Every illustration of faith throughout the Bible reveals that faith is the belief in God’s Word and character despite circumstances or situations. To put it another way: faith is believing God when things look, sound or feel the opposite of what He says.
The Spirit of the Lord would say to you this day, “In this world you will have tribulation, you will pass through difficult times, but I say to you, “I created you to win, to be victorious in every situation. I have equipped you with resurrection power, and that same Spirit that raised Me from the dead lives and resides within your very being. And I gave to you this same Spirit so that you could overcome the wiles of the enemy, that serpent of old. You be bold in who I created you to be—a conqueror, an overcomer, and victorious.”
When we are serving and sharing Christ, the Enemy will be carefully planning his next and most effective attack on our lives. He does not sit idly, hoping that we will fall into temptation by chance. He calculates the conditions of the battle. He carefully works out the timing of his ambush. To help us prepare our hearts, the Bible outlines for us five of Satan’s opportune times for attack.
Eight years ago, my wife Sharon and I were at a crossroads. We were leading a church in the suburbs of Los Angeles and running a House of Prayer steps away from the old historic Azusa Street Mission. We had seen the Lord move in some significant ways as we prayed for another outpouring in the city that we called home. At the end of 2010, our spiritual mom, Cindy Jacobs, gave us a word that it was time for us to step into the heart of LA (which we knew was Hollywood).