No doubt about it, life is hard.
In fact, there are times when we’re facing off with difficulties so massive that we fee like we’re being crushed under the weight of them.
And they rarely seem to come alone.
Sometimes we’re so tired of dragging ourselves back to our war room….again, that we just want to lay down our sword and walk away.
My dad calls them “waves of adversity”.
This immediately gives me a mental image. I grew up on the Puget Sound in Olympia, WA for 10 years, and only a couple of hours away from the Pacific Coast in Oregon after becoming a Sr. in high school.
I love the Ocean.
I now live only a couple of hours from the Mediterranean Sea and some of the most beautiful coastlines in the world.
So “waves” are something in my blood.
Have you ever felt like adversity is hitting you in waves? They come crashing in, and before they have time to recede another wave of adversity hits, and on and on it goes like that?
I’ve felt something like that lately.
For a decade it was my health: starting off a horrible fatigue, then miscarriages, then depression.
There were seasons where it seemed to start to recede then it would hit again…and get progressively worse.
And bring other kinds of adversity along with it.
There have been times on the battlefield where I honestly just wanted to pick up my toys and go home. I couldn’t “war room” one more time!
I’m done with this.
I can’t do this any longer.
I am exhausted. Discouraged. Disillusioned. Angry, even.
But a soldier can’t do that.
A soldier must not live at the mercy of his emotions. A soldier is a soldier despite his emotions and must – at all cost – keep victory in sight.
Battles don’t last forever.
Because there’s a reason why the enemy is fighting so hard.
There is always a price to pay for victory. It doesn’t come cheap…and the greater the victory the bloodier the battle.
5 Powerful War Room Verses on Faith For When Life Is Hard
There is nothing more faith-building than God’s Word.
Here are 5 verses that I have found so powerful in building my faith and instructing my heart when life is hard.
1. Mark 11:23-24
“For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”
2. John 14:12-14
“Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.”
3. 2 Corinthians 5:1-9
“For we know that if our earthly house, this tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For in this we groan, earnestly desiring to be clothed with our habitation which is from heaven, if indeed, having been clothed, we shall not be found naked. For we who are in this tent groan, being burdened, not because we want to be unclothed, but further clothed, that mortality may be swallowed up by life. Now He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who also has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. So we are always confident, knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord. For we walk by faith, not by sight. We are confident, yes, well pleased rather to be absent from the body and to be present with the Lord. Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.”
4. Joshua 1:8-9
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”
5. Philippians 4:11-13
“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
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- Rosilind, a Pacific Northwest native, is a missionary living in Croatia and married to her hero. Together they live in the country with their 2 active boys where she enjoys fruity candles and a hot cup of herbal tea on a blustery fall evening. She holds an Associates of Practical Theology and is passionate about discipling and encouraging women. Her passion for writing led her to author a number of books. She is the author of A Little R & R where she encourages women to find contentment in what God created them to be. She can also be found at these other places on a regular basis. You can follow her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Google +.