Focus On Your Deliverer, Not On Your Circumstances.
Whenever we are faced with a challenge or a situation that we have never been in before we try to figure out how we got here and what needs to be done about it. This is what I was doing by trying to find out ‘how did I get here?’. What led to this? How did I get in this place? And these are the wrong questions to ask. It’s not, what are you going to do? It’s, who’s going to do it? In 2 Chronicles Chapter 20 verse 14 through 17, Jahaziel, a son of a Levite, God’s high priest for Israel, said to God’s people before they went to battle “do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.” He goes on to say “stand and see the salvation of the Lord on your behalf“. And further, he says “do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out to face them, for the Lord is with you.” (Bold – my emphasis)
Rather than focusing on what you can do, it is better to focus on what God has done. For us in the new covenant that means focusing on the word of God in the flesh, Jesus the Christ. His Jewish name is Yeshua. And he is Yeshua Ha’Maschiach, Jesus the Messiah, or Jesus the Christ. God doesn’t want us to face our crises alone and especially without Him. He came to give us His rest, His peace or His shalom. In Ephesians, it says we are seated, a position of rest, with Christ in the heavenlies. Know that He will fight our battles for us.
Trust God. He’s Faithful.
I know we want to think, “we have the best doctors” or “we’re eating the right way” or “we know how to beat this” but this is putting all the pressure on us to perform, to produce, to be good enough to beat this thing. This is just putting our eyes on everything else but Christ. 2 Timothy 2:13 (NASB) says “If we are faithless, He remains faithful, for He cannot deny Himself.” Don’t focus on you or on your faith either. Focus on His faithfulness. You only need a mustard size seed of faith. But if you’re preoccupied with your spiritual muscles then you’ve lost site of Christ. He is the one who makes you more than a conqueror (Romans 8:37) through His love for you. He is the one who is faithful.
There Is No Problem When God Has The Problem.
I know. I know. Sickness is serious. It’s not a game, let alone a game of words. But we need to walk one step at a time, one thought at a time, focused on our deliverer, on our refuge, on our strength, Christ.
Romans 14:17-18 (NASB) 17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.
It’s Not Your Battle – Let It Be His Battle.
After I came out of the hospital people would ask me how was my battle with cancer going? I always told them, “it’s not my battle. The battle is the Lord’s.” There are so many ways that we try to take on solving our problems. I mean, we just can’t sit still, can we? We have to do something, right? Whether it’s to understand what the disease is or how the disease came about or what I can do to affect my long life, we have to do something. But it is all for naught.
The kingdom of God has nothing to do with the flesh (eating and drinking, or doing, etc.). The kingdom of God has nothing to do with what you put into your body, like medicines or vitamins or healthy food. It is righteousness (the righteousness or right-ness we have before God. We have this “in” Christ, not our own righteousness or His right-ness before God), it is peace (the peace we have “in” Christ, not our own peace but His peace), it is joy (not the happiness we have over what we eat, but the joy that Christ’s work is finished with nothing for us to add to it). These are things that go out from us by believing. We trust God that the righteousness we received at the cross is His and it’s complete, and there is nothing to add to it. We trust God that we have peace with Him because of Christ; and we trust God that it’s finished and the joy that remains is unspeakable. There is no more struggle to earn God’s favor. All of this is in the life of Christ, His Holy Spirit, in us! This is the kingdom of God!
God Doesn’t Need To Be Convinced – You Do!
Most of the time we focus on convincing ourselves. God doesn’t need to be convinced – you do! God has already seen you healed, He has already seen you with peace, He has already seen you in a good marriage and He has seen you prosperous. He has already, past tense, blessed you! Just speak His word out loud and leave it to Him to get the job done.
2 Corinthians 4:13 (NASB) But having the same spirit of faith, according to what is written, “I BELIEVED, THEREFORE I SPOKE,” we also believe, therefore we also speak,
Let only His words, not your prognosis, not what the doctors say, not what others “see” or “think”, come out of your mouth. Let your mouth declare the promises of God. You really have nothing better to say. It may make you feel important to say what you think but it’s more important to God to say what God thinks, what His word says, about your situation. You can’t control your circumstances. But you can control what you speak and when you speak you release God to act. He wants to carry out His word. It’s His word. In Psalms 23:3 we read, (NASB) “He restores my soul; He guides me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake.” It’s not for your sake that He guides you in a good path, a path of righteousness; it’s so His name is held high. He wants to be known and believed as your provider, your refuge, your fortress, your strength. Let Him be God. Don’t give weight to your circumstances with your tongue, give weight to the word by speaking it out loud. Maybe you don’t believe at first. So what! You’ll grow into it. Remember from earlier posts, “there is, therefore, now no condemnation in Christ” (Romans 8:1). You aren’t performing for God. Start somewhere. Start with your tongue. Start with your eyes. One day, one thought, one spoken word at a time. If you enjoyed this post, then you will love my book. It will encourage you to receive the healing that has already been paid for at the cross. Click the button below to signup for notifications.