Do you feel like there are more challenges and recessions where you are struggling to survive?
We are living in a really apprehensive time in history. Every day I speak to people, the common thread in each conversation is echoed. How uncertain life feels; the open ended questions for the future and what next for so many people and their families. When we are constantly trying to survive uneasy phases. The starting point is making positive choices.
You may feel vulnerable but know the God of angel armies is with you. The enemy is close to hand swirling in and out of our day, trying to make us lose focus, get distracted, create divisions and negativity in families, friendships and church communities. And make us believe that nothing really matters.
We know from our silent struggles that we are in a spiritual battle with wicked forces and the supernatural Ephesians 6:12, and like a sensible soldier we need to protect ourselves, be equipped and ready every single day. The effectiveness of what we are fighting will be lost and irrelevant, if we begin to struggle against each other and not wrestle with the forces of darkness. In many ways the enemy is happy when we are at war with each other and not him.
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Additionally, we can totally miss the point and begin to nit-pick and find faults in others because we do not agree with their beliefs or values. Spinning around in a cloud of dust we scatter criticism and judgement, blitzing our lives of enthusiasm and energy. Turning our love to anger.
Although we are vulnerable, we need to become shrewd to the tactics of the enemy that are at play every day against us, to steal, kill and destroy our joy peace and laughter. You could fill in your own blanks of what you feel is being stolen or destroyed in your life at this time.
Momentarily, we might be psychologically and physically weak or vulnerable. From grappling or wrestling with issues caused by the global pandemic and the repercussions of lockdown and social isolation. Although COVID-19 may have become a common topic in the news headlines,. The huge concerns mirrored in communities globally, trace effects that might go unnoticed of this virus on people’s mental health and the ability to withstand pressures and stress.
God gives us a strong mind to cope and be on guard. 2 Corinthians 8:20 His aim is for us to live in awareness of how the enemy may seek to outwit us, and take advantage of our weaknesses. So that we are not uninformed or ignorant of his subtly evil plans, thoughts and purposes. If you are questioning whether God knows everything, think about this.
Why is it that God gives us these special abilities to do certain things best? It is that as God’s people we will be equipped to do better work for Him, building up the Church, the body of Christ, to a position of strength and maturity; (Ephesians 4:12)
In the middle of turmoil or a questionable future, we know God sees our potential, and chose us for His plan. He wants us to fulfil that purpose He created for us. Lately, the news highlights how so much can change from one day to the next. Despite this what we say and do right now can impact others with the light God places within us.
So that we are not overshadowed by the darkness of fear and the ways it might seem to control and overwhelm us. We can focus on God’s promises which have stood the test of time.
- His promises breathe life.
- His words sooth our soul.
- His power calms our spirits.
- His strength Give us power.
3 choices I am making today
Not to allow fear and anxiety to control my outlook on the future.
Guard my heart against the tactics of the enemy.
Refocus my mind on God’s truth (and the facts, not feelings of apprehension) in the middle of uncertain times.
It is becoming increasingly familiar that we will still feel afraid, but we walk with the man of sorrows who never leaves us even for one second. Clearly we do not have any control but we have assurance and faith in the one who does. Reality spells out this, we don’t know what tomorrow holds, but we know who holds every tomorrow.
10 quotes to spark renewed possibility in unrivalled bewilderment
Every tomorrow has two handles. We can take hold of it with the handle of anxiety or the handle of faith. Henry Ward Beecher
Worry is the antithesis of trust. You simply cannot do both. They are mutually exclusive. Elisabeth Elliot
The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety. George Mueller
As you walk through the valley of the unknown, you will find the footprints of Jesus both in front of you and beside you. Charles Stanley
Our lives are full of supposes. Suppose this should happen, or suppose that should happen; what could we do; how could we bear it? But, if we are living in the high tower of the dwelling place of God, all these supposes will drop out of our lives. We shall be quiet from the fear of evil, for no threatenings of evil can penetrate into the high tower of God. Hannah Whittal Smith
We must never despair; our situation has been compromising before, and it has changed for the better; so I trust it will again. If difficulties arise, we must put forth new exertion and proportion our efforts to the exigencies of the times. George Washington
Just when the caterpillar thought the world was ending, he turned into a butterfly. Proverb
Worry does nothing but steal your joy and keep you very busy doing nothing. Unknown
To change ourselves effectively, we first had to change our perceptions. Stephen R. Covey
A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you. Joyce Meyer
So what can you do, when you become anxious?
- When I get really afraid… I come to you in trust. (Psalm 56:3)
- When I was upset and beside myself… you calmed me down and cheered me up. (Psalm 94:19)
- When I am filled with fear… Light, space, zest— that’s God! So, with him on my side I’m fearless, afraid of no one and nothing. (Psalm 27:1)
- When my troubles stack up… Pile your troubles on God’s shoulders— he’ll carry your load, he’ll help you out. (Psalm 55:22)
- When I require a safe space… God is our refuge and strength, a tested help in times of trouble. (Psalm 46:1)
- When I need help… God met me more than halfway, he freed me from my anxious fears. (Psalm 34:4)
These are reminders relevant to our modern world. They edge the way with hope and whisper optimistic promise. Granting us time to stop incessant thinking and compulsive worrying. Because the way you feel won’t last forever. And ultimately God places His peace in our hearts, unlike anything this world can offer. He doesn’t leave us – in the way we are used to being left – abandoned and bereft John 14:27 but He’s right there for you, He won’t let you down and He won’t leave you ever! Deuteronomy 31:8
Dig within and keep climbing, even when you cannot see a way. You will become stronger and grow through obstacles and adversity. And with God on your side, you will never be alone.
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Share your thoughts…
What helpful ways are you adopting to put your fears into perspective in unsettling and chaotic periods to survive uneasy phases with positive choices?