Take Your Stand of Faith
By Marcia Greenwood

Have you ever noticed that when you make a faith stand it seems that `all hell' tries to come against you to knock you down? I know you have, we all have. So, you're not alone in this. Yes, this is meant to make you feel better!

These attacks usually take us by surprise. Why? To take us off guard, slap us across the head to confuse us, so we don't think straight.

For instance, you and your spouse are working on your marriage. You're just not as close as you used to be and you decide to change this. All of a sudden, you get in the biggest fight of your life.

Or, you are learning what Jesus did for you in the area of healing and decide you are going to receive you healing by faith. Does the pain get worse or does something else pile right on top of the first illness?

How about this one? You decide that you have had enough of debt in your life and you want to be free from it. The very next week the car, washing machine and lawn mower quit on you at the very same time. You are tempted to quit, even before you began on your faith journey.

You see the devil roams around seeking whom to devour. The good news is, if he understands that he can't knock us around and devour us - he will move on. The point is we need to STAND, in our good fight of faith, until he lifts his tail and moves on. I know the devil does not have a red suit and tail - but you get the picture!

Don't quit! You and I have everything in us right this very moment to ensure that we win the victory. Huh? I sure don't feel like it. That's OK. We don't go by what we feel or see. We live and operate by faith! You are a child of God - Right? Well, His Modus operandi, His "MO", His method of operation is doing everything by faith.

If you are a bit weak in using your faith muscles then it's time to build yourself up. Put on your favorite praise, worship or perhaps "The Theme From Rocky" and get moving!

God knows the answer to anything we want to know in life. The Word of God, the Bible, is our instruction manual. Read everything about marriage, healing and faith, finances or whatever it is that has set itself up as a mountain in your life.

Speak to that mountain and command it to get out of your way and to be slam-dunked into the sea.

This is not the time to have a pity party or allow your emotions to control you. This is the time to cast out every evil thought that comes against you. Learn this - Do Not Allow Your Thoughts To Become Your Enemy!

If the devil applies pressure against you - resist and push back. Remember that the greater one (Jesus) lives in you AND you have the power of the Holy Spirit in you. The devil loves to test us. But when we have studied the Word of God, deposited it in our heart and speak it forth out of our mouth we will always pass those tests with flying colors.

Along with using your faith, be sure to under gird it with patience. When the pressure is on, patience will hold your faith up. Picture a bridge. If a tank goes across the bridge wanting to get to the other side, it will succeed if the bridge (faith) is built correctly AND the pillars underneath (patience) are strong and secure, holding the bridge steady as the tank goes across. The bridge may get a bit rocky in places, driving may get slow at times but if everything works together the tank will reach its goal.

Faith, even the size of a mustard seed, can make any mountain move. Nothing will be impossible for you (Matthew 17:20-21)!

So, I am writing to encourage you to take your STAND of FAITH, now speak to that mountain, and praise God for the manifestation of what you are believing for and YOU WILL GET TO THE OTHER SIDE! For the promises of God are sure. Your marriage will be full of love again, healing will come, debt will leave and you will have a great testimony to help encourage others to do the same in their lives.