it really sunk in and hit home with me. A lot of the times, we allow the external to hinder out faith. It’s so easy to focus on the external appearance of a situation until we forget about our internal faith that lies with God.
In the book it says not to allow circumstances to hinder your faith. In my own personal notes I wrote that circumstances may say one thing, but God always makes the impossible possible. Belief can’t waiver because of the outer appearance of a situation. Belief (faith) is internal, not external. The external shouldn’t dictate our faith internally.
One of the scriptures that came to mind when reading this was Colossians3:2 where it talks about keeping your mind, set on the things above. Even in the midst of a situation, the best way to find peace is to reflect on God and his goodness. This is the time to praise God in spite of. Praising God during a trial confuses the enemy because he’s counting on you to backslide and walk away from God because of ONE situation. That’s all it takes. If the devil can get you ONE time and hit you where he think it will hurt, he thinks he’ll win.
However, the crazy part is that even when the outside circumstances may seem crazy, there’s something about having an internal peace with God during the storm. There’s a true refreshing in his presence where he’ll allow you to go through something and not feel it as bad you thought you would. But in order to do so, we must will our spirits to continuously think on the things of the Lord.
One of my favorite passages is Psalms 42 where David talks about his soul thirsting after the Lord in spite of. His external circumstances didn’t seem to be the best, but he willed his soul to believe in God. He pushed past his emotions to find a way to praise God instead. Sometimes if we praise God enough, there’s power in the praise that will break some stuff off of us. But that kind of power can only come if you’re fully convinced and trusting in God to do what His Word says. God is faithful in all that he does and he’s always worthy of the praise.
Again, I emphasize the title of this post: DON’T LET YOUR CIRCUMSTANCES HINDER YOUR FAITH!
The older I get, the less I allow outer circumstances to shake my faith as much. About 2 years ago I remember asking God to help me in being able to deal with disappointments better. Once upon a time, I would get really upset, frustrated and easily give up. Every time I reached a brick wall, I was quick to turn around. When I broke my knee back in 2011, this was something God really worked out of me. It was almost as if God had found a way to hold me in and press me to continue on even when there were many times I didn’t want to.
Now, I’m looking back and yes I still get upset and frustrated at times; but the difference is I’m not as easy to give up and I find I press forward in spite of. I know that God has been faithful too many times to let one incident stop me. When you think about it, it’ll always be “one incident of many” so why dwell on ONE?
I encourage you all to have continued faith in spite of any external situation. Remember your spirit (where your faith lies) should dictate your flesh’s response, not our flesh rule your spirit.