How do you solve the dilemma of feeling a lack or weakness in an area of your life? We’ve learned as Christians that we are not really to go by what we think or feel but by the Word of God, so we pray. But if persistent prayer has not completely conquered this weakness yet, what can we do?
While discussing this with my husband one morning, I told him the only thing that ever worked for me in combination with prayer was to meditate and ponder a scripture until it becomes part of you. Here is what I do. Focus on the area or quality you want to improve. Find a verse with the desired result and paste it to the area of need as the remedy. By that I mean, every time I am faced throughout my day with this insufficiency, I ask the Holy Spirit to make a change in me according to this verse in this area.
I began to recall every breakthrough that had come my way through this method and recited them to my husband. When I pondered John 8:32, (“You will know the truth and the truth will set you free”), God revealed what I needed to do for Him to set me free at that time. I was to get rid of all offenses even things not my fault. Next, I pondered Rom. 8:28 about turning things for good and God turned a difficult situation into salvation for another. Romans 8:1 reminded me there is no condemnation in Christ and we are not to receive it from another. John 12:32 reminded me to honor Christ and He will draw people to Himself through us. I John 3:1 gave me a deposit of His love that I would never doubt again that I was His child now despite my past. I Cor. 1:5 informed me I have all I need for speaking and knowledge because of my testimony in Him; Eph. 6:19 that I will be given words to fearlessly make known His gospel; John 14:26 that the Holy Spirit will teach me what I need to know and remind me of everything He has already taught me.
Whether the verse delivered courage, love, confidence, boldness, honor, or understanding; each gave a desired result. This process may take a week or even a month of pressing in and ruminating over a scripture and asking God for belief for this new strength.
What do you need? What areas need fortitude or revelation? Find the verse that answers that question in your life. Meditate on it day and night until the Holy Spirit makes it alive, active and true in your life.
When God’s Word goes out, it does not return empty but accomplishes what He desires and achieves the purpose for which He sends it. (Is. 55:11) As you keep your focus and draw close, remember that whatever you ask in faith, He will do for you. (John 15:7)