Switch on the Power
March 17, 2020
I think you'll agree that the path down to discouragement is an easy one, and it will hold us prisoners if we let it take us captive. When you feel like you're never good enough, when you start feeling sick, when people are talking down about you, and when you join in with your own negative, critical thoughts about yourself, it drains the life and power out of you. The enemy will try to keep you distracted from what God says about you by reminding you of difficulties in your circumstances. So how do you break the chain of discouragement?
When you read the psalms of King David, whom God called "a man after His own heart," you know that he was susceptible to discouragement. In Psalm 43, David begins to talk about his overwhelming feelings of oppression and rejection, about all the problems he was facing and even a sense of mourning. But suddenly there's a complete turnaround in his prayer. It's as though he stops in his tracks, wheels around, and defies that discouraging voice. He challenges those negative situations with eyes that begin to focus on God dwelling on His holy mountain, the God who is David's "joy and delight." He says, "Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad?" Then he declares, "I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Savior and my God!"
David realized, just as we must realize, that God has wired us for power, but we have to switch it on. Romans 10:9–10 not only tells you how to get wired, but it tells you how to flow in the power. The apostle Paul says, "If you declare with your mouth, 'Jesus is Lord,' and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved." If you are a believer today, you have the Lord Jesus living inside you. The Spirit of God dwells inside you, so you're fully wired.
Now switch on the power. When you're feeling like you're never good enough, believe with your heart and confess with your words, "No, I'm fearfully and wonderfully made." When you start feeling sick, confess, "No, God is my healer." When people are talking down about you, confess, "No, I don't listen to that. I only repeat what God says about me. He says I'm His masterpiece. That's what I believe in my heart!" Use your words as weapons to walk in power, and you can overcome every obstacle, climb every mountain, and walk through every valley.