Spiritual battles are won by faith, but there’s a key of truth to find that unlocks faith in every challenge. The truth changes our understanding of God and so faith accesses God’s power to transform the world around us from a transformed heart within us.
Romans 8:32 He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?
Earlier this year I was going through an intense spiritual battle linked to a business deal. It seemed like an outward thing, but of course as ever the real battle was in my heart: this was designed by the Lord to bring greater levels of breakthrough and freedom in my heart, in the “secret place” of my inner faith. Battles exist because the Lord accomplishes internal transformation by teaching us truth under pressure. He reveals powerful keys of His Kingdom and these bring victory as they open the door to new realms of His power. In the process we are changed, and our faith grows.
During my battles I read about Moses’ fight against two kings – Sihon and Og- and realized these were a picture of two enemies over whom I was poised to gain a decisive victory. We’ll talk about Og some other time – today I want to tell you about his partner in crime. Sihon means “ruin” and I realized that I’d often faced situations of loss and ruin in business, and so had my parents. Deeper than that, I had an internal fear of loss. When things went wrong my heart got dark and I quickly felt that the Lord was not with me, that He wasn’t close at hand to help me succeed. Of couse, this is a lie – its not at all what God is like. My internal belief was weak. As soon as there was a “crack” in my outside world, my faith would be challenged and usually fail. But the faith God develops in our hearts is a powerful force that rises up when outside circumstances don’t align with Kingdom potential. The Lord mines and refines this “faith gold” inside of us to re-shape the world around us. Sometimes He does it through fiery battles.
I won my battle earlier this year by deeply grasping a powerful key of truth: the Father is generous. He gave me Jesus – and is now willing to open a storehouse of love, care, grace, favor, victory, success and power for me.
“All things” – our minds can’t comprehend how wide and deep this is. His intention is to give us everything we need and desire, everything for an exhilarating life of adventure and impactful destiny. He plans to blow away our wildest dreams with far greater opportunities than we can imagine. We were hostage to Sihon – set up for ruin and failure no matter how hard we pushed and strived. But as we came to Christ, He blasted Sihon into the stratosphere and positioned us to have “all things” the Father wants to give us. There’s gold in your heart if you can believe this. When your outside circumstances are threatening “ruin and loss”, hold on to the unshakeable truth: “He gave me Jesus and, along with him, my Father will graciously give me all things.” As this truth is embraced by more of God’s children, Sihon is banished to an ever smaller corner of the planet!
The bigger point of my story is this: spiritual battles are won by faith, and in each challenge God is teaching us a key lesson of truth that unlocks faith and shifts our hearts to know Him better. Faith accesses God’s power to transform the world around us from a transformed heart within us. “This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith.” 1 John 5:4