So many people are so filled with worry… anxiety and unrelenting fear...fear is tormenting!
Fear is one of the biggest of the enemie's lies ... yes...fear is a liar!!! These lies keep us distracted and so focused on the worry (the deception of the moment)
2 Corinthians 4:16. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. -
2 Corinthians 5:17. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord. -
that we simply become useless and can't do all that God has for us to do here and now... This is the exact reason why fear is such a widely used tool of Satan! Fear can be tormenting and polarizing and leaving us at a complete standstill in our lives... but there's a few things I feel like God wants to teach us ..God wants to teach us to be content, to be confident, and not to worry… The Bible says 365 times not to fear, worry, or be anxious! So I think it's very safe to say God hates when we fear!
We are God's children, He wants us to be at peace, He wants us to be joyful because the joy of the Lord is our strength...God wants us to train ourselves to be confident in His strength… He wants us to train ourselves to hear His word so clearly that it would immediately, and at the onset, overrule and overide every enemy lie!
I believe these are the steps that can help us all… let's remember the 4 R's and take back our peace and our freedom!
REJOICE… We all know that even though apostle Paul was in prison so often; one of the famous scriptures he writes is,"Rejoice… again I say Rejoice"..Phil 4:4-8
We need to learn to praise God even in the storms… We need to trust Him not just in the good times… Is that actually trust? No! Trust starts where logic fails,
it is when we cannot see a way out on our own... that's when we know it's all God and we rejoice that no matter what we're going through, we can know that He is handling it… and when we have an attitude of thanksgiving, and an atmosphere of praise, rejoicing in the midst of our worry, we give God room to work! Soon the worry seems small and our God is so big… He is right there in our midst and He is handling everything!
As you are rejoicing in our Father and begin to feel more peace… It's time to RELEASE the worries to Him … It's time to cast our cares on to the strong shoulders and the outstretched arms that are capable to handle anything… And, that means anything that the enemy throws our way! God is bigger than anything! … He is bigger than any health problem, he is bigger than any financial problem, he is bigger than any family issue, he is bigger than any crisis, because nothing is too small, too big, or too hard for God! He wants it all!… He is sovereign, He is so vastly capable, and He loves you so perfectly and his perfect love casts out all fear and handles all things!… What can God not do?… When we realize that He loves us so much and we RELEASE it all to him, then we will see him move!…
When we RELEASE all things to him, we can then REST in his love… We can REST in his peace! Rest is a weapon that the enemy hates… He loves to have us all worried, overwhelmed, burning the candle at both ends, and staying awake not sleeping, just thinking that our worrying is actually doing something about our situation… God wants you to go to sleep!
God wants you to REST and relax in him… God never sleeps! He stays up, 24/7 ...God's not worried about what you are worried about!
I like to think of God as the security guard of our souls! He is working on it all on your behalf! If you have released it to Him, then most assuredly He's got it ! But, God wants you to trust him enough to leave it all with him and REST in him… We will never hear an "oops" coming from God... No! He is always perfect in his answers and He is perfect in his timing… Let's stay on the rock… Let's find rest in Christ and relax in him knowing he's got it ALL!
Then, let's RESPOND with praise and thanksgiving knowing that God's got all things! Let's RESPOND to the goodness, grace, and mercy of God by praying the word, let's Respond by speaking things that aren't as
though they are… Let's know that we handed it ALL off to God and He's got it and let's not waver in our declarations!
Let's RESPOND to the promises of God and to how big our God is and what we trust he is doing about our situations… Let's not respond to our feelings… We don't want to wait for our feelings to catch up with our responses and our declarations to the Lord…..
Remember faith is always in what we cannot see… We will RESPOND in faith, knowing that God is taking care of all things!… The Bible says if you will believe, then you will see the glory of God… Notice "believe" is first... The glory of God is God's miracles manifested here and now in our lives… but we have to believe it to see it!
God is the same God yesterday, today, and forever! He's got us in the palm of his righteous hand and he will never let us go… His ways are so much better than our ways and his answers concerning the prayer needs of all of us are so much higher and better than anything we could ever think of in the natural..
He will do exceedingly, abundantly more than we can ask or think Eph.3:20
Let's invite the supernatural to meet the natural… His will be done today on earth as it is in heaven!
So next time you're tempted to get on the worry train…
Remember that you're going to be on for the whole ride or at least until the next depot!… So let's remember to Rejoice, Release, Rest, Respond!
Sometimes just focusing on these things and getting our minds steadfastly focused on the things of God will be all we need to turn off the worrying! As you practice these keys and apply them in your lives, I believe you're going to find that the worries will fade and victory will be yours! …
God bless you all and just know God's got it!
1 Peter 5:7. "Casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you."
atthew 6:25-27 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?”
Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”