You can get up each day and purpose in your heart to worship and praise the Lord or you can get up and be defeated by starting your day with worry, fear,anxiety, stress and fretting. It is basically your choice. You have to choose to set your mind on what is good, pure, truthful and what builds up not tears down. You and you alone have control over your mind and the thoughts that go into it. If you constantly dwell on your problems or fears you will then have a mindset of fear and defeat and worry. How can you get closer to God and expect to hear from Him and walk with Him and have victory if you are down in some pit of despair?
Children of God need to walk in victory, not defeat, no matter what is going on around you. It can be hard at times when the things of the world start caving in around you but in order to get through the trials and tests of life that are sure to come your way you have to maintain your focus on God and his word. This is why it is so vitally important to know the word of God, for in it lies the strength to get beyond our problems. There are enough concerns in this world to go around and many times we try to add more by adding our childrens' problems, particularly if you have adult children. We want to carry the burden for ourselves and everyone else and we do not trust God to see us over the hump, so to speak.
In God you have power to defeat the enemy and his lies and stay focused on positive hopeful things. Give God your cares! It even says that in scripture. What good can we do by sitting around in mental turmoil and trying to orchestrate everything? Fretting over big or large things will not bring you closer to the Lord. He cares for the smallest details of your life that may be weighing you down.
Stay effective and powerful by staying in the word of God. It is in the word we get strength to defeat the schemes of Satan, the depressed spirit, fear, mental torment and worry. Some may say " I'm just a worrier. I can't help it." Yes you can get beyond worry and stop using that excuse as your justification. Do you enjoy being all stressed and keyed up all the time? If not turn to God.
Start each day with prayer and cast your concerns on the Lord. Cast means to throw. He is there for you and wants you to share your burdens. It says in 1 Peter 5:7 "Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you." Phillipians 4:6 reminds us "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Matthew 6:27 says "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?" Worrying does nothing but make us sick and fretful so move on and do something else. Are you able to let go and let God? When you feel your peace slipping and worry creeping up start to pray instead.
PRAYER: Lord at times I just want to take control of things. I dwell on the negative and start to slip into a chasm of despair. I want to trust you Lord and lean on you. Give me your perfect peace in every thing in life down to the tiniest details. In Jesus name. Amen
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