Does your situation have you in a choke hold? Are anxious thoughts plaguing you? Do unmet needs have you down? Are you paralyzed by fear?
When our thoughts are centered on our self, our situation and our own needs, we can be sure we are playing into our enemy’s trap. For these are the opposite of what God would have us focus on. Think about Jesus’ ministry on earth. Was He ever troubled over how He would pay His bills? Did He fret over what He would wear? Was He ever concerned about get His own needs met? No He wasn’t. Instead He was focused on God and God’s will. So when we find our self stuck by our problems, our thoughts and our fears, we need to remember God has a plan and we’re part of it.
Mediate on God and His glory to help bring back the proper perspective. Psalm 104 is a great example of thinking on God’s handiwork. Thinking about all He has created will help you remember how powerful, mighty and awesome He is. Thinking about His strength your problems seem smaller by comparison. God knows all things from the beginning to the end and everything in between. He will keep you in perfect peace when your mind is steadfast on Him because you trust Him (Isaiah 26:3). Remember God’s perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18).
Do Your Part
Put on God’s armor so you may stand firm. Ephesians 6:10-18 NKJV says “Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having girded your waist with truth, having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints.”
Think on helpful things. Philippians 4:7-8 NKJV says “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Do good and don’t grow weary for at the right time you will reap a harvest of right living (Galatians 6:9). Do not doubt the Lord will accomplish all He says He will. Seek first His kingdom and all things will be added to you.
When you find yourself restless check your thoughts. Remember God and focus your thoughts on Him. With God’s power within you do your part to abide in His love and the peace of God will guard your heart and mind (Philippians 4:7).
Lord, thank you for being able to calm our restless souls. Thank you for your word to guide us in our knowledge of you. Thank you for your spirit to lead us in your truth. In Jesus’ name Amen.
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