“How to Use Your Difficult Times to Your Advantage” – Doug Addison THE ELIJAH LIST

March 23, 2017

“How to Use Your Difficult Times to Your Advantage”by Doug Addison, Los Angeles, CA

From the Desk of Steve Shultz:

Steve ShultzIf you have ever thought that God is out to “punish you” let this word by Doug Addison put that lie to rest! That answer is NO He is NOT out to Punish You!
We are in a time of God dealing with issues that He brings to the surface…that goes for all of us!
Doug Addison shares this powerful truth: It is important to understand that God does not bring sickness or difficult times upon us. You are not being punished by God if you are suffering. These things come from the enemy because God is pure love (see 1 John 4:8).
Let that truth sink in once and for all!
Be blessed as you read through this and allow the Lord to bring healing in any areas He reveals. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)
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“How to Use Your Difficult Times to Your Advantage”by Doug Addison, Los Angeles, CA

After interacting with literally tens of thousands of people through coaching and doing prophetic outreaches, I have noticed an interesting pattern:
Satan attacks you in the area of your strength and future calling.

You will see this in the lives of people in the Bible. David was called and anointed by the Prophet Samuel to be the next King of Israel, but no one recognized his authority. And even after he took down Goliath, he went through a difficult time of running from King Saul who tried to kill him for years (1 Samuel 21-31).
God used David’s time of running and testing to bring him into a place of maturity spiritually and emotionally. God will use difficult times in our lives to reveal and heal our weaknesses so we can help others who are suffering.
“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. James 1:2-4 NIV
It is important to understand that God does not bring sickness or difficult times upon us. You are not being punished by God if you are suffering. These things come from the enemy because God is pure love (see 1 John 4:8).
Where Do Bad Things Come From?

Jesus tells a parable about the Kingdom of Heaven being like a field in which good seeds were planted. After they began to grow, it became obvious that there were weeds growing in the field as well (see Matthew 13:24-28).
“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? 
Where then did the weeds come from?’ ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.'” Matthew 13:27-28 NIV
God Wants to Bless You

“Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.” 3 John 2 NLT
It is God’s will for you to be healthy, whole and blessed. But sin, stress and overloaded lifestyles with little margin for rest can weaken our bodies, emotions and relationships. God will use the attacks of the enemy to strengthen you and bring you into spiritual maturity.

We will need to fix any skewed views of God and understand who God really is! It will require you to break through unbelief and move from understanding just the facts of the Bible to a place of living it out daily. We can learn to live our lives each day in God’s presence by walking in the Spirit (see Galatians 5:16).
God is Revealing Your Destiny

Remember that God will use the attacks and difficult times to refine us. Satan attacks us in the areas of our future victories. If you are being attacked in your body, emotions, relationships or finances, then I have good news for you. Why would satan work so hard against you unless you pose a threat to darkness?

As you get through these difficult times you gain authority in the spirit and God will use your suffering to bring repayment and blessings.

For a number of years, I have been going through terrible afflictions against my body, emotions and finances. I have nearly died more than once. God is bringing healing to all these areas of my life. In the past few months I have gotten healed of Lyme disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (that had me isolated), anxiety and panic attacks to name a few.
In the midst of this I have learned a lot about healing, restoration and God’s love and grace. This is the time that God wants to heal and restore our bodies, emotions and relationships. This is to position us for a coming revival that will require us to have strength and greater authority over the enemy. This is the season to move forward into your life calling like never before. (To Subscribe to the Elijah List go here.)
Doug Addison
InLight Connection
Doug Addison is a prophetic speaker, author and coach. He is known for his Daily Prophetic WordsSpirit Connection webcast, podcast and blog. Doug’s message of love, hope and having fun reaches people around the world! His powerful, positively funny teaching style and coaching helps open people to discover their destiny and experience God’s supernatural love and power. He and his wife Linda live in Los Angeles, California where he is impacting the arts, entertainment and media industries.

Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I (45 years in October 2022!), through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid, and social media support, along with Steve's messages, and our Ahava Adventures trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 34 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area. We have four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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