* Let this God inspired writing...from God's heart to ours;
teach us how to keep pressing on...no matter what attempts to take us down.
The other night, I sat in the stillness of my office and poured out my hurting heart to God...after what has seemed to be endless days and nights of pain. As I shared my thoughts with God; I began to ask Him for some help; that would keep me pressing on...and He shared four different Bible references and thoughts with my heart; that I feel He also longs for me to share with you.
Many times, I have come to see that these moments of pain I endure, are meant to learn, share and grow from. One thing I know...God never allows anything into our lives, unless He has a plan and purpose for it, which seems to happen quite often in my life.
Anyways...as God and I began to converse heart to heart the other night; He began to show me four things that could help to keep me walking through these moments of despair...and the first one is found in John 14:27, which reads... "I am leaving you with a gift...peace of mind and heart! And the peace I give isn't fragile like the peace the world gives. So don't be troubled or afraid."
We need to remember that there is a peace that can become a medicine to our hurting hearts and souls...and that is a peace that only comes from God. So many times, we are offered this perfect peace, as a response to our cries for help...something that can sustain us until our need has been met by God; but yet we find ourselves turning to other sources of temporal peace...something that ends up becoming fragile with time, which only keeps our lives wounded and overwhelmed with despair.
Another great reminder to reflect on, when all hope seems to be gone; is to turn our worry into prayer. In Philippians 4:6-7, we read... "Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don't forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God's peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus."
Can you imagine the peace we could experience, during the troubled times; if only we would turn away from worry and take that time to talk with God. Let's face it...worry is only going to be a path that takes us deeper into the problem, which will only cause us to experience more worry. I don't know about you; but I would rather enjoy a quiet talk with God, rather than some upsetting thoughts with the problem.
As I continued my time with God the other night, He led me next, to a couple verses in Psalm 112:7-8, which says... "He does not fear bad news, nor live in dread of what may happen. For he is settled in his mind that Jehovah will take care of him. That is why he is not afraid but can calmly face his foes. "
You know...I wonder why we have Jesus living in our hearts, when we seem to make worry, doubt, and fear our best friends. I love these Bible verses because they seem to clear my thoughts and get me back, to where I should be, when the problem seems to be sidetracking me. You know...when the high and strong waves attempt to take us down...our blood pressure shouldn't be climbing with them; but rather, there should be calm and peaceful moments surrounding us...just knowing that God will never be weaker than these times; but instead...greater and stronger than these waves that are attempting to take us down. When we can live, with this kind of a settled feeling; then anxiety will leave, as we begin to calmly face these foes.
Once we learn to focus on God's peace and pray, instead of worrying; the final thing we need to do; is to remain focused on God and keep our thoughts more on Him, rather than the problem...and the Bible verses God shared with my heart, are found in Isaiah 26:3-4, which reads... "He will keep in perfect peace all those who trust in him, whose thoughts turn often to the Lord! Trust in the Lord God always, for in the Lord Jehovah is your everlasting strength."
Just think...we could experience more peace and less worry, when we think more on God, rather than the problem. Let's face it...the moments when we focus on the problem; is only going to be a constant reminder to us, as to what is taking place in our lives at the time, which is only going to produce more fear, worry and doubt, which are the old friends, we should stay clear of.
What we need in every aspect of this problem is God; for when we focus on Him; then positive thoughts will stem from this connection; that will keep us moving ahead of the problem, rather than neck to neck with it.
I don't know about you; but it's time to stop letting these problems control our thoughts and hearts, while leading us down a needless path of despair. Maybe it would be a better idea to give the problem to God and let Him take care of it...and us. In this way, there will be room for His perfect peace, to flood and fill every chamber of the heart...AMEN!!