BREAKING THE CYCLE OF DEFEAT
Today, I want to give you seven simple keys that will help you break out of the cycle of defeat in your life — in your finances, your family relationships, your body, and in every area of your life — and begin to live in a cycle of victory: Breaking The Cycle Of Defeat
SEVEN KEYS TO BREAKING THE CYCLE OF DEFEAT
1. Replace stress with peace. When Satan attacks in your circumstances, instead of being filled with stress, set your mind on God and His faithfulness, and allow Christ’s peace to guard your heart and mind:
You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind (both its inclination and its character) stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You and hopes confidently in You. (Isaiah 26:3, TAB)
2. Rejoice. James said to count it all joy when you encounter trials and temptations (James 1:2). Peter said:
Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ’s sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy. (1 Peter 4:12-13)
Regardless of whether or not you feel like praising God, offer up sacrifices of praise — not for the circumstances Satan has brought into your life, but because you know He is with you and using your circumstances for your good.
3. Take your eyes off your circumstances and fix them on Jesus and the Word.
Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us . Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. (Hebrews 12:1-3)
4. Resist Satan. God has provided victory in every circumstance you face, but it is not automatic. God would not have provided us with His armor to protect us and have given us powerful weapons to take authority over Satan if He had not planned for us to fight. God does not want you to sit back and allow Satan to run all over you. You must pick up your weapons and go to battle. The moment Satan attacks your mind with fear, worry, and doubt, cast it out in the Name of Jesus. Bind him from working in your circumstances.
5. Release Your Faith. In prayer, cast all your cares on Jesus, believe God’s covenant promises to you, and release your faith to God. As you do, act on what you believe as if it were already done. Believe that you have received the answer even before you see any evidence.
But let him ask in faith without doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways. (James 1:6-8, NAS)
6. Wait on the Lord. We are only defeated when we become weary and faint in our minds. The moment you feel that you are becoming weary — tired of resisting, tired of struggling, tired of casting out fear and doubt, tired of releasing your faith, tired of the circumstances — take time out to wait on the Lord in prayer. God is faithful, Who will strengthen and sustain you.
He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall; but they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk and not faint. (Isaiah 40:29-31)
7. Persevere. Regardless of how long you may have waited for deliverance in your circumstances, regardless of the pain or heartache you feel, persevere in the Spirit. Keep on pressing through in prayer. Keep on believing. Keep on releasing your faith and expecting God to deliver you.
Make this declaration:
I am releasing my faith in God for deliverance. I will wait on the Lord and persevere until He sets me free. Stress is being replaced in my life with peace as I take my eyes off of my circumstances, resist Satan, and rejoice in the Lord. Isaiah 40:28-31 Hebrews 12:1-3