What was a pretty normal day ended with some unexpected ‘burdens’ and the enemy wasted no time adding to the load. Funny, how one thing can be multiplied and before you know it you are anxious and burdened with three or four (or more) things.
I slept horribly. Bad dreams, waking often and plain old restless. I didn’t realized I had carried the burdens to bed with me, I thought I was fine.
By morning, my heart was oppressively heavy. I sort of panic for a few minutes, because I remember well the months of feeling like this everyday, and I hate it. Brian said some very encouraging words and set me up for my quiet time.
I cried out to my Father, asking Him to deliver me, so speak to my heart, to be the lifter of my head.
I started to speak (write) truth to myself.
“This is not mine to fix—this is Yours. I do NOT know all the details—only You know . . . the God of creation . . . the God Who makes hearts knew . . . the god Who is a twinkling of an eye can deliver and heal and restore . . . the god Who has and uses the same power that He used to raise Christ from the dead to raise us from the dead . . . the god Who has His finger on these situation and cares infinitely more than I ever could . . . the God Who knows exactly what is going on.”
I prayed, “Father, show me Your glory in these situations. Glorify Your Son in each situation. May Your glorious will be done.”
I read Philippians 4:6-7 and felt the Lord graciously give me a check list, something to ‘do’. He knows I operated better when I have something to ‘do’
- Stand fast in the Lord
- Rejoice in the Lord always
- Be anxious for nothing!
- In everything pray with thanksgiving
And the peace of God . . . shall keep your heart and mind in Christ Jesus.
Stand fast! This is the enemy trying to rob you!! This is one of his wiles. Warning, warning, you have a choice. Dig your heals in and refuse to go under.
Rejoice, be joyful—praise, give thanks, rejoice in Him. Always. It means right here, right now. Practice eucharisteo!
Be anxious for nothing actually means NOTHING! This would include every thing weighing your heart down this morning.
In everything, including these very things, just pray with thanksgiving—don’t be anxious, pray and give it back to Him. Refuse to fret over it!
Then to Ephesians 6:10-18
Be strong in the Lord, and in the power of HIS might! (not my might, but HIS, I have none)
Put on the whole armor of God—stand against the wiles of the devil—false-burden bearing, fretting, being anxious, fearing—all these are wiles of the enemy!
You are not wrestling against flesh and blood, but against principalities, powers, rulers of darkness, spiritual wickedness in high places. Your battle is not in the natural!
STAND! Stand therefore. Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching.
Then to Jude 20
Build yourself up on your most holy faith praying in the Holy Ghost—keep yourself in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Can I just say that I had a lovely day?! Our Father is so amazing and so faithful.
I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears . . . The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles . . .This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. (verses from Psalm 34)