A gentle, heartfelt encouragement and reminder:
I think we would all agree there is a lot of chaos, division, strife, anger, worry, fear and anxiety in the world right now, and it is impacting and affecting us all. It is so easy to get lost in it and overwhelmed by it all. But listen, we MUST have hope and faith in God because no matter what craziness is going on, God is bigger. He is greater. He is stronger. He is King of kings and Lord of lords. HE is the one seated on the throne in Heaven with the whole world under HIS feet, and HE is the Lord of Heaven’s armies. ARMIES.
And, NONE of what is going on changes who God is. His character, His plans, His promises, what He’s already done for us… hasn’t changed, and isn’t changing. God is who He is, and He is seated where He is, and nothing happening right now is changing that.
He sees ALL that is going on. He knows the enemy’s plans. He knows what’s in every person’s heart… their intention, their motivation, what they are planning, how things are impacting them, every worry and concern, all the burdens… He knows it all, and He is working on it ALL.
What does God tell us? That He cares about EVERYTHING that concerns us, that He’s watching over us, that we can cast our cares on Him because He cares for us, that all who are weary and heavy burdened can come to Him, and He will give them rest, that He will keep in perfect peace all those whose minds are on the Lord, who are trusting in Him. (1 Peter 5:7, Matthew 11:28, Isaiah 26:3.)
Turn to the Lord. Set your mind on Him, not on the chaos, not on how you’re feeling, not on what someone said, did, posted, or what you saw on tv or heard on the news. FIX YOUR MIND ON THE LORD. Press into the Lord and keep pressing in and pressing on. Keep finding things to be thankful for every day. Keep getting in the word of God, or get in it if you haven’t been. Keep praying. Keep praising. Keep gathering together with other believers. Keep loving God and loving others. Remember from where your help comes. Remember who’s you are. Remember that the Lord is fighting FOR you, and He is fighting from a place of victory. He holds you in the palm of His hand, and NO ONE can snatch you from Him.
There is a war going on, it’s a spiritual battle and it is going on as we speak and live, and our prayers are so important… SO important. PRAY. “Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Pray from your heart. Pray God’s word. NOTHING is more powerful than the word of God. NOTHING. It is the holy, inspired word of God, written for our encouragement and our instruction and our benefit. And, God’s word does NOT, and will NOT come back to Him void. There is power in His word. Pray His word. Pray friends. Don’t think you can’t do anything about what’s going on. You can. You can put your faith and your hope in Jesus, pray, and trust Him. “The Lord hears His people when they call to Him for help AND He rescues them from all their troubles (Psalm 37:17).”
When worry, fear, anxiety, anger or frustration come to your heart or mind, CLING to Jesus, CLING to Hope. Don’t give up, and do NOT give in. GUARD YOUR PEACE. Do NOT let the enemy steal that from you. TRUST in the Lord, with ALL of your heart, and do NOT lean on your own understanding, seek HIS will in all you do and in all you say (every day), and He WILL lead you and show you which paths to take in life. There is NO reason for us to be afraid because God is FOR us. He is for us!!! He is fighting for us. He has this, and He has you!
“Let’s turn our eyes away from the darkness and turn them toward the Light and the Hope.” – Kathy Fults