It is so easy to get discouraged in life when things don’t go our way. Unexpected expenses, health issues, death of a loved one, or any other circumstance that comes our way, can throw us into a tailspin.
In these circumstances, most people try to “fix it”. They will try to take the steering wheel and turn things in the direction they feel is correct.
Stop. Breathe. Trust.
These three words of wisdom need to be heard today.
The first word is stop: Stop trying to fix it, because all you will often end up doing is making it worse. I’m not saying do nothing; I’m saying make sure you consult the “Fixer” before you make your decisions.
Pray, Pray, Pray, about everything you do. Then, after you pray, be still, be quiet, and listen to what the Holy spirit says to you. Prayer is not a one-way communication; it requires you speaking to God and then it requires you to hear what He says to you. When we skip this step, we are trusting in our abilities, and not God’s. When we listen to what God says to us, we can make wise, Godly decisions.
It’s only through this kind of decision, that you will see your circumstances start to make sense.
The second word is breath. I know from personal experience that it sometimes becomes difficult to even breathe when you are under attack from Satan. Our bodies seem to take over and nervousness and anxiety creep in and overrun our emotions.
Until recently, I had never experienced anxiety and really didn’t understand it. When talking to others who were dealing with it, it was hard for me to relate. But, now I see why it could become something that overwhelms you.
Remembering God’s Word when this happens, helps me manage it better. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”
This is my new scripture focus. Anxiety (worrying), is something we must not do. It’s OK to have concern; it’s OK to take precautions and make plans, but it is never OK to worry. God has everything under control so take a breath, pray for peace, and give Him thanks for what he has done, is doing, and will do in your life.
The last word is trust. Human beings have a flesh flaw, that flaw is “They want what they want, when they want it, and how they want it.” In other words, we have a control complex.
Submission to God’s will is tough, but required, to have a fulfilling life as a Christian. Our attitude every day, should be “here I am Lord, use me however you wish. If my plans aren’t yours, change them. If my actions don’t measure up, then show me what you want form me. If the job I have isn’t where you want me, open and close the doors you see fit. If I am not being the husband I should be, mold me into a Godly one. If I am not the wife you have called me to be, then give me a correct spirit. If I am not the church member you want me to be, then change my attitude and heart.”
Remember, God is never caught by surprise, He’s already been in tomorrow so He knows what is best for you today. Release that control to Him, and allow Him to direct your steps today.
In the storms of life come some of the deepest valleys. However, in my experience, the valley is often followed by a mountain-top experience. So, walk through the valley with Jesus, and stand on the mountain-top beside him when you get there. Stop, breath, trust. God won’t call you to it, unless He intends to get you through it.
Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ Jesus, who gives me strength.”
If you believe it, then receive it today.
God bless and have a great week in the Lord.
Wade Phillips is a pastor and evangelist with 3in1ministries.