Overcome evil. Use the authority that God has given you to fight evil and be victorious over it whenever you sense evil trying to discourage you in any part of your life. Pray specifically about each challenge or temptation, declaring that Jesus is the source of your protection, power, and authority over all evil.

Expect God to answer your prayers. When you pray, do so with the faith that God will answer your prayers according to what’s best. Declare God’s greatness, recall God’s past faithfulness, confidently ask God to help you with what you need now, acknowledge that you’re powerless apart from God’s help, and then rest assured that God will answer your prayers at the right time and in the right ways as you continue to trust Him each day.

Choose faith instead of fear. It’s natural to feel fear, but whenever you’re afraid, you can choose to respond with faith rather than focusing on the fear you feel. Every time you catch yourself feeling afraid of something, you pray about it, asking God to intervene in the situation and to give you peace about it. Control your thoughts by shifting your focus away from what makes you feel afraid and toward the biblical truths that remind you of God’s promises.

Never give up on God. Keep renewing your faith in God as you move forward, especially when your faith is tested (such as during crises and periods of waiting). Refuse to quit trusting in God, no matter what circumstances may come into your life. Remind yourself of who God is and experience His love for you in fresh ways every day by spending time with Him in prayer. Pass God’s love along to other people by serving them as He leads you, expecting Him to bless both them and you in the process. Keep taking the risks that you sense God calling you to take, believing that they will lead you deeper into the abundant life that God has planned for you. The more you remain focused on God, the more you’ll thrive in life.

Adapted from Thriving: Trusting God for Life to the Fullest, copyright 2013 by Nancy Grisham. Published by Baker Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group, Grand Rapids, Mich., http://bakerpublishinggroup.com/bakerbooks.

Nancy Grisham (MA, Wheaton College; PhD, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School) launched the speaking ministry Livin' Ignited in 2004. She has been a frequent teacher at Willow Creek Community Church's midweek classes and is a former faculty member at Wheaton College. She lives in the Denver, Colorado, area. Find out more at www.livinignited.org.

Whitney Hopler is a freelance writer and editor who has served as a Crosswalk.com contributing writer for many years. Visit her website at: whitneyhopler.naiwe.com.

Publication date: May 6, 2013