by Debbie Altman

My love for the Lord is deeply rooted and I am ever in a grateful, humble place of recognizing His great mercy and blessing in my life.  But, I have to admit that for some time now, I have felt that my spiritual life was good and steady, but perhaps lacking in some passion, lacking in some hope. I have been a little low-key, a little complacent, a little dry; like those places in your marriage where you know you love your husband and will never leave them, but you are just experiencing a little “flatness” at the moment!   While I would like to say that I am always God’s woman of “faith and power,” I’ve had some situations over the last months that have been a struggle, and kept me a little discouraged.  And I must confess that in my spirit, I might have fit the fabulous cliché…”Debbie Downer!”  But with the new year came some added new battles, and…Wow!  I finally got panicked enough, mad enough, fired up enough to get aggressive with the enemy of my soul.  I have been looking up Bible verses that speak to my situations, writing them out and speaking them over my life.  I am ignited again about the power of God’s Word!  Duh right?

God’s Word … is alive and powerful, and sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword!(Hebrews 4:13.)  Also read Psalms 119 about the all- encompassing benefits of God’s Words.  Here are a few verses:

I lie in the dust; revive me by Your Word.  vs25

You are my refuge and my shield; Your Word is my source of hope. vs114

The very essence of Your Word is truth.  vs160

I rejoice in Your Word like one who finds a great treasure.  vs162

God’s Word speaks life to us, and to our situations.  And even if we haven’t received the promise of His Word YET, it transforms our attitude and faith about our situation!  Here are just a few of God’s life-giving promises…

God is able through His mighty power at work within us, to do exceedingly abundantly more than we might ask, think or imagine.   Eph 3:20

Understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe Him….the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead….  Eph 1:19-20

I will never fail you.  I will never abandon you.  Hebrews 13:5-7

I will go before you and fight your battles.  Deut 1:30

No weapon formed against you will prosper.  Isaiah 54:17

Submit yourselves to God, resist the devil and he will flee.  James 4:7

He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6

I will be the voice behind you, guiding you in the way you should go.  Is 30:21

I will not let you fall, for I am watching over you day and night.  Ps 121:3

I will give you peace, at all times and in every situation.  2 Thes 3:16

He sent out His Word and healed them.  Ps 107:20

My God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory…  Phil 4:8

There is no one like God…who rides across the heavens to help you.  Deut 33:26

The Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be above and not beneath.  Deut 28:13

Are you excited yet? I could write a hundred more.  Dive back into God’s Word; find out what it says and pray His Word…His promises…over your situations.  Write them out where you can read them and speak them as often as you can.  Don’t be a Debbie Downer!  Get out from underneath and fight back with God’s powerful Words.  I will stand with you…will you stand with me?

Debbie is the wife of Pastor Craig Altman, and together, they founded Grace Family Church 18 years ago.  She is a former RN and mother of a 27 year old married daughter and 26 year old son.  She is also known as “Nona” to her precious granddaughter. Debbie enjoys family, reading, the beach, and is inappropriately competitive at board games. 

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