In life we are constantly and continually bombarded with thoughts of fear,
worry and anxiety. When we allow ourselves to meditate on those negative
thoughts, our life will be impacted negatively just the same. What we
think on, what we focus on, what we meditate on is exactly what we will
draw back to ourselves. That is why we should be conscious to think
thoughts of victory when defeated thoughts try to discourage our hearts.
We should see ourselves as overcomers when thoughts of past failures come
to our mind. What we must realize is that we are in a constant spiritual
battle; it is an invisible battle that tries its best to overtake our mind
and tell us that we have no hope. We know these negative and discouraging
thoughts don't come from the Lord because the Bible says in 2 Timothy 1:7
“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love,
and of a sound mind.” (2 Corinthians 10:3-5) (Matthew 18:18-20)
The Lord wishes for us to rest in His strength. We read in Psalm 121:2
“My help cometh from the LORD, which made heaven and earth.” Peace comes
from the Lord, soundness comes from the Lord, Joy comes from the Lord,
rest comes from the Lord, contentment comes from the Lord. No matter how
discouraging our thoughts may sometimes be, we must remember that we are
able to cast down every stronghold and bind them in the name of the Lord
Jesus. The Lord Jesus has all power in Heaven and on Earth and there is
nothing that is too difficult for the Lord to help us overcome. We must
believe that God wishes for us to triumph and be victorious over every
obstacle whether physical, mental, emotional or spiritual.
(Matthew 24:30) (Matthew 28:18)
The next time thoughts of worry or anxiety try to overtake your mind, I
encourage you to remember who you are in Christ. You are not defeated,
you are not beneath, you are not a failure, but you are a mighty warrior
through Christ the Lord. Have a confession of praise and victory, think
on good things that will elevate your mind and have an attitude of
gratitude knowing that goodness and mercy will follow you all the days of
your life just as God promised it. (Psalm 34:1-9) (Psalm 23:6)
I hope this message encourages and inspires your heart to see the benefit
in giving praise to the Lord when thoughts of discouragement or defeat try
to infiltrate your mind.
ANXIETIES MAKE A HOUSE CALL
This morning at 2:00 a.m. my anxieties decided to pay me a visit. They came
as a group. They didn't even bother to knock at the front door, but let
themselves right in. They marched right up to my bedroom and woke me up.
One by one, they began to scream at me, “What are you going to do about
this and that? Isn't it terrible? There's no way out. You're surely done
for, aren't you? Have you thought about this?”
It was at this moment that I knew I had one of three options. I could
continue to lie on my bed and entertain these intruders, passing out bits
of crumpets and cookies. This of course would only fatten them up and
enliven them to voice even more opinions.
Option number 2 was to simply try to escape them by way of fantasy. I could
pretend that they didn't exist and never had. I could enter the realm of
fantasy by way of my imagination. I could dream away my present
circumstances. I could be young, thin, rich, living in a different time,
living with different people, and romantically sought after. What would
that avail? My intruders would still be waiting for me when I awoke.
Option 3: I could get up and seek the Lord. I could then commune with the
Living God of all power, wisdom, and glory. I could cast all my care upon
Him and allow Him to undertake in every circumstance.
By the grace of God, I was empowered to take option number 3. Rising up, I
spoke for a lingering time with the Lord. I poured forth all my stresses.
Then I opened His Word to my devotional Psalm. There in verse 19 of Psalm
94 I read, “In the multitude of my anxieties within me, Your comforts
delight my soul.”
It was then that the Divine exchange took place. I gave God every anxiety
and took upon myself His delightful comforts. I even numbered them.
God will perfect that which concerns me.
God sees everything and nothing is hidden from His sight.
God is at work.
God loves me. I am His beloved, and He is mine.
Immanuel, God, is with me and will NEVER leave me nor forsake me.
God is good and does good!
God will deal with the evildoer, the reviler, the slanderer, gossip, the
gainsayer, the complainer.
God does not condemn me. God is for me.
God will supply my every need according to His riches in glory.
God understands me.
God hears my prayer.
God delights to answer my prayer.
The comforts continued to abound and as they did they ushered my anxieties
to the door and bid them leave, unfed and unattended.
By Cheryl Brodersen
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 118:24 “This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will rejoice and
be glad in it.”
Psalm 23:1-4 “The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to
lie down in green pastures: He leadeth me beside the still waters. He
restoreth my soul: He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for His
name's sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil: for Thou art with me; Thy rod and Thy staff they
Isaiah 41:9-10 “Thou whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and
called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou art my
servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away. Fear thou not; for I
am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee;
yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My
Hebrews 13:5-6 “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be
content with such things as ye have: for He hath said, I will never leave
thee, nor forsake thee. So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper,
and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.”
Philippians 4:8-9 “Finally brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever
things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure,
whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if
there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and
seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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