DELIVERANCE AND HEALING
By Petal Barclay-Smith
As Christians, we face storms in our lives at any time. The storm may cause us disruption, chaos and confusion. Our storm can either break us or make us. I have seen some of the best of us Christians buckle under our storms.
Our storms are often unbearable and many of us Christians try to hide the fact that we have to face a storm or that we are going through some rough patches. As men and women of God, we have to go through struggles, some experiences are more severe than others, but it should be nothing to be ashamed about.
We should learn to be open with at least some other believers about our circumstances. It is not that we are looking for a pity party, but the fact remains that we all need each other to pray for and with us to help us to ride out the storm.
As an Evangelist, I too have been going through my storm which at many times can be very unbearable and overwhelming. But God said to me, “Don’t pray for it to be easier, pray for you to be stronger.” During our struggles, we need supernatural strength to make it through. Even when we may think that we are strong enough to fight through, we still need the grace of God to keep us going.
Our faith is tested through our struggles. While our test may last for several months or even years, we must know that God is in the midst of it all and He will help us. We read in Matthew Chapter 8, verses 23-27 how Jesus calms the storm: “Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24 Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”
“ He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”
Many times, we think that God is sleeping during our situation because our prayers are not answered fast enough. But rest assure that God is standing by, drying every tear we cry. He says He will never give us more than we can bear and His grace is sufficient for us.
Through it all, let us stand upon the promises of God for our lives to help bring us through our tough times. We do get weary of waiting for our breakthrough, but we are reminded in Isaiah 40:31, “they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” My prayer is that God will teach us how to wait upon Him.
Joseph waited many years in his pit before he became ruler of Egypt. Job, though he suffered many losses, he waited on God and everything was restored to him two-fold. While David waited to become King, he spent many years running for his life from King Saul who wanted to kill him.
Today, our storm may be different and varied. We may face relationship issues, financial problems, loss of jobs, home, family and the like. And many Christians fall out of the face because they cannot cope with the struggles. If you have been through this, you too will know that it is not easy facing your struggles.
But, the Bible tells us we are to rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
As we continue on this journey with Christ, faith is very necessary. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Brothers and sisters, I encourage us to have faith in God. Let us encourage each other to be strong in the Lord. Trials and tribulations will come, but as the Lord said, do not pray for it to be easier, but pray for you to be stronger. It is only by God’s divine strength that we can overcome and be victorious. Be encouraged today and be blessed. Amen