The Enemy has a strategy. He wants to wear you down gradually. He just grinds away at you, day after day, leaving you frustrated and annoyed. So you start speaking out of your doubt, instead of out of your faith. You start whining and complaining, and in the end, you postpone your victory.

It’s easy to become negative when you’re feeling pressured by the Enemy — when you’re under the crucible of crisis. We start talking to ourselves and giving voice to how we feel. But Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” We need to quit talking ourselves into defeat, poverty and sickness. God wants us to experience victory, blessing and healing.

When you get a bad report, don’t go around talking death and defeat. Pull out the Word of God and speak life into your situation. Other than that, be quiet! There’s a victory in progress! Make this confession over your life:

He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High
Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress;
My God, in Him I will trust.”

Surely He shall deliver you from the snare of the fowler
And from the perilous pestilence.
He shall cover you with His feathers,
And under His wings you shall take refuge;
His truth shall be your shield and buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror by night,
Nor of the arrow that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness,
Nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.

A thousand may fall at your side,
And ten thousand at your right hand;
But it shall not come near you.
Only with your eyes shall you look,
And see the reward of the wicked.

Because you have made the Lord, who is my refuge,
Even the Most High, your dwelling place,
No evil shall befall you,
Nor shall any plague come near your dwelling;
For He shall give His angels charge over you,
To keep you in all your ways.
In their hands they shall bear you up,
Lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and the cobra,
The young lion and the serpent you shall trample underfoot.

“Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him;
I will set him on high, because he has known My name.
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him;
I will be with him in trouble;
I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life I will satisfy him,
And show him My salvation.”

—Psalm 91