through His Word
by Katy Kauffman
Have you ever felt like you were in an “impossible” struggle with no way out, no way to win the victory? I have. More than once. The battlefield of the mind tends to be one of the best campgrounds of “impossible,” but also one of the best places for God to do His rescuing work. We can’t escape our own minds, and Satan enjoys sending us harassing—even debilitating—thoughts. But God makes a way for victory in every struggle whatever battleground the enemy chooses.
How does God help us to win? Below are some strategies He has taught me, strategies that show me God is good. He understands the pull of selfishness on our hearts and the oppression Satan seeks to batter us with. His own Son endured Satan’s temptations and harassment, and won. Jesus is our High Priest who intercedes for us and our Shepherd who guides us on dangerous paths. In His goodness, God has given what we need to navigate and overcome challenges (2 Peter 1:3). His wisdom reveals what strategies will bring victory, His power enables us to execute them, and His love keeps our hearts hopeful and expectant of the good He will work.
Proven Strategies for Overcoming “Impossible” Struggles
Our God fights for us. He wants the best for us, and one of His best gifts is a path to victory. See if these strategies have worked for you. You may be able to add some of your own. With God’s help, these strategies can help you to overcome an “impossible” struggle.
1. Bury yourself in Scripture. Study God’s Word so that its truth sinks into your mind and heart, and you understand it from the inside out.
2. Pray, pray, pray. Stay close to God through prayer, depending on Him for help and seeking His face and companionship. (It’s hard for darkness to thrive when you abide in the light.)
3. Do the good you know to do. Have a consistent quiet time, go to church regularly, fellowship with other believers, work hard, do the assignments God has given you, grow in godly character, and refuse the evil and choose the good (Isaiah 1:17).
4. Stop wallowing in “I can’t” or “This is too hard.” Choose to be an overcomer in Christ, not a victim.
5. Open your eyes to those around you and what they’re going through. When we recognize that we aren’t the only ones striving to do God’s will, we find company for the journey, and we're mindful of what other people need.
6. If your family heritage isn’t Christian, choose to be different. Regardless of what our family members in the past have chosen, we can choose God’s way. Identifying the root cause of our struggles helps us to know what to guard against, and asking God for help propels us toward what will build up our lives (and other’s lives) instead of tearing them down.
7. Stop listening to Satan’s lies—“This isn’t so bad,” or “You’ll never overcome this,” or “God doesn’t love you because of this.” Saying a firm no to Satan’s lies and a resounding yes to the truth and love of God, will bring victory sooner than later.
8. Replace harmful habits with good ones. Immediately! We’ll never get out of a downward spiral of hurtful habits if we don’t change what we’re doing. Simple steps in the right direction, such as waking up to Christian radio or reading Scripture before bedtime, can help us get on the path to victory.
9. Get up after you stumble. It’s better to walk and stumble than to never walk in God’s direction because we’re afraid of failing. He’s a good Daddy who loves His children, and He’s pleased when we choose in favor of His ways instead of hurtful ones.
The unseen war is all around us and within us, revealing itself in struggles in our emotional, physical, and spiritual health; in our families and other relationships; and in our society and between nations. Whatever kind of struggles we face, God can formulate a strategy for victory, and He uses our faithfulness and perseverance in His plan.
“When I cry out to You,
my enemies will turn back;
this I know, because God is for me.”
Psalm 56:9 NKJV
The result of God’s rescue—
“He has redeemed my soul in peace
from the battle that was against me,
for there were many against me.”
Psalm 55:18 NKJV
What victory do you need today? Run to your Father who loves you perfectly and knows how to help even before you ask. But ask Him. God can level giants, break down walls, and turn the “impossible” into dust.
Share with us in the comments below what tools God has used to bring about a victory in your life, and what part He gave you to do.
© Copyright 2017 by Katy Kauffman
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This is a part of our series on delighing in God's goodness, which run through the month of August.
spiritual battles, struggles, the character of God, victory, hope, Overcoming the Impossible: God’s Strategies for Victory, Katy Kauffman, Lighthouse Bible Studies