The Believer’s Rite of Passage

“My fellow believers, when it seems as though you are facing nothing but difficulties see it as an invaluable opportunity to experience the greatest joy that you can!  For you know that when your faith is tested it stirs up power within you to endure all things.  And then as your endurance grows even stronger it will release perfection  into every part of your being until there is nothing missing and nothing lacking.” (James 1:2-4)

“And if anyone longs to be wise, ask God for wisdom and He will give it!  He won’t see your lack of wisdom as an opportunity to scold you over your failures, but He will overwhelm your failures with His generous grace.  Just make sure you ask empower by confident faith without doubting that you will receive.  For the ambivalent person believes one minute and doubts the next.  Being undecided makes you become like the rough seas driven and tossed by the wind.  You’re up one minute and tossed down the next.  When you are half-hearted and wavering it leaves you unstable.  Can you really expect to receive anything from the Lord when you’re in that condition?” (James 1:5-8)

“The believer who is poor still has reasons to boast, for he has been placed on high.  But those who are rich should boast in how God has brought them low and humbled them, for all their earthly glory will one day fade away like a wildflower in the meadow.” (James 1:9-11).

“If your faith remains strong, even while surrounded by life’s difficulties you will continue to experience the untold blessings of God!  True happiness comes as you PASS THE TEST with faith, and receive the victorious crown of the life promised to every lover of God.!” (James 1:12)

“When you are tempted don’t ever say, “God is tempting me,” for God is incapable of being tempted by evil and He is NEVER the source of temptation.  Instead, it is each person’s own desires and thoughts that drag them into evil and lure them away into darkness.  Evil desires give birth to evil actions.  And when sin is fully mature it can murder you!  So my friend, don’t be fooled by your own desires!” (James 1:13-16)

“Every gift God freely gives us good and perfect, streaming down from the Father of lights, who shines from the heavens with no hidden shadow or darkness and is never subject to change.  God was delighted to give us birth by the TRUTH of His infallible Word so that we would fulfill His chosen destiny for us and become the favorite ones out of all His creation!” (James 1:17-18)


This teaching is a result of a deep pondering I’ve been in over the last few days.  There are people in my life, who I love very much, that are going through things that are tough.  The waves seem to be a hundred feet high.  Of course, I am standing with them and praying for them to come out strong on the other side.  This brought me to ponder on my own life and where I’ve come from and where I am now.  I began to see that we all have to go through seasons of testing and trials.  It’s part of our maturity in Christ.  We have to establish dominion in our realm of influence (our world) in order to fulfill our destiny in God.  And Satan is determined to stop us from doing this.

The Bible says that the Accuser of the brethren is up in the Court of Heaven day and night, accusing the saints of God; even demanding to be allowed to sift us.  He did it to Job, he did it to Peter and he has done it to everyone who is seeking the fullness of God in their lives.  Nominal Christians, aren’t really bothered too much because they aren’t pushing into the intimate relationship with God that much.  They are content to live on the surface.  However, those who dare to go deeper will find their lives turned upside down in many cases.

It is a season of testing.  Satan is challenging our faith.  His ultimate goal is to drive us back to mediocrity or to turn away from God completely and go back into his realm.  Into the realm of UNBELIEF.  And here is the key.  Unbelief is the absence of faith and we cannot receive anything from the Kingdom realm in a state of unbelief.  This gives Satan full freedom to destroy and shipwreck our faith.  We must stand against it.  We MUST BELIEVE GOD!

I met Jesus when I was just nine years old and I fell in love with Him, but after a season of protection and grace; when I was growing in the things of God, I was tempted and I fell into that temptation as a teenager and went into the world for a decade.  My whole life was a roller coaster of faithfulness and faithlessness.  I have to admit that my life was pretty defeated.  I was chewed up and spit out by the enemy because of my lack of understanding and knowledge of God on a deeper level.  It wasn’t until a few years ago when I began to really pursue the intimate relationship that I came to understand who I really am in Christ.

The more I got to know Him in this pursuit, the less Satan was able to overrun me.  Oh, he came at me hard when I started this journey.  I spent at least two years in a fierce battle for my identity in Christ.  The pressure was intense because I didn’t really know my authority, my created value or my identity.  But when I began to see that, his ability to push me down began to lessen.  Today, I have established dominion in my realm of influence (my world) and I can honestly say that I do not feel the same pressure from the enemy as before.  Does he still try?  Sure he does, but I know who I am and I know in Whom I believe.  I have learned to apply James chapter one to my life.  I have learned to stand in my authority and not look at the wind or the waves when they do come.  Am I perfect?  No.  Sometimes I get frustrated, but I am quick to repent for any unbelief that tries to creep in and I quickly get back into my position of faith.

I believe that every believer who chooses to pursue a deeper walk with the Lord will come into this rite of passage.  It is HOW we respond to these challenges that determine the severity of future challenges.  The closer the relationship with Jesus, the more fortified your realm of influence is and less ability and opportunity Satan has to move against you, once you win the battle.

How can we win this fierce battle?  1) Don’t give up!  Like Jesus set His face like a flint to go to Jerusalem to die for us, set your face to overcome and establish dominion in your world.  2) Press into God even more!  The greater the pressure, the deeper you press into God.  Spend more time in praying in the Spirit and in worship. 3) Incorporate fasting into your life.  Jesus said, “this kind doesn’t come out but by prayer and fasting.”  Fasting builds confidence and belief in God to a higher level.  The stronger your belief, the less ability Satan has to wreck you. 4) Be thankful!  Your prayers should be full of thanksgiving to God for victory.  Camp out in Colossians to decree those powerful words over your life. 5) Become Immoveable.  Think of an oak tree.  The taproot of an oak tree goes very deep.  It provides a solid anchor for the tree when the hurricane force winds blow over it.  Jesus is our taproot.  We have to be grounded in Him so that when the winds do blow, we won’t be uprooted and destroyed.  This is done in a steady, faithful and diligent pursuit of Him in the intimate relationship.  It can be done nowhere else and nobody can do it for you.  This is your walk with God.

If you are a believer and your life has suddenly begun to swerve out of control, it could be your rite of passage has begun.  When we first meet Jesus and He has set us free and delivered us, we are so on fire for Him!  We are determined to set the world on fire for the Kingdom of God and we delight in victory after victory.  Grace abounds to us.  But there comes a day when we will be tried by the devil.  Just like Job and just like Peter.  Satan wants to see what we are made of, so he demands to sift us.  This is the rite of passage.  This is the biggest war we will fight in our Christian walk.  It is a battle we must win.  How does Satan get in though?  Our WORDS.  Our everyday words are indicators of what we are thinking and what is in our heart.  He can read us through our words.

For example, Satan has attacked my finances for years, and for years, I would have my “official” confession of faith statements, but in my heart, I was angry that God wasn’t taking care of the devil for me.  I had a silent accusation against God that came out in my decisions and words.  Instead of trusting God to deliver me, I got seven credit cards to pay my bills, which has brought disaster to my finances.  But today, I have set my face like a flint, I am thankful, I am in the immovable position, I am pressing in deeper and deeper.  I still have to deal with the circumstances of my bad choices, BUT God is providing for all my needs.  He is bringing me out!

I encourage you today to take stock of your circumstances and if you have entered this season of testing, press in deeper to God.  Increase your belief!  Don’t let the enemy rob you of spiritual strength by what he is doing in your natural world.  This is a war you have to win or you won’t be able to fulfill your destiny to the fullest extent God has for you.  You have a great cloud of witnesses who are cheering you on!  Read James 1 over and over to be encouraged to press on.  In the end, WE WILL WIN IF WE DON’T GIVE UP!

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3 Responses to The Believer’s Rite of Passage

  1. Micki, this is such a good reminder who we are wrestling with when troubles come. This article has my name all over it and I am so thankful for your words of encouragement that keep me focused on Him. Sometimes u have to step back and see the tactics the enemy is plotting against you. But when he is exposed if he can’t get to your mind then you experience one of those suddenlies when he attacks your body. I just experienced a bad fall in the middle of the night that could have been much worse. But I see the enemy try to come into my camp and I DECLARE he will not win. I have overcome by the Blood of the Lamb and the WORD of my Testimony which says HE IS LORD…
    Thank you for keeping me focused.

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    • Micki Todd says:

      Yes, thank the Lord sister that the fall wasn’t worse! Last night I got word from my online company that the project I was on is over for me, but my first response was “wow, this door is closing so I wonder what God has prepared for me?” This morning He was downloading some ideas to me, so I am praising God for HIs faithfulness!

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  2. Micki Todd says:

    Reblogged this on Stones of Fire Ministries.

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