This past week my family and I went through a terrible trial. It’s not over but God has brought us farther than we thought possible in this short period of time. I can’t give you too many details without sharing private information that belongs to one of my children but I will tell you this, this is too big for us.
Have you ever heard the old saying God doesn’t give you more than you can handle? I’ve heard it and I disagree. Sometimes life DOES throw us trials that are so big that they are impossible for us to handle. I think a more acurate statement is God never gives you more than He can handle.
Focusing on God and His love, goodness and power is the only way to peacefully go through times like these. I’m not going to lie and tell you I haven’t had my moments over the past week or two – I have. I have had moments that brought me to my knees in tears. I felt like my heart was beng ripped apart but I knew who to look to. God gave me strenth and He continues to do so.
In my upcoming book The Power of Resting I talk about going through these types of trials and how we can better manage them through what we focus on. The following is an excerpt about God’s Armor and how we can use it to sustain and strenthen us.
God can teach us many lessons through the trials of our lives if we will just continue to press into Him and believe that He is looking out for us. Knowing that we are going to have trials and tribulation in this world does not mean that we are to adopt an attitude of defeat or fear. God has told us what to do in situations like these to walk in the victory that He has achieved for us. We are to put on God’s whole armor (Ephesians 6:11–17). God has given us the protection and the weapons needed to fight the good fight of faith and win. God has equipped us for offense and defense in this battle. Our defense consists of five main strategies.
We must tighten the belt of truth. The truth is Jesus the Word of God. We must refuse to believe any information that does not place Christ as its primary source. We must also refuse any interpretation of God’s Word that does not reveal the freedom that Jesus came to give us. Every part of God’s Truth reveals Christ and the Grace and Truth that He is. Knowing this truth will enable us to stand confidently.
We must wear the breastplate of righteousness. We need to be fully aware of who we are in Christ. It is only when we know whom we are that we are able to withstand the accusations of the enemy. We are already the righteousness of Christ in Jesus—we are not trying to become righteous. Holding firmly to this truth at all times will help us continue to believe for God’s best.
We must place our feet in the shoes of peace. Jesus came here for us, delivered us from the attacks that we will be faced with, and He gave us His peace. We did not just receive a portion of peace; we have been left all the peace of Jesus. When we know this, it will enable us to live a life that is undisturbed and free from being unsettled. When we come to know Jesus intimately, as we get to know His person, we will come to know this peace more personally.
We must hold up our shield of faith. We can block all of the enemy’s flaming missiles when we have faith in Jesus and renew our minds to truth. We must continue to believe the truth and expect the best, regardless of what we see, feel, or hear. We have to remember to keep our eyes on the Lord and focus on His faith, power, and ability (not our own) operating in our lives.
We need to wear our helmet of salvation. Salvation is multifaceted—it does not just mean we get to go to heaven. Salvation includes every part of our well-being. Knowing the Word of God will enable us to think God’s thoughts for and about us. This protects our minds from the lies of the enemy. When we believe what God has deemed truth, it gives us hope for any situation. Renewing our minds, taking every thought captive, and making it line up with the truth is key to victory.
God has given us a simple but amazing and powerful offensive strategy.
We pick up the sword of the Spirit (the Word of God, who is Jesus) and use it. God has given us a powerful weapon in His Word. We must know Jesus and His heart toward us; and we must speak forth the truth. However, it is not simply the confession of the truth that allows us to stand in victory. We do not confess the Word in order to become victorious. We confess the Word because we believe we are victorious. We believe Jesus has given us victory, so we speak from a place of already being victorious. We speak from a place of faith in our righteousness through Christ. We find an example of Jesus being lead by God’s Spirit and using the Truth to defeat Satan in the desert (Matthew 4:1–11). Jesus continued to swing His sword—speaking the Word and believing He had the victory. The enemy is not afraid of us if we are not standing in the truth—the Truth is what has defeated him. This is what will make him flee.
“So be subject to God. Resist the devil [stand firm against him], and he will flee from you.”
God has also equipped us with the Holy Spirit, who is able to pray for us when we do not know what to offer. We all have the ability to pray in the Spirit; we need only ask God and believe that He has answered us. This is always the perfect prayer for any situation. Praying in the Spirit is not something that needs to be looked at as strange or unusual—it is a gift from God. It is the ability to bypass our own understanding and allow God’s own Spirit to pray through us. With the power of the Word and the Spirit on our side we will always be victorious!
“Pray at all times (on every occasion, in every season) in the Spirit, with all [manner of] prayer and entreaty. To that end keep alert and watch with strong purpose and perseverance, interceding in behalf of all the saints (God’s consecrated people).”
We may not always understand why we are going through a particular trial, but whether we understand or not we have to remember to keep believing the truth. We need to rest in the fact that God loves us and believe that as we continue to seek Him, He will reveal all we need to walk in our victory. In The Message Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:7 says, “It’s what we trust in but don’t yet see that keeps us going.”
“for we walk by faith, not by sight—”
2 Corinthians 5:7 NASB
These are the truths that have and will continue to sustain me.
That’s my two cents for the day!
Keep It Real
Being Loved By Him, With You,
BIO: Daveda Schmidlin is a happy wife, mother, and grandmother. She is a speaker, teacher, author and former pastor who is passionate about the Gospel of Grace. Her message is sincere, encouraging, simple and profound. Her words will set people free from condemnation and will help usher them into a deeper revelation and understanding of God’s great love.