from krystal curle, leadership school student
Have you ever fought a battle with something in your life and when you conquered it - the first time - you felt victorious? Then that same battle arose again and again. After fighting the same battle multiple times, you found yourself feeling discouraged? I have experienced this many times on many different fronts. One particular time, I spent months of dealing with a repetitive constant battle of worry and anxiety over a particular situation. Eventually, the situation left me defeated, discouraged and drained. It had used up my time, energy and resources. At a place of desperation, I cried out to the Lord, “Where is the victorious life I’m supposed to be living? This is just exhausting. Why can’t I conquer this, Lord?”
He revealed that fighting worry and anxiety was simply fighting the symptom or fruit. It was not fighting the root. If I wanted the battle to end I needed to discover and go after the root. My faithful Father revealed that my worry was a symptom that was rooted in fear. Fear of not being in control, fear of the outcome, fear of unknown – fear.
With the Lord’s guidance and help, I went after this root of fear in my life. I was expecting a long, drawn out battle, but instead it was quick and decisive. Once that fear was conquered, my worry was gone. The root had been dealt with. The enemy likes to keep us distracted, fighting the symptom or fruit of an issue. He doesn’t want us to discover the root.
Have you experienced a similar cycle in an area of your life? The battling and conquering of something, only to have it rise again and again? Is it possible that you have been distracted with fighting the fruit. There is a question we can ask the Lord that the enemy does not want you to ask - what is the root? When we defeat and destroy the root we will see fruit shrivel and die.
During this fast, don’t be afraid to tackle the root. After all - this is why we fast! Use this time of consecration to address the real issue with God and gain freedom.