Do you ever have a season of life just going wrong? I was in a season like that a couple of years ago:
My kids and I moved in with my mom to help her after her hip replacement surgery. During the two weeks I was there, my kids came down with sickness. My glasses broke; new ones cost over $400. My car broke down with a flat tire. My husband hurt his back and was laid up. I hurt my knee and couldn’t walk without being in pain. I received a not-so-pleasant email. It seemed like every time I turned around it was bad news.
I sat in my car alone; my tears matched the rain falling on the windshield. A blanket of depression suppressed my spirit.
God, why are you letting all this happen to me?
A pathetic sigh escaped my lips; I knew I should ask Him what He wanted me to learn so I could get out of this dreadful feeling of not looking forward to tomorrow. He led me to verses on affliction.
This is my comfort in my affliction: for thy word hath quickened me. Psalm 119:50
Comfort in my affliction…Your Word has quickened me… The circumstance is not what I believe. I believe what His word says, and gain comfort by that.
I needed that, so I prayed:
According to 1 Pet. 2:24 by Jesus stripes we are healed!
Matthew 8:17 Himself took our infirmities and bare our sicknesses!
Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against me shall prosper!
Luke 10:19 We have power over all the power of the enemy!
John 15:7 If Your words abide in me, I can ask what I will and it will be done!
Isaiah 41:10 You will strengthen me and help me!
Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble!
Psalm 55:18 He has delivered my soul in peace from the battle against me!
Psalm 34:17 The Lord hears and delivers the righteous from all their troubles!
I gained victory and comfort in the spirit, but my circumstances didn’t change.
The doctor said my knee was a flare-up from a previous case of tendonitis and I had to stay off my feet for a week or two. I am supposed to be helping my Mom! Great! Not the best news, but we’ll just get some friends to come and help me.
In that same week my youngest son had croup and my oldest son had a virus with vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. My husband got flu symptoms. Yeah…come on over, friends! In a few more days my husband’s family members from Florida were supposed to visit. We tried to postpone that, but they had already driven half way. You’ve gotta be kidding me! I’ve got to prepare for company and get the house cleaned in the middle of all this?
By the end of those three weeks I was depressed again. I have been here before… “This is my comfort in my affliction, for Your word has quickened me.” I started praying the Word again.
All of this was 2 years ago. I have learned this truth, but sometimes we forget. Almost every day last month was continual bad news. I feel like it was a month that got flushed down Hell’s toilet tubes. I knew the devil was robbing from me, but I was passive.
After a week of hives, I called my parents at 2 AM last Thursday night because I was ready to head to the ER. You know what the word was? “This is a demonic attack against your body, but you need to quit looking at the symptoms and declare your healing!”
I repented, and we spent the next hour in warfare. I am healed and walking in victory. The devil has robbed from me long enough!
What about you? Are you dealing with domino circumstances, or are in need of His comfort? What verses are you going to pray to bring you comfort and life?
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