As winter settles in, we often hear about “flu season” – sickness seems to be abundant this time of year. Tradition will have you believe that God uses sickness, trials and tribulation to teach us a lesson. I was a firm believer in this theory for a long time.

Regular readers of this blog are familiar with my battle with fear and anxiety. Early in my struggles, I felt as if God was using fear to draw me closer to Him. The truth is, this concept is simply not Godly. Disease is straight from the enemy – and our God doesn’t need Satan to reach us.

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full – John 10:10.”

The enemy will remind you of symptoms you have, things you’ve done, what you went through, etc. Doubt and deceit are two of the biggest weapons he will attempt to use against you.  I recall asking God what He was trying to tell me, while the answers to all my questions were in front of me the entire time – the Bible.

God doesn’t need to use fear, disease, hurt, etc. to get our attention. His Word covers everything. The more you grow in His promises (Word), the stronger your relationship with Him will be, allowing you clear insight into how He truly operates.

While my daily struggles with fear and anxiety are gone, moments still arise. However, through His Word, my trembles have turned into smiles. Whatever you’re facing today, I urge you to speak words of faith over it – and do so with conviction! I use to tell Satan to flee – only I did so with doubt in my heart. The fear would reappear almost instantly. My faith was not pure. My prayers would consist of me asking God to “please heal me,” as if I was begging.  Today, when moments of anxiety come, I command it to leave my mind in the name of Jesus.

As a born again follower of Christ, you have authority over the enemy. One thing that really helped me in my battle was reviewing scriptures related to fear and anxiety. I would (and still do) meditate on them.  When you begin to understand the authority you have in Christ, your prayer life will transform.

Claim your rights as a child of God. When sickness and disease arise, don’t question God why this is happening. Instead, declare healing to yourself – and do so with authority! Believe you are healed.

“But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed – Isiah 53:5.”

Declare the Word of God over your life and watch the transformation!