Facing challenges of life, disappointments, or pain? How about depression, anxiety, lack of peace in everyday life?
God gives us the answers to all of these problems. His Word tells us in Isaiah 26:3 “Thou will keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on thee; because he trusteth in thee”. The key here is to trust in Him. I’ve found that when I feel like I’m not trusting, the best thing to do is quote scripture from the heart, such as Psalm 71:1 “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust; let me never be put to confusion”. Sing unto the Lord a new song; a song of praise from your heart. Tell Him you trust Him. Cast your cares upon Him, because He cares for you.(1 Peter 5:7)
In that Psalm up there, the Psalmist says, “let me never be put to confusion”. Don’t you ever feel confused about why things are the way they are, or about what you’re supposed to think and believe? I think that is where our concerns and cares stem from. Well, good news, we can cast this care upon the Lord too! 1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
If what you’re experiencing involves destruction in either your body or mind or surroundings, it is not from God. Satan is a liar and a thief and we can deny Him access to our thoughts. He can’t get to us if our mind is stayed on the Lord. The Lord can and will be your help in all life’s situations. It can take time, but He will deliver you. He never fails. Just keep trusting (and asking, seeking, knocking…Mt 7:7). Also, know that He uses all things for our good. So when the car breaks down, maybe He’ll put someone in your path that either needs to hear what you have to say, or that relationship may be the start of a positive pivotal point in your life.
I heard recently that prayer itself is necessary but it is not greater than God’s Word. See, hearing the Word brings about faith; speaking it out in faith brings results. Hebrews 4:12 Says,
For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
This is one of my favorite verses because it is an explanation of a process that happens when taking hold of His Word!