Your first reaction is going to determine the outcome in a crisis situation. Seldom do we have the luxury of sitting back and looking at things. The attitude you have when Satan comes against you is going to determine the final result. If you can get a hold of this truth, it will revolutionize your life. I’ve been teaching this everywhere I go, and I’ve seen more results out of it than anything I’ve ever taught. It’s based on simple truths from the Word, but if you get established in them, they’ll keep you from being offended, and the Word of God will produce in your life.
In John 14:1, Jesus says, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”
Now this is so simple that you can miss it. It’s very profound, however. The first thing you have to do when Satan comes against you is to make the decision that you are not going to let your heart be troubled.
If you were to diagram this sentence, the understood subject is “you.” You let not your heart be troubled. God gave you the choice. God gave you power over your heart.
Again, this is so simple we often miss it. The vast majority of people I deal with who are attacked by Satan don’t really understand this. A lot of them believe that in a given situation, there is no way that they can help but to be depressed and discouraged. They justify emotions that are contrary to God’s Word. But this is a command as much as any other command in the Word — as much as “thou shalt not commit adultery, thou shalt not steal, and thou shalt not kill.” It is a direct command from the Lord!
So the very first thing you have to do is say, “I am not going to let my heart be troubled.”
Depression — Getting Christians Down
As I travel, the biggest problem I encounter in the body of Christ is discouragement and depression. At least three-fourths of the people I deal with constantly battle these emotions. There is no excuse for it — there are reasons, but no excuses.
We’ve gotten to the point that we think these kinds of emotions are normal. A lot of people try to resist and walk in victory, for a brief period of time. They have bounds, or limits, to how far they’ll go in believing God. When certain things happen, such as someone dying, they say, “Well, how could you expect anybody not to be discouraged or not to grieve?”
Well, I guarantee you the Lord Jesus Christ has borne our sorrows and carried our griefs! That’s not to say that you don’t miss a person, but there is no justification for getting into grieving which becomes destructive.