These past couple of weeks have been trying but typical displays of the enemy’s tactics. On Mother’s Day, I caught a bug and throughout the weeks I was sick off and on. Then I started experiencing anxiety symptoms and they lasted for days. I have never experienced the anxiety lasting for days like this and the symptoms were a resounding gong vibrating through my body. My chest hurt, my body ached, and my throat had a scratchy, lumpy feeling. My stomach had a pit feeling that wouldn’t leave also. I had some stress and some worries but sometimes the symptoms would appear when I thought my mind was clear. I was back at this point again when I had already claimed my healing before.
I couldn’t figure out why I was ailing physically and mentally, when on the flip side I had also been informed that I am to receive an award from my job. I had been getting the word out about my newly published book and feeling good about accomplishing one of my goals. I was starting to physically plan and prepare for my business too, and I was nervous, but excited.
However, being sick and anxious were beginning to make moving forward or just the simplest tasks difficult these past two weeks. I felt sluggish and began to focus on my issues more than God and all my blessings. The Sunday before this past Sunday, I remember feeling heavy, my legs feeling heavy and the pit feeling in my stomach. It was hard to even stand during praise and worship. My pastor basically said to the congregation when Praise & Worship was ending that we were going to praise God and stay right there in that moment until something breaks because he felt the heaviness or something holding us back.
By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (Heb. 13:15 KJV)
I felt like at that moment God was speaking to me personally and when we praised God, I felt so much better. I felt that thing lift off of me. But then the sickness and anxiety continued the next week. I admit I felt hopeless. This past Sunday, between Praise & Worship and the sermon, the themes I kept hearing were freedom, freedom from fear/anxiety and bringing forth praise. No matter the circumstance or how you feel, praise God through it all.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Heb. 11:1 KJV)
This Memorial’s Day, as I read some of Kenneth E. Hagin’s workbook about Faith, I began to understand what I, like many of us, had not been doing or fail to do in some areas of our lives. I had not been exercising my faith. I had not been receiving or continually walking in my healing. I was instead doing more hoping than believing; I was focusing more on my circumstances than God. I had not realized that faith is not “I will” or “I hope.” Faith is “It is now.” I have to exercise my faith and trust in God’s promises: But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed (Isaiah 53:5 KJV); For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end (Jeremiah 29:11 KJV).
In order to exercise my faith and continue to trust in God’s promises, I have to follow the three P’s:
- PRAY! Pray for relationship and intimacy with God and not just His Promises and Provisions. Believe when you pray that you have received too. Pray without ceasing also.
- PRESS! Faith without works is dead so put some action with your faith. Fight the good fight of faith. Persevere and trust God. Someone told me that if God sends you, to go even when you are afraid.
- PRAISE! Praise is a weapon. Praise allows you to focus on God and not your circumstances. Moreover, as you renew your mind with the Word of God, you can’t help but to respond to God with praise. Praise and the Word also changes your perspective and focus.
Help me to believe when I pray and not hope that I am healed, but believe and receive it, even when there is no evidence of my healing. Help me to press and praise my way through, trusting in You and relying upon Your grace to do so. In Jesus’ Name, Amen!
Ladies, today I EMPOWER you to PRAY, PRESS and PRAISE your way through. If it God’s will, whatever you desire, believe you received it. Faith is knowing you have already received God’s promise.
Ms. Tannika Moore loves the Lord and loves to write! Besides writing poetry or editing written work for family and friends, she currently works for NEIU Educational Talent Search program. She helps assist Chicago Public School students with their reading, writing, etc. as well as helps them consider and prepare for college. God, the Creator and Great Father has also created her to be a compassionate person and encourager so she loves to encourage people according to God’s Word and help them to see, think and become better through her support, actions and writing. In April, Ms. Tannika’s poetry book, Setting The Captive Free, was published. It is her first book. For more details and how to purchase your copy, visit stcfpoetrybook.com. Her favorite scripture comes from Philippians 1:6, “For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you shall perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.”