On Wednesday’s vlog, I introduced #TeamHobbs to my adorable niece, Azoria, who was born on Veterans Day. She stole my heart instantly. The day my sister Alesha went into labor, she was eager for me to get to the hospital, because I was her designated labor and delivery coach.
Shortly after she found out she was expecting, she said, “You know you have to be in the delivery room with me, Dianna. I need you!”
I assured her I wouldn’t let her down. I was so grateful to be there by her bedside, praying silently for her, holding her hand, motivating her to stay strong, and keeping her calm through that difficult process. Amazingly, Alesha delivered Azoria, who was 8lb, 12oz, naturally, with no anesthesia.
She did incredible.
Throughout the process, the doctors were awed by her strength and calmness, and apparently, my coaching. “Are you a midwife?” they asked. “You were awesome and you should really think about it!”
Though I loved being there for my baby sis, I have no professional aspirations in that area. I view myself more as a spiritual midwife, called by God to help others give birth to their divine destiny. He sometimes wakes me up at night to intercede for others. He gives me words to say to share with folks around the world. He has graced me with the privilege of connecting with millions to encourage them not to give up when times get hard.
I know things get difficult. Life gets rough at times, but as I often say, your worst day with God is better than your best day without Him. It is a tremendous honor to know God trusts me to carry His word, love His people, and minister to the needs of so many in order that His Kingdom might be established on earth.
The more people I meet, the more I see how Satan uses the same trickery, lies, and tactics to defeat the people of God. One of his favorite tools is discouragement. He exploits hurt, disappointment and discontentment, and manipulates the unsuspecting into thinking God is against them rather than for them.
Those who fall into his trap get filled with resentment, bitterness and sadness. Depression takes over. Their faith sustains a major blow, and some, sadly, lose their grip. This is what the enemy, the chief manipulator, wants to see happen to you. Our adversary loves to use adversity to accuse God of failing you.
But God never fails. He doesn’t always do things the way we want Him to, nor does God honor our preferred timetable. Nevertheless, there is no failure in Him. He does things His way, which is always the best way. We just have to learn how to trust Him through the storm, wait for His timing and believe that in the end, He will cause it all to work for our good.
If you’re going through something frustrating and difficult today, this message is especially for you: Satan wants to use whatever he can to destroy your faith. Don’t let him do it.
In Luke 22:31-32, Jesus said to His disciple Simon Peter, “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail…”
In this passage of scripture, the word "you" is plural in the Greek language. That’s important to note, because Jesus was telling Simon Peter that Satan asked permission to come after all the disciples—not just him. The enemy wanted to sift all followers of Jesus as wheat.
Let the enemy know that he can shake the circumstances around you, but he can never shake the faith that’s within you.
Naturally speaking, in order to separate wheat from its kernels and other debris, it requires lots of shaking. So the enemy hoped he could shake up the disciples so much that he would destroy their faith and confidence in the Lord. But Jesus told Simon Peter He had already prayed that the disciples’ faith would not fail.
That prayer of intercession applies to me and you today.
The enemy’s desire remains to sift you and me as wheat. He’ll do whatever he can to separate you from your faith. He hopes to permanently damage you and make you walk away from God. Anything he can do to undermine your trust in Christ, he will do it. He’ll employ whatever methods and tactics he can to uproot you from your foundation of faith.
In light of that fact, aren’t you grateful that Jesus has already advocated for you so your faith won’t fail?
In this very moment, you may be going through a sifting season, where the devil is doing all he can to shake you up and separate you from your faith. Despite his best efforts, dig your heels in and fight back.
God has sent me, a spiritual midwife, to stand in the gap and tell you to keep on pressing! Stand on the promises of God. Declare that God’s word is true. Let the enemy know that he can shake the circumstances around you, but he can never shake the faith that’s within you.
You are a King’s kid. You have an amazing destiny. The Lord is on your side.
Stay rooted and be assured that the Lord is going to bring you out of this situation with a testimony of victory. That’s why He’s sending this cup of inspiration your way: so you won’t quit on the journey to breakthrough. While you’re waiting for deliverance, lean on Him. He is your refuge. Run to Him.
Whatever burdens you may be carrying, situations you may be facing and storms you may be trying to get through, go to Christ, your Rock. He is your defense. He is the anchor of your soul. Cling to Him and don’t let go.
As long as you hold fast to His hand, Satan may shake you up, but you will yet remain firmly planted. Your roots, buried deep within the soil of God’s word, will not be moved. When you’re rooted, you are yet blessed in hard times, favored in unfavorable circumstances and you will yield fruit even in times of famine!
I’m stirring Jeremiah 17:7-8 NIV into your cup of inspiration, which says, “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD And whose trust is the LORD. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit."
As you drink down the contents of your cup, be encouraged. The word of the Lord says you are blessed, as long as you trust in God. The enemy’s attack is no match for a believer whose faith is founded upon Christ, the rock.
No matter what it looks like right now, be assured that you are anointed, blessed, fortified, favored, chosen, and protected by God, who is your refuge in times of trouble.
When the storm rages and the enemy forcefully opposes you, remind yourself of 1 John 4:4 NIV: “…the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
The blessings of the Lord are all over your life. He will not fail you. Just don’t give up.
Now let’s pray.
God, this season has been rough, but thank You for the favor that rests on me. I appreciate all You have done, are doing and will do. I declare, even in the midst of trouble, that Your favor, blessings, and breakthrough are already mine. I praise You for it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
As always, thanks for reading and until next time... may today's cup of inspiration uplift, encourage, and empower you!
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