One of the conditions for well being is peace.
This can sometimes be the hardest thing to achieve
when confronted by circumstances that can be overwhelming.
Our attention is drawn to the problem, whatever its nature.
The mind becomes a stage for repeat performances
of worst case scenarios.
Not so the spirit.
Here one can find rest.
Peace in the eye the storm.
Here the promises of God can be applied
Like balm to open wounds.
An antidote of hope for the hopeless situation.
Have you ever had an exposed tooth root.
Believe me it is painful!
Pain is a message.
It warns something is wrong.
Something needs attention.
It gets our attention!
How do we deal with it spiritually?
We apply the medicine of The Word.
‘He borne our sin and sickness, our grief and sorrow.’
I think that pretty much covers everything.
Just take the medicine and believe it will work!
Our medical encyclopaedia is The Bible!
We spoke of dealing with symptoms last week.
Physically these can be tackled medically.
This is the domain of the practitioners.
As born again believers
we have extra arsenal.
We can deal with issues spiritually.
We can go beyond the symptoms
and ask God to reveal the root cause.
It could be spiritual rather than physical.
This is where we have authority
to take the axe to the root.
We use the sword of the spirit:
the Word of God.
2 Cor. 10:4
The last one standing speaks of the victor in battle.
What are you battling?
What are you standing for?
Are you in a faith battle for healing for yourself and/or others?
Your prayer life will be targeting symptoms.
Don’t be overwhelmed by the enormity of the problems.
Try tackling one symptom at time
and believe for a domino effect!
See your mind like a battle ground.
Central is ’no man’s land.’
On one side is the army of God
governed by the Word.
On the other, the enemy
a malicious horde of rebels.
The one waiting in silence
the other loud and threatening.
But remember loudest doesn’t mean strongest.
For us it’s a battle of words.
Lies v Truth.
The facts may be real. The battle you are in may be a very difficult one.
But facts are subject to change.
Take care who you believe, who you agree with.
Stand up to the bully.
Call his bluff.
Be like David.
1 Sam. 17:45 “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.
1 Sam. 17:45
Worrier or warrior
Both are energetic pursuits
One productive one counterproductive.
One rehearses problems and in so doing magnifies them
One overcomes problems and annihilates them.
One listens to the voice of the enemy, the other to God.
‘Even if the best warrior went to battle,
he could not be saved simply by his strength alone.
Human strength and the weapons of man
are false hopes for victory;
they may seem mighty but they will always disappoint.
The eyes of the Lord are upon even the weakest worshipers
who love him
those who wait in hope and expectation for the strong,
steady love of God.’
See your heart like a canvas
Ready to be transformed
With colour, shape, notions
That need no words.
Original work by you.
See your mind like a blank sheet
For words and images
To be transcribed by you
Of your own choosing.
Of who you are.
How you are.
Where you are.
Now check to see if this lines up with God’s highest for you.
like the line between sea and sky
When there is no gap
between prayer and the answer
At other times a gap exists
like the healing process.
Can you believe during this gap?
It could affect your answer!
‘Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire,
when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.’
Mark 11:24 KJV
That wonderful change into Autumn signals change. Aren’t we blessed to have seasons. In fact life is made up of them.
Most people prefer the change from Spring to Summer. Not everyone welcomes the approach of winter.
You may be in an unwelcome time right now. Treat it as a season. Seasons do not last for ever. In winter we dig out extra warm clothes. Make extra provision for your spirit if you are treading through a cold valley. Spend extra time with the Lord. Search out His provisions. Last week we were reminded of the the ‘I am’ statements of the Lord. Look at the ‘I will’ statements and see what He will do for you at this time.
Heres one!. There are many. There is no circumstance not covered by His wonderful Word.
Jesus certainly knew who He was and those who heard Him understood exactly what He meant. If you love the Word you will be familiar with the ‘I AM’ statements of Jesus and have no problem believing Him. But the Bible is also littered with ‘you are’ labels. Are you as familiar with these and do you believe what Jesus says about you? Search them out for yourself. Rehearse them until they become an ‘I am’ reality.