How to Use Your Difficult Times to Your Advantage


After interacting with literally tens of thousands of people through coaching and doing prophetic outreaches, I have noticed an interesting pattern.

Satan attacks you in the area of your strength and future calling.

You will see this in the lives of people in the Bible.  David was called and anointed by the Prophet Samuel to be the next King of Israel, but no one recognized his authority.  And even after he took down Goliath, he went through a difficult time of running from King Saul who tried to kill him for years (1 Samuel 21–31).

God used David’s time of running and testing to bring him into a place of maturity spiritually and emotionally. God will use difficult times in our lives to reveal and heal our weaknesses so we can help others who are suffering.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.  Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything,”   James 1:2–4 NIV.

It is important to understand that God does not bring sickness or difficult times upon us.  You are not being punished by God if you are suffering.  These things come from the enemy because God is pure love (1 John 4:8).

Where do bad things come from?

Jesus tells a parable about the Kingdom of Heaven being like a field in which good seeds were planted.  After they began to grow it became obvious that there were weeds growing in the field as well,  (Matthew 13:24–28).

“The owner’s servants came to him and said, ‘Sir, didn’t you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?’  ‘An enemy did this,’ he replied.’” Matthew 13:27–28 NIV.

God wants to bless you

“Dear friend, I hope all is well with you and that you are as healthy in body as you are strong in spirit.”   3 John 2 NLT.

It is God’s will for you to be healthy, whole and blessed.  But sin, stress and overloaded lifestyles with little margin for rest can weaken our bodies, emotions and relationships.  God will use the attacks of the enemy to strengthen you and bring you into spiritual maturity.

We will need to fix any skewed views of God and understand who God really is!  It will require you to break through unbelief and move from understanding just the facts of the Bible to a place of living it out daily.  We can learn to live our lives each day in God’s presence by walking in the Spirit (Galatians 5:16).

God is revealing your destiny

Remember that God will use the attacks and difficult times to refine us.  Satan attacks us in the areas of our future victories.  If you are being attacked in your body, emotions, relationships or finances, then I have good news for you.

Why would Satan work so hard against you unless you pose a threat to darkness?

As you get through these difficult times you gain authority in the spirit and God will use your suffering to bring repayment and blessings.

For a number of years, I have been going through terrible afflictions against my body, emotions and finances.  I have nearly died more than once.  God is bringing healing to all these areas of my life.

In the past few months I have gotten healed of Lyme disease, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity (that had me isolated), anxiety and panic attacks to name a few.

In the midst of this I have learned a lot about healing, restoration and God’s love and grace.  This is the time that God wants to heal and restore our bodies, emotions and relationships.  This is to position us for a coming revival that will require us to have strength and greater authority over the enemy.

This is the season to move forward into your life calling like never before.  To help you and position you for this next season I will be doing a special online training webinar on Saturday, March 18 at 10 a.m. (Pacific Time):

Accelerating Your Time to Heal:  Tools for Physical, Emotional and Spiritual Wholeness

This webinar will be different from others I’ve done.  It will be part teaching and there will be plenty of time for your questions as well as time to walk you through some activations and prayers to contend for your healing breakthrough.  Sign up here.

Hope to “see” you there!


~ Doug Addison

Doug AddisonDoug Addison is a prominent conference speaker captivating audiences with clean stand-up comedy and high energy prophetic messages, also shared on TV, radio and the Internet for over a decade.  He brings laughter, fun and a unique prophetic style while empowering people to transform their lives, discover their destiny and understand dreams, tattoos and piercings. His powerful messages stay with his audiences long after hearing him.

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