Takeover Your Trigger

"Identify, Replace and Declare" -Jacob Ouellette

The enemy wants you to think that you’re powerless, but I’m here to tell you that you’re not powerless. No matter what you’re struggling with, you can have victory in it. It is my hope that you will not only have a better season, but a better life. I want you to know that you are not going through your struggles alone. You’re not alone in your thoughts or the things that are triggering you right now. We are in this together. 
It says in 1 Peter 5:8 (NLT) “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.” 
The roar of a lion can be debilitating. But if you look closely at this verse it says, he prowls around like a roaring lion. He is not a lion. He prowls around like one, but he isn’t one. He might act vicious and seem scary. He might cripple you with fear and anxiety in your marriage and relationships, but I want to tell you, he doesn’t have any power in your life.
I want to encourage you today to take over your triggers. Whatever it is you’re dealing with, you don’t have to let it take over your life. We don’t have to let the enemy debilitate us by speaking into our life. He can roar all he wants, but we have a choice to accept it or not.
Here are three steps that will free you from the belief that the enemy is as strong as you think. The first step is to identify our toxic thoughts and feelings. Let me ask you something, where is the enemy roaring in your life? Where is the enemy trying to wreak havoc. Where are you anxious, fearful, feeling rejection or shame? Sometimes I can be so triggered it can cause me to miss the moment. I can be at a family movie night, but if I’m triggered, it’s like I’m there, but I’m not there. Anybody know what I’m talking about? 
The thing is, when we entertain thoughts of fear, we can actually become fearful people. When we allow rejection in our thoughts, it can cause us to become depressed. If we let regret takeover, we can become discouraged. None of these are God’s intention for us. God wants us to live free from these things. If you want to tame the trigger, the first step is to identify it. The second step is to replace our toxic thought with God’s thoughts.
Whenever I realize I’m triggered, I’ll start googling bible verses. I write down thoughts that relate to finding freedom in the area I’m struggling in. I start to think about, if I was free, what would that look like? 
I replace fear, anxiety, and a bad cycle – with bible verses and thoughts of life on the other side of it, on the victorious side. When you start to replace your fear with faith, God will do some incredible things. It’s time to take our life back, which brings me to the final step, boldly declaring who we are in God.
Romans 10:9-10 (NLT) says, “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved.” 
It’s one thing to know you’re triggered, it’s another thing to take the roar away from the enemy. By declaring your freedom, you silence the lies of the enemy. You pull the power from your trigger. 
What are you declaring in your life? What are you speaking and saying? This final step of declaration is us taking back the power. It’s the action step toward victory. First, you identify the trigger, then you replace it because now you know what God thinks about it, and third, you declare it over yourself. 
The third step is critical. God wants you to overcome. He wants you to have victory in your life. You have to begin to say it and declare it. It’s an invitation to a new life, not just a better season, but a better life.
Power Statements to Equip You Today:

  • No weapon formed against me will prosper. Isaiah 54:17
  • If God be for me, who can be against me. Romans 8:31
  • God will never leave me or forsake me. Deuteronomy 31:6
  • My God will meet all my needs according to His riches and glory. Philippians 4:19
  • God you are the vine, I am the branch. You are my source. John 15
  • God you take my sin and cast it as far as the east is from the west. Psalm 103:12
  • You remember my sin no more. Guilt and shame is gone in Jesus name. Hebrews 8:12

Remember: The enemy isn’t as big as he acts. Our God is so much bigger! You hold the victory today.