Repetition is a very good teacher. This is the lesson I must repeat. If it helps you, adopt it.
Stress is a KILLER…literally. I grew up in “NOT-ENOUGH”. Why is that seemingly so hard to shake off? My belief that God will not come through often rises above the truth of what He has already done for me. I cry with Paul, “Oh wretched man that I am! Who will deliver me from this body of death?”
Faith is always tested by obstacles in life. We can get tied up in anxious knots when obstacles come. We have been taught (over and over) the more damage you do to the enemy, the more he gets aggravated about it. So what does he do? He tests us with obstacles in the natural realm. He tries to attach sickness to our body, lack to our finances, chaos to our home (and family), and confusion to our mind. But we can overcome these things. You can change the test into a testimony.
Ok, I’m in…HOW?
VIOLENT AND RADICAL
I must go back to the foundation of my faith:
1). Repent and forgive
2). Capture fear at the gate by reminding myself, before God: I am not enough and I do not have enough. Instead I must say (something like this), “Lord, I bring this fear to you and ask for Your intervention and redemption in my circumstances. I cannot trust you fully in myself, regardless of my past successes and blessings, so please replace my fear with confident trust in Your love and power working in my behalf to make, “All things work together for my good”, as You have promised me in Your Word. Tell me what to do, direct me. Until then, I will not react to this fear by trying to fix it myself. (I have altered this scripture into a personal prayer) “I choose to trust in You, LORD with all my heart, I Will not lean on my own understanding; in all my ways I will acknowledge You, And You, oh Lord shall direct my paths. I will not be wise in my own eyes; I will Fear (respect and trust) You, LORD” (Proverbs 3:5-7).
3). “Always respond to every impulse to pray. The impulse to pray may come when you are reading or when you are battling with a text. I would make an absolute law of this – always obey such an impulse. Where does it come from? It is the work of the Holy Spirit (Phil 2:12-13). This often leads to some of the most remarkable experiences in the life of the believer. So never resist, never postpone it, never push it aside, never dismiss it. Give yourself to it, yield to it; and you will find not only that you have not been wasting time with respect to the matter with which you are dealing but that actually it has helped you greatly in that respect. Such a call to prayer must never be regarded as a distraction; always respond to it immediately, and thank God if it happens to you frequently.”—Martyn Lloyd-Jones
4). Praise, Worship and Thanksgiving. (I have altered this scripture into a personal prayer) “I will be anxious for NOTHING, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, I will let my requests be made known to You, my Lord; and Your peace, which surpasses all understanding, will guard my heart and mind through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV)
Is there any wonder why I Love the Word of God?