Today’s God Calling message addresses anxiety, doubt, fear and frustration, and all the nasty little side effects of those things. Stuff like anger, depression, panic and making wrong decisions as a result, and relapse into addictions, just to name a few. They also cause divorce, dis-attachement and despondency, and even suicide.
God says we are eternal beings. Nothing can stop us or destroy us. That’s His promise. God doesn’t lie. Somewhere in the midst of all the turmoil you may be in, you must seek His Grace. You must find the blessing; you must see Him in the “storm.” Paul went to God three times with the thorn in his flesh (his problem). Three times, God told Paul, “My grace is sufficient for you.” The answer didn’t change. Interestingly, Jesus was approached by Satan in the wilderness three times, and, all three times, Jesus said the same thing to Satan; “It is written.” What we have to do in adversity, is just as Jesus did.
Change your anxiety intoassurance: It is written “Your heavenly Father knows what you have need of before you even ask.”
Change your doubt intodeclaration: It is written “You are blessed in the city and blessed in the country. You’re body is blessed; your grounds, your herds and flocks are blessed. You are blessed coming in and blessed going out.” And, “I know the thoughts I have toward you; thoughts of good (blessing) and not of evil (cursing)”, says the LORD.”
Change fear into faith: It is written “My enemies will come at me one way, but flee seven ways.” And “A thousand shall fall at my right hand and ten thousand at my left.”
Change frustration into acceptance and gratitude: It is written “My grace is sufficient for you.”
Jesus had to feed five thousand people with just a few loaves of bread and a few fish. The disciples were “tripping”, as today’s generation would say. I can almost hear old Doubting Thomas’ thoughts…”Man, we’re probably going to end up getting trampled by this mob and only two or three people will actually get to eat-if the bread and fish don’t end up in the dirt and trampled underfoot.” Jesus said, “I thank you Father.”
As long as we’re complaining about our situation or circumstance, we have accepted neither the truth of the situation (it is what it is) nor the truths of God’s Word, nor His sovereignty and His authority. If you cannot accept a truth, you can neither utilize it, nor change it.