God bless you.
Yeah, I had a fight with doubt the other day. It kept messing with me. So I had to
cuss it out and kick its butt.
Every now and then, every child of God has to fight the good fight of faith and fight
against the principalities of evil. And one of their chief imps is doubt.
As children of God, we are ordained and anointed to walk by faith and not by sight.
Sometimes, sight gets in the way of our blessings. Sometimes, sight leads to fright, which
triggers flight. Sometimes, we freak out over what we see. And when we stop believing
God and start doubting because of what we see or what some naysayer said, it puts us in
hot water with the Lord. And believe me, you don't want to be in hot water with the Lord.
If you don't believe me, then ask Nimrod, ask Pharoah, ask Belshazzar, ask
Nebuchadnezzar or Jezebel or Ahab or Zimri.
Without faith, it is IMPOSSIBLE, read my writing, IMPOSSIBLE!!! to please God.
For he that cometh to God must believe that He is. Yes, first and foremost, before you
get to the unequivocal litany of facts like He IS a doctor in a sick room, He IS a lawyer in
a court room, He IS a bridge over troubled water, He IS a rock in a weary land, He IS a
shelter in the time of storm, etc. Just believe that HE IS.
Yes, God IS. He just IS. For no particular reason. He IS.
God IS. And within the ISNESS of almighty God lies the totality of reality. Thank
you sweet Jesus, rock of my salvation and savior of my soul!
When God called Moses for a job interview on top of Mt. Sinai, the other day, told
him to take off his shoes and socks because the ground he was standing on and the
God he was standing before were too holy for him to be shodded, then spoke to him
through a burning bush and hired him to become the great emancipation instrument for
Israel's exodus out of Egyptian bondage, Moses asked for God's credentials.
Moses felt that once he'd stand before great, big, ol', mean Pharoah and tell him,
"God said to let my people go," that Pharoah would want to know who God was.
So Moses asked God, "Whom shall I say sent me when Pharoah asks me who
Well, if you read the same bible I read, you will see where God said in Exodus 3:14,
"Tell him that I am sent you."
And just in case we still want to know who "I am" is, God simply broke it down even
more by saying, "I am that I am."
Yes, God Is. We must believe that He is. And once believing that He is, we can
take it just a little bit further. Among the many, many things that He is, He first and
foremost is a rewarder of them that dilligently seek Him.
That's why, brothers and sisters (and by now it should be apparent to you that
Rev. Lacy J. Banks has sneaked up on you preaching), we are compelled to tell every
sinner man, woman, boy and girl, "Seek ye that Lord, while He may be found. Call ye
upon Him while He is near. Let the wicked forsake his way and the ungodly man his
thoughts and turn unto the Lord. For He will (if we dare repent and ask for mercy)
So I had a fight with doubt, that dastardly chump of a tramp. He dared to invade
my mind with sayings like, "What's taking you so long to die, Banks?" and "If God ain't
healed you by now, don't you know that he ain't goin' to heal you?" and "Man, don't you
feel like a fool praying and praying and blogging and blogging and waiting and waiting
and you still sick and in pain?" and "Aren't you afraid that by going public with your blog
that you are going to end up looking like a fool when God doesn't heal you soon?"
Yeah, these are some of the thoughts that doubt sent knocking on the door of my
sub-conscience. Yeah, there was doubt up to its old tricks again, trying to conquer my
soul, trying to steal my joy, trying to strangle my hope and trying to get me to give in,
give out and give up.
But I knew who doubt was imping for. He was simply serving as an evil emissary
for the devil. So I went ghetto on him. And anybody who knows ghetto anger, knows that
ghetto anger can get mighty fierce because of the mess we have to fight against to stay
alive can be pretty strong. So we fight strength with strength, flesh with flesh and spirit
God wants us to be well, but the devil wants us to be sick.
God wants us to live. That's why He sent and gave Jesus to die that we might live.
But the Devil wants us dead.
God wants us to be happy. The devil wants us to be sad.
Doubt tried to corner Christ Jesus in the wilderness after He had prayed and fasted
for 40 days and 40 nights. Doubt tried to get Jesus to serve Satan and perform tricks and
miracles at Satan's behest.
But each time, Satan tried to slug Jesus, Jesus blocked Satan's punches, bobbed
and weaved and then counter-punched Satan punch-drunk with the Word of God. Then
when Satan started really getting on Jesus' nerves and Jesus got sick and tired of the
devil's mess, Jesus told Satan, "Get behind me." In other words, Jesus told Satan in
modern street lingo, "Man, you'd betta get the heck out of my face! I ain't playin' witchu
now! You betta leave me 'lone 'fo' I hurt you!"
Satan was cruising for a bruising and Jesus bruised him up real good.
And so it is that I also had to tell doubt to get out of my face and leave me alone. I
had to hit Satan and his doubt upside their heads and punch them out with the word of
God. It is the same with you, my sisters and brothers of the Kingdom of God. Sometimes,
we have to stop being so nice to Satan. Sometimes, we not only have to put out feet
down, but take one foot and kick Satan in his butt. For we are winners and not whinners.
For we are more than conquerers. Thank you, Jesus! I said, and hear me real good, we
are more than conquerers through Christ Jesus. And we ought to act more like it more
As redeemed children of God, we don't have to take any of the devil's mess any
more. As redeemed children of the most high Lord God Jehovah, we don't have take any
lip from Lucifer, any more. Naw, baby, we are more than conquerers through Christ Jesus.
We are a chosen generation and a royal priesthood and a holy nation. And we can do all
things through Christ, who strengthens us. So thanks be to God, who giveth us the victory
through Jesus Christ our Lord. For greater is He that is within you and me than he that is
within the world.
So I had to tell the devil to get behind me. I had to put my hands on my hips and
lash Lucifer with my lips and let him know in no uncertain terms that I join Job in
vowing, "I believe I'll wait until my change comes......For I know that my redeemer liveth.....
and though He slay me yet will I trust Him"
Yeah, I had to give doubt a piece of my mind which I got from Christ Jesus in the
first place because I let the mind that is in Jesus be in me. I'm talking about Jesus Christ,
the author and the finisher of the very faith I need to please God and the very faith that I
need to wield power over the devil.
Too many of us let the devil get away with too much in our lives. Too many of us let
the devil punk us around and whimp us out. Too many of us allow ourselves to be
intimidated, manipulated, humiliated and annihilated by the devil and his demons. And
here we are packing power to defeat the devil and keep him at bay. Here we have at our
disposal the instant heavenly deployment of angels, who have charge over us to
deliver us from evil. But oh what peace we often forfeit and oh what needless pains we
bear? All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.
So I had to tell the devil to shut up and get somewhere and sat his butt down, and
to stop messing with me before I hurt him. Yes, you and I have the power to hurt hell
with the word of God. But we must believe the word, speak the word and do the word.
I know the Lord is going to heal me one way or another, somehow or other, sooner
or later. I know that He is healing me now. Though I sometimes will have some bad
days, my good days outnumber my bad days. My pluses outnumber my minuses. My
victories are overwhelming my defeats.
So no matter how long it takes, I am going to wait upon the Lord and be of good
courage and He is already strengthening my heart. I'm going to wait upon the Lord. For
they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength. They shall mount up on wings
of eagles, they shall run and not be weary and they shall walk and not faint.
So wait on Him! Wait on the Lord with me, please! Wait, I say, upon the Lord!
God bless you.