Have you ever been in a place where you didn’t know how you would survive? The facts weren’t appealing. The odds were not looking good for you. The job you had, that wasn’t paying, was gone. That friend you could always count on had left. That faith you had worked for years to build seemed to be slowly fading away.
Does that sound like you? If not, you’re blessed, but be prepared. Wilderness always comes. For the Israelites, they had been slaves for years. They held on to hope that they could get out, but once freedom was there, they forgot how desperate they had been. I don’t know about you, but I’ve also been there a time or two. Being free of that thing that held you captive is always liberating, but it can sometimes cause us to release the desperate need for God we had when we were in the middle of captivity.
The Israelites were originally taken through the wilderness, not as a shortcut to the prosperity, but as a way less likely to come in contact with prominent adversaries. I find that funny though, God has a way of getting us to see ourselves, and tries to make us our best self before we reap the full harvest of the blessings that going through the last season has to offer. The wilderness was a path to travel to the destination without the distraction of the potential of war against physical adversaries. The Israelites wandered however, due to the mental adversary they allowed to overtake them.
So here we are, you’ve been in a situation for days, months, years, and you’re praying, believing, fasting, worshipping, waiting patiently on God to bring the deliverance you desperately want to experience, knowing it will give you a praise like none other. You’ve even practiced and thought about how your shout will look when that day comes, when the news is delivered. The deliverance part is the easiest, because that’s all God. It’s what’s between the deliverance and the destiny that can trip you up.
What’s in the wilderness? Nothing. Which is the point. There is nothing appealing in the wilderness, nothing to look at and admire. Nothing but you, your mind, and SOMETIMES God. I say sometimes not because God isn’t with you, but because in the wilderness your view can become distorted and you can’t see God, feel God, or even hear God. The wilderness consists of nothing but you, and your thoughts, and those little cracks that gives the enemy just enough wiggle room to sneak in. The wilderness is where you see those last minute flaws that need to be taken care of before you get to this next level of destiny. It’s always uncomfortable. More uncomfortable that the very season you were just delivered from.
How do you maintain sanity and sanctity in the wilderness?:
Prayer: Be in constant conversation with God. Whether you hear Him or not. Whether you feel Him or not. Don’t close the door to the avenue that God uses to get information to you. Be open, honest, and 100% real with the Lord Almighty. Because He’s just that. Almighty. He can handle your frustrations, your doubts, your cries, better than anybody else. Be strategic in it though. Don’t just babble and complain, pray in a way that let’s God, and Satan know, that you’re sticking it out. You may not feel like a winner, but you’re not giving up. You may not feel like you have anything to lose or gain, but you’re going to keep going. Ensure that during the time that you are the weakest, you don’t allow the enemy the opportunity to take what you’ve put in the work to receive. Stephen and Alex Kendrick have a book entitled “The Battle Plan for Prayer”. It’s a great book to help you become more strategic in your prayer life to fight off the enemy, and call Heaven forth on your behalf.
Understand the Battlefield: Now that you have a strategic plan in your prayer life, you have the understand where this plan will be most effective. The battlefield in which you are fighting this battle is not going to be in your home, on your job, at the school, or church. It will be in your mind. The doubt, confusion, anger, jealousy, all will take place in the secret dwellings of your own mind. Know what the Word says about you, and lean and depend on the written Word of God, and the whispers you’ve heard from God all along about the plan He has for you and the place He is taking you to. Joyce Meyer’s book “Battlefield of the Mind” provides insight on the mind and it’s importance in this battle.
Believe in Your Own Power: You’ve made it this far! You know and trust God, you believe you are His child, and you know God has given you authority to call things as though they were, and speak to your own mountains. Trust that the same power you used in faith and prayer before the deliverance has not left you before you reached the destination of destiny. You have more power than the enemy, you just have to be self-controlled and disciplined long enough to acknowledge the tricks of the enemy and defeat them before they have the opportunity to manifest against you. John Osteen’s book “Power Over the Enemy” goes over Jesus’s wilderness experience and how He dealt with it, the ability to acknowledge the tricks of the enemy, as well as living Victoriously! This is another great tool to help you during those wilderness moments!
You can make it through the wilderness! Don’t allow the enemy, or yourself to keep you there for years. You have a Destination of Destiny to get to.