As I sit here wondering what the outcome of this situation will be, I am comforted by the words of Jesus, “Let not your heart be troubled…” John 14:1 I’ll admit not being troubled is hard sometimes, but knowing that He is “already there” (beautiful song by Casting Crowns) gives me security. Now, looking back on the past and seeing what He has done in and through me, builds my confidence in my God all the more.
Remembering how He upholds me during the painful times and loves me through rebellious times gives me hope that He will do it again. He is so good like that. He’s personal, real, and available to me through it all.
You see, God sits outside time already knowing what, when, and how I will do, say, and think. (Psalm 139:1-4) All the days of my life were written before any one of them came to be. Psalm 139:16 He is not surprised or shocked by the circumstances I am experiencing now. He’s taken care of it as it should be.
In uncertain times He is my stability. He is my answer. He is my peace. Sometimes, I don’t go straight to those truths and I might linger a little while in fear and worry. I begin to think about the “what ifs”, then imagine the worst scenarios and that’s a natural response to life’s situations. However, if I allow myself to live under the bondage of fear and anxiety, I open myself up to the lies of the devil.
In fact, when I get this far I have already believed his lies. He tells lies like, “God’s taking too long to fix this, maybe you should just do something yourself”, or “God’s punishing you”, or “Hey, your faith is too weak, that’s why this isn’t turning out well.” Jesus tells us the devil is the father of lies. He waits for an opportunity to take ground and then forms a stronghold. And although the truth is that he has been defeated by the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross, we still often open up a place for the enemy to steal, kill and destroy. (John 10:10) When worry and anxiety become a stronghold, it can go deep and last a long time.
So let us destroy the enemy’s hold and lay claim to who our powerful God really is and who we are in Him!
Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. 1 John 4:4
Therefore there is no condemnation in Christ Jesus. Romans 8:1
I am victorious in Christ. 2 Corinthians 2:14
Jesus is my peace and strength, therefore I will not be worried and in a state of unrest. Ephesians 3:16, Philippians 4:13
I cannot give myself a peaceful mind and heart but Christ in me is Peace and He is my life. Ephesians 2:14-16, Philippians 4:7
God did not give me a spirit of fear but of power, love and a sound mind. 2 Timothy 1:7
God is perfect love and perfect love casts out ALL fear! 1 John 4:18
I know that no matter what happens my God will bring good out of it and glory to Himself. Romans 8:28
You know, I feel better now, and relieved that it’s not up to me to be peaceful and worry free. It is Jesus in me that brings such good and perfect gifts into my life. It’s when I surrender my burdens to the only Answer that peace will abide, love will conquer, and my relationship with Jesus will grow.
Come lay down your circumstances with me and let us declare who we are in Christ Jesus and take hold of the truth that God is God and we are not.
Ephesians 4:23 … and be renewed in the spirit of your mind, and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.