It was this past Sunday morning; the day I look forward to, to refuel and regather my soul’s well-being. Out of all the days to wake up with a migraine, it would be Sunday. No, really; I mean, open my eyes and BAM!
The easy thing to do would have been to lay down back down, text my husband (who had already left for service) and tell him that I would not make it; but sometimes, you have to talk to yourself and tell yourself who is in control! In biblical terms, Jesus stated it as such:
Luke 10:19 (NKJV)
Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Ohh. Okay. You said you gave ME the power to trample on serpents, scorpions and over ALL the power of the enemy and NOTHING shall hurt me? Jesus, this head is hurting me. Since, you gave me the power, I may as well use it. “Migraine, I rebuke you in the name of Jesus. I am getting up out of this bed, getting myself dressed, getting these children clothed and fed and we are going to church.”
When I arrived to service, my head was hurting so bad, until I wondered if I had made the right decision. Then I took my mind off my situation, and I began to give God praise. I began to share how I was feeling and I rebuked my headache – got in the pulpit to welcome members, family, and friends to the church service. When I spoke how death could not hold Jesus down…honey – can I tell you that the pain left. That headache did not hold me down.
There is POWER in the name of Jesus!
What we see manifested in our lives is a product of what we say. If we really could grasp this concept, we would see a positive shift in our lives. Some negative things that have transpired, would not have had to, if we had spoken life and not death; victory, and not defeat.
God’s word also says that as a man thinketh in his heart, so is he. I need the word just as much as the next person and you must have that same mentality. I go to church to hear a word from the Lord, to equip and prepare me for what I may be faced with in the week to come. I go to church so I can get to the altar – the place where the Spirit flows, and where I can pour out my heart, without distractions, from a humble and pure place. Sure, I do this at home, but it is something about that altar.
I know sometimes your struggles may seem bigger than God; but the word of God is greater than your struggle. Your struggle is just like the enemy. He comes in AS a roaring lion, seeking to devour you. He is NOT a lion, but his bark is loud.
1 Peter 5:8 (NKJV)
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.
When I consider the affects of a migraine headache, it can be debilitating, making one nauseous, sensitive to light, short-tempered, and unwilling to be bothered by anyone. What struggles do you need to speak to that is behaving LIKE a roaring lion?
Life can be a struggle and leave us wondering where God is; but remember:
God > The Struggle
We must not allow our struggles to separate us from the love of Jesus.
Romans 8:35-39 (NKJV)
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.