Melissa — The initial hit you receive from the enemy might require you to go on the defense, but you never stay there. I will explain this in a tactical way. I took self-defense classes for a number of years. One of my instructors said, “We teach you to defend yourself one time. We will never teach you to stay in a defensive position. You must counter, control, and finish the fight.” Well, my goodness. What strategy! After you defend yourself one time from your enemy’s attack you then strike back with the weapons and skill God has given you. You can’t stay just in the defensive position. You propel forward because He already set up your counter measures and you are well armed, and able! What are your counter measures? Number one: Scripture. Number two: your Holy Spirit-breathed prophetic words. Other than that, whatever God has personally set up for you. Ask Him to show you and open your eyes to see! Don’t get bogged down in the fear of it. Look for His provision because it is already there. Isaiah 54:17 — “no weapon formed against you shall prosper” is not an afterthought. It is solid forethought!
(Kathy Gabler)–Trust is not refusing to think or just being purposely passive. It takes deliberate effort not to teeter-totter in the contrary winds of circumstances or emotions. In order to stay in the steadiness of trust, we must choose to ease down from uptight stress or climb up out of the mulligrubs of disappointment. If you picture a sure-footed stand on either side of that middle balance-point of a seesaw, you can see that standing strong and keeping your head straight (not leaning to our own understanding but trusting in the Lord with all our heart, Pro 3:5) involves a bend of the knee while you counter the ups and downs of life. The effort is outward, but the rest from threats and what-ifs is inward. So at the very least, stillness that comes from trusting God can bring us to physical healing just because it brings relief from stress. Trust is being still because you know He is God, and trust works in tandem with faith to experience God’s will being done. I believe we can see it in Heb 11:6, Anyone who wants to approach God must believe both that he exists and that he cares enough to respond to those who seek him. We believe He exists because we have faith in His word, and trust is our confidence that He can be approached and will respond. Sometimes I think our trust in God is shaken because we don’t see the results we thought faith promised. At those times, being still and refusing to be shaken may boil down to holding on to God more than what we thought He said or what we thought He meant. (Fifth excerpt from Kathy’s article “Trust Gives God Access” Vol.22Iss3)