You know it took a while…but I just had a breakthrough in a number of ways. …and I wish I could elaborate and do it justice poetically, but I’m just so excited to get it out in the hope that it encourages someone in their walk with God, that it’s about to come out with unbrushed teeth and it’s pajamas and write some notes (in point form, mind you)…
1) Remind yourself of God’s specific promises to you and you alone – not his promises from the Bible – your personal encounters with him…what is one thing that God has consistently encouraged you in..when times get hard, remind yourself of his mercy (that repeats itself again and again and again…)
2) Regardless of what is going on, have an attitude that rises above your circumstances…yes, all that positive, feel good stuff…it’s not as ‘hibby jibby’ as it seems – the Bible says, ‘whatsoever is true, whatsoever is noble, whatsoever is pure, whatsoever is right, whatsoever is lovely, whatsoever is admirable; if anything is excellent or praiseworthy…think on these things. It’s really important to fix your mind on uplifting aspirations, thoughts or dreams. Avert your mind from thinking that a problem will turn into a disaster or that a disaster will be the death of you. Focus on better thoughts – it WILL be alright. How can I be resourceful now and get through/around this problem/situation? How has GOD brought me through BEFORE!?
3) Don’t underestimate the power of proper diet, exercise and rest on your mental and spiritual psyche…take care of your temple – it truly houses your spirit…not taking care of your body can lead to undue stress.
4) Remind yourself that you are not your own…I’ve given up dreams before but I would actually be lying if I did not admit that God’s way was 500% more fulfilling than my way…I was more deeply contented on the other side of submission. It might have felt silly, annoyed, vexed, or even very much afraid before throwing my hands up and saying ‘God, it is certainly apparent that you want this to go a particular way…and I submit to that. I don’t ‘like’ it, but I submit – you are my King’.
5) Encourage yourself in the Lord; talk to yourself, yes, to yourself – the mind has the amazing function of being able to lead your emotions, yes, your emotions and even your physical self. So, talk to yourself…and be careful also who you’re talking to and whose talking to you, as undeniably keeping positive company whose integrity is intact can have an effect on whether your thoughts have smiles or frowns. Are you in a healthy church community?
Some scriptures that you can keep in your head and heart that will help you stay steadfast:
Phillipians 4: 6 – 7, 8
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things [are] noble, whatever things [are] just, whatever things [are] pure, whatever things [are] lovely, whatever things [are] of good report, if [there is] any virtue and if [there is] anything praiseworthy–meditate on these things.
The journeys of the Israelites and God’s presence, promises and provision should harken to us today about his constantness – he is the same God that never forgets what he has promised to us so let us, “Sing to him, sing Psalms to him; Talk of all his wondrous works!” – Psalm 105:2
1 Corinthians 6: 17, 19-20
But he who is joined to the Lord is one spirit [with Him].
Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit [who is] in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God’s.
1 Corinthians 15:33
Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
Isaiah 26: 3 – 4
You will keep [him] in perfect peace, [Whose] mind [is] stayed [on You], Because he trusts in You.
Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, [is] everlasting strength.
1 Samuel 30: 6
“Now David was greatly distressed, for the people spoke of stoning him, because the soul of all the people was grieved, every man for his sons and his daughters. But David strengthened himself in the LORD his God”.
David strengthened himself in God – he didn’t rely on his own strength – he was too exhausted, and grief-stricken for that..but he strengthened himself “IN GOD”…very significant.
There will always be something in life to make us sad but God says, “*..be strong, and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the LORD your God [is] with you wherever you go“. – same God, then…same God..now. [*this is something God repeats to me all the time – be strong…I’m with you…]
Have a great day!