Would you like to see your biggest setbacks transformed into your greatest comebacks? Would you like to move from victim to victor? Would you like to know how to navigate through your deepest, darkest valleys? Are there mountains you need moved in your life today? Are you feeling hopeless, sunk in a pit of seemingly never-ending despair? Look no further! This outline gives you eight steps to overcoming any obstacles in your path so you, too, can emerge victorious through any obstacles you face.
1. Know your God-given identity
First and foremost you must know who you are in Christ and whose you are in Christ. The enemy of your soul does not want you to discover who you really are in Christ. Don’t let the enemy steal your spiritual identity for then he will try to thwart your God-given destiny.
God’s Word states in Hosea 4:6 “My people shall perish for lack of knowledge.” So this behooves us to learn why the Lord died on the Cross for us and because of His supreme sacrifice how He sees you and who you are in Him.
You are the Beloved of the Lord…enough for Him to die for you. And you are a joint-heir with Christ and seated spiritually with Him in heavenly places. Thus, as a joint-heir you have an inheritance! (Romans 8:17, Ephesians 1:20 and Ephesians 1:11)
“The Lord has ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a future and a hope’.” (Jeremiah 29:11) So don’t despair! Rather, become truly knowledgeable about who you are in Christ so you can start displacing the lies of the enemy and the obstacles put in front of you with the truth of God’s Word.
2. Know your God-given authority
Part of our inheritance is delegated authority. He gave us given us power over the enemy:
- Luke 10:19 states: “Behold I have given YOU authority to tread upon serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means injure you.”
- Matthew 16:19: “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of Heaven, and whatever you shall bind on earth shall be bound in Heaven and whatever you shall loose on earth shall be loosed in Heaven.”
- Matthew 10:1 “He gave them authority over unclean spirits to cast them out, and to heal every kind of disease and every kind of sickness.”
- John 10:10 states: “The thief comes to steal, kill and destroy, but I have come that you may have life and life more abundantly.”
- In Luke 9:1 Jesus called the 12 disciples together and gave them power and authority over all demons and to heal diseases.
- Deuteronomy 28:13: “And the Lord shall make you the head and not the tail, and you shall be above and not underneath if you will listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I charge you today to observe them very carefully.”
3. Put your spiritual armor on
Know for sure that the battlefield is the mind so put your whole spiritual armour on daily. The battle field IS the mind and we are in a battle. It is very important to take every thought captive unto the obedience of Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5).
Put on the whole armor of God in the morning so at the end of the day you will be standing. Put on the helmet of salvation thinking God’s thoughts about you, put on the breastplate of righteousness…that you are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus, have your loins girded in truth, feet shod in the preparation of the Gospel of peace, faith as your shield against which you withstand ALL the wiles of the evil one and the sword of the Spirit which is the word of God. (Ephesians 6:10)
Your struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12) Sometimes the obstacles that we are facing may seem natural, but many times they have a deeper spiritual rooting.
Again, displace the lies of the enemy with the truth of God’s Word.
Does your confession line up with the Word of God? This is so vitally important to know who you are in Christ, confess this daily because the enemy of your soul wants you to walk in inferiority, insecurity, and fear.
Christ and His Word are your anchors! Proverbs 23:7 states “as a man thinks so is he.”
God’s Word is medicine to your body, mind, and soul. The devil is a liar and is positioned under your feet as a believer. His tools are fear, discouragement, doubt and deception, lies and more lies!
4. Displace fear with love
Displace fear with love and develop a strong love by walking in God’s grace.
Perfect love casts our fear (I John 4:18) and when we recognize we have already received perfect love from Jesus Christ AND that He can give us the grace to fully walk in love with our enemies, He will fight all of our battles for us. Again, our warfare is not with flesh and blood but with the forces of evil and darkness in high places.
And though we walk in the flesh we do not war in the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:3,4). The greatest force in the world is love and when we walk in love it can displace all fear…our choice.
5. Be quick to forgive!
Two landing strips in our lives for the enemy to use as obstacles are unforgiveness and unconfessed sin. If not dealt with these become open portals for the enemy to wreak havoc in our emotional lives and can lead to physical health consequences.
I strongly suggest and recommend taking the enemy’s hooks out of yourself and decide to forgive which is a choice and leave vengeance to God. (Romans 12:9-21). As you release this situation to the Lord again, He will fight your battles. He is a God of justice and we need to leave justice to Him, not take it in our own hands. I can tell you from my own experiences of being deeply wounded many times over that releasing all unforgiveness is the only way to go. Not only does it allow me to walk free but I have seen it lead time and time again too countless blessings by doing so. It is a choice and I know it can be very tough to make the decision to do this but the quicker you decide to do this, in my opinion, the better off you will be.
6. Be fervent in prayer
Be fervent in prayer and pray the living, powerful Word of God. Prayer IS the language of warfare…the Blood of Jesus, the Name of Jesus, and the Word of God. Saturate yourself with the truth of God’s Word…this will keep oil in your lamps. Again, remember we do not war in the flesh because our warfare is not carnal but mighty through God for the pulling down of strongholds.
Hebrews 4:12 states: “His word is alive and powerful, sharper than a two-edged sword, able to pierce to the division of soul and spirit, of joints and marrow and even able to judge the thoughts and the intentions of the heart.”
God’s Word is so enormously powerful it can raise the dead, cause miraculous transformation on spiritual, emotional and physical levels and bring back any dead situation to life! I have seen ALL of these happen before my very own eyes as a doctor! The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous person avails much.
7. Add communion, fasting and worship
Add communion, fasting and praise and worship to your daily routine.
8. Stay in faith
Stay in faith, persevere and rest in the Lord as you await your outcome.
He acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him. Faith is the currency of Heaven. Having done all.. to stand. He will fight your battles and thus you can enter into His rest as you wait upon Him.
- The Bible states in Matthew 9:29 “According to your faith be it unto you.”
- “The righteous shall live by faith.” (Hebrews 10:38)
- “We walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7)
- And “without faith it is impossible to please God.” (Hebrews 11:6)
- And finally, “Faith if the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1)
In summary, being in the Refiner’s fire shapes us for His glory. Your tests will become your testimonies! Look at the outcome of both Job and Joseph in the Bible. There is purpose in your pain. God will not waste your pain and His grace shines brightest through broken people, so embracing your brokenness is paramount to your inner healing. He will redeem all of your pain and make up for the wasted years. He is the God of the divine reversals and turnarounds and your life’s pain and all the struggles you go through will be used for His glory!
Stay strong and look to the Lord and His Word to strengthen you.
Know you are loved with an everlasting love from your Creator, God our Father and His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.