"These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world."
John 16:33 KJV
Sometimes we wake up to a bad day.
Or at least we feel that way. We wake up with a headache and a list of things a mile long that has carried over from yesterday.
It never ends.
Either all our friends are too happy to empathize, too miserable themselves to see past their own hardships, or our own misery has just isolated us and has made us undesirable to be around. Life is unfair and it just sucks.
It seems like there's nothing we can do to get out of our terrible situations, and all we can do is be miserable until we aren't anymore. Until some "thing" comes along and makes us happy again, right?
The Bible describes us as more than conquerors (Romans 8:37) and a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9). Jesus is King and we are His family and His friends. We have power, authority and quite frankly the responsibility to walk in the calling of our titles.
Which is to say: Fight. Back.
"Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof."
So first, stop saying you can't. Stop professing how miserable you are, stop re-enforcing your insecurities aloud to others and to yourself. Things may look bleak right now, but they don't have to be always. The very important fact is that you will only see what you are looking for and if you are only looking for things to remain the same, they will. Especially when all you're doing is speaking death into your situation. If you begin to view your situation as temporary, you will begin to look for a way out.
Next, you need to prepare for war. Choosing to fight back certainly puts you in the right mindset, but it's your actions that are really the karate chop in the spiritual warfare that you are now actively participating. So how do we prepare for battle? We suit up.
“Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:” Ephesians 6:15-17 KJV
The beautiful thing about this scripture is that is showing you the power you already have in faith!
To put on truth is to stand firm in God's Word which is the believers' truth. Knowing our truth helps us to put on righteousness, because knowing who God is helps us to align more closely with His character. When we are aligned with His character, His Word prepares us for any temptation or lie that the enemy may send our way. We are also prepared with faith to block or deflect anything that comes to question or sway us away from what we know to be true. All of our armor is gifted to us the moment we confess that Jesus is Lord over our lives and accept Him in our hearts as our Savior (helmet of salvation). When we seek Him to be closer to Him He then also gives us His Holy Spirit which then brings His Word back to remembrance so that we are able to battle with our sword. (John 14:26)
You don't have to sit and take life as it comes at you. God has not only given us permission, but authority to tell our bad times, "No! You can not over take me. You will not discourage me! You will not be the end of me!"
We can speak these things because they're true and because God is prepared to back us up, if only we do what He's called us to do and Fight. Back.