Be mindful of what brings you worry and stress.
God didn’t create us to continually strive and stress. For doing so, only produces negative emotions which are detrimental to our overall well-being and health. Repeatedly being concerned over our provision and daily care lead us to chronic worry. And worry, if left unchecked, eventually leads to anxiety, depression, and ultimately to uncontrollable fear. Over and over again in God’s Word He tells us to “fear not and trust Him.”
John tells us we may have peace in this chaotic world, but it’ll come only “in” Him. So if we want to overcome these debilitating emotions we must seek after the giver of peace….by being in Him. Once we take care of the first right thing—being in Him, He’ll take care of our provision and give us peace.
· “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).
John tells it like it is…that we’ll have trouble in this world. It’s just a fact of life. We all experience trials, temptations, and suffering, because we live in a fallen world. Christians especially suffer because they’re Christian. Pain and all kinds of loss, including finances, relationships, employment, and possessions are painful events and losses that we often don’t have much control over. No one is immune from hard times. And these hard times naturally cause us elevated stress as we don’t know how to stop them. Nevertheless, Christians are empowered through the Holy Spirit to not only endure these hard times, but to not be defeated by them. This implies that there’s a secret to overcoming them so that we come out strong and victorious, even though we have an enemy trying to steal from us.
Asking and receiving wisdom is the key to knowing “the way out” of a situation. The Holy Spirit gives us revelation, or eye-opening knowledge that we’re in need of, so we know how and in what direction to go when we’re bewildered about a situation. We may suffer “for awhile” during hardship, but God commands us to take hold of our Christian authority. We aren’t to remain in a state of “suffering”as the world does.
Asking God to show you the way, and trusting Him to provide for you in the midst of your hard times, moves you into maturity in your relationship with Him. This process teaches us how to be dependent upon Him and to trust Him with the events of our life. We must learn to believe God and take Him at His word when He says He’ll take care of us. Otherwise unbelief will seep in and cause us to continually strive.
· “Cease striving and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10, NAS).
Taken from my soon to be released book: “A WOMAN OF SUBSTANCE.”