“Hey you,” a voice called out.
Macy looked around to see who the voice belonged to, and noticed the young boy perched in a treehouse.
“Who, me?” she asked pointing to herself.
“Yes, you. Come up here. I want to show you something.”
Intrigued, Macy climbed up to the treehouse, looked down to the right and then the left. “Whoa,” she said. “Things look different from up here.”
“And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” -Ephesians 2:6
Perspective. It’s a beautiful thing, and it can make all the difference in the persistence and power with which you live your life. It will affect the choices you make. In fact, I believe it is foundational for a believer. The gift of faith is one of the gifts that I have, and it allows me to see from God’s perspective.
When the gift of faith is operating in me, I have an unshakable, unmovable belief for something. It’s not based on man’s logic. It’s supernatural faith, and like other gifts, it may not be on 24/7.
It could be as simple as believing that God will speak to me when I ask him a question, because he does say:
Call on me and I will show you great and wonderful things that you do not know. -Jeremiah 33:3
Or it could be the faith to believe that God will do what his word says he will do. “Not one of all the LORD’s good promises to Israel failed; every one was fulfilled.” -Joshua 21:45. God is not a man that he should lie and if he said it, you can count on it.
I just love the gift of faith, because when challenging times come, you don’t get stuck in worry. It allows you to carry on and lead a productive life without becoming basket case status.
It is possible to believe in God’s word so much that it becomes your reality. That is the goal. However, the enemy will continue to try to draw you out of that place, just as he tempted Jesus who was filled with Holy Spirit. You will at times have to gird up yourself and strategically wield the sword of the spirit.
The armor of God that he tells us to put on is what saves us during a spiritual attack. Please don’t get it twisted. We don’t overcome because we’re so great. It’s not that we reach a level where we can “handle it” on our own. Instead, the power to overcome comes from our relationship with Jesus Christ and following his lead.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. -Ephesians 6:11
God tells us to put on the belt of truth a foundation you can build on, the breastplate of righteousness which protects your heart and vital organs, and readiness from the gospel of peace which gives you the grace to stay focused and carry on.
Then put on the shield of faith to protect against the things the enemy sends your way, the helmet of salvation to manage your thoughts and the sword of the spirit, which is the word of God. All of this armor helps us to strategically stand. And as long as you’re on your feet, you’ve still got a chance to win.
Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.