April 27, 2016

6 Tips for Breaking Through Darkness

This article is especially for those of us who are fighting huuuuuge challenges. Our trials are so continually exhausting that we wonder how we’ll survive the day. In fact, we dread the thought of even going through one more hour of misery. The limitations and the total lack of control over our circumstances leave us feeling defeated. We’re ready to throw in the towel, so to speak.

Well, the good news is that we don’t have to be concerned with unfair situations or human limitations. We can count on God’s limitless power.

My dear friend, Carol Graham, has experienced a lifetime of unimaginable trauma—and miracles. Carol is a prime example of a survivor. More than that, she never gives up her faith. Please see her uplifting, insightful blog here.

Carol Graham has graciously allowed me to copy some words of advice she recently e-mailed to a close friend about tapping into God’s power. I have only added headings and a few words for clarification:

1. Open the Lines of Communication With God.

For the past several months, I have made a concentrated effort to spend time in the morning in worship, praise, and prayer. It sure has made a difference in my life. However, when we are in that place in communication with the Lord, and then leave it to do our daily routine, it is hard to stay focused on what God showed us in those moments. Funny how we humans are like that. But it is in those moments when God speaks to my heart, and I cherish that time of communication. If there is any way you can find time to do that in your day and make it a habit, it will really give you strength.

2. Think Positive.

The other night he (God) woke me in the middle of the night with a scripture that really helped me. In Philippians (4:8), it says “Whatsoever things are pure (the Word) and honest (the Word) and of good report (the Word), think on these things.) That really hit me. I have a tendency to think of the “what ifs” and plan accordingly, but the Lord showed me to not allow my mind to go there. If those thoughts come, to immediately replace them with what the Word says and it says the TRUTH and a GOOD REPORT when we trust God.

3. Remember That God is Above our Circumstances.

Circumstances have no bearing on God’s Word. His Word and his Name are above all circumstances just as his thoughts are higher than ours and he sees the future. When we pray or say the Word, it gives him something to work with—because it is His thoughts, His word.

4. Believe for the Best to Happen.

He never, ever takes away His promises. Our only responsibility is to believe HIS GOOD REPORT. When thoughts come that you don’t like, just say out loud “I am believing God for a good report. I know his Word will not return void—it will be fulfilled.” Or whatever the Lord gives into your heart.

The enemy will do everything he can to put doubts in our mind but we can turn it back on him—“God said I will have a good report, and I am trusting Him for that. So get thee behind me Satan, in the name of Jesus.”

5. Use Your “Power of Attorney”.

God has given us the power of attorney to use His name—the name of Jesus. A power of attorney has all the power of the giver of that action. It carries with it all the authority that God gave His son—He gives it to us to use.

The name of Jesus is ABOVE every other name, which means that every other name has to bow to the name of Jesus. When you pray, remind God of that.

You have the right to remind the enemy that you have the AUTHORITY in the name of Jesus to break any chains. God has given you that right. The anointing breaks that bondage.

6.  Break the Grip of Darkness.

The enemy hates certain things, but the things he hates the most are the things he cannot control. He cannot control praise. So when we praise God in the middle of a situation, he has to remove his grip. When we use the Word in a situation, he has to remove his grip. He cannot survive against the Word or against praise.

My Conclusion

Life can be difficult; so hard that we want to just give up. Those are the best times to reach out to the limitless being who wants to add His power to our own. The suggestions listed above have worked for me as well as for Carol Graham. Our lives aren’t anywhere near perfect, and they’re not always pleasant, but we’re learning and growing daily. Isn’t that all anyone can ask?

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