One of my pastors those days would tell us that the season that he’s going through tough times is when he would look very chubby. He would be so cheerful and positively spirited that people hardly know what he’s going through. He taught me practically what Jesus taught in the beatitude; the power of beautiful attitudes.
Friend, what is your attitude and response when you go through tough times? Do you whine, bow your head in shame, go about moody, or do you count it all joy as the scripture teaches us (James 1:2)? The situation may not call for Joy but your attitude must count it all Joy. You should turn it around.
The way to confuse the devil is to do the unusual and the unexpected when you are go through stuff (Job 2:9-10, 13:15). Yes, the devil wants you to cry, wear a smile instead. The devil wants you to worry, switch to worship. The devil wants you to question or blame God, turn it around and give God thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:18).
Rather than taking care, God wants you to cast care (Matthew 6:25, Philippians 4:6-7, 1 Peter 5:7). Instead of worrying, you need to let go and let God (Psalms 46:10). That is the serious way to go through bad stuff in life. When the devil seems to be hitting you the hardest, that is the time to laugh the greatest. That way, you confuse the devil.
You need to take a cue from God’s response to the raging noise of the enemy. God is never mesmerized by the devil. When the enemy is raging, God is laughing (Psalms 2:4). That is the language! When the enemy is threatening you with fear and doubt, burst into laughter. Laugh over the devil, laugh on his head!
Sometimes, you have to act strong and positive even when you don’t feel so. We are called to live by faith, not by sight or fact (2 Corinthians 5:7). Yes, your mind or flesh would want to tell you that you are faking it. You are not faking it; you are simply superimposing the truth of God’s word on the facts of life. That is the way to victory (2 Corinthians 2:14).