Standing in the Gap

When you have done all you can do?

What do you do now?

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As Believers in Jesus and acknowledging Him as our Lord and Savior, we are in a unique position. There are specific instructions for how to handle all situations that we face. Do all you can do, pray for guidance, and then follow the small, quiet voice of the Holy Spirit. Until you receive directions, you just stand and wait on the Lord to direct your steps. Give it to God. That which seems insurmountable to us is inconsequential to God. God will respond to your prayer for help if is in line with His plan for you. Complaining and fuming will not help the situation, and there is always a chance that it could make it worst.

Matthews 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” (KJV)

One of the worst things you can do is worry over a problem. It is so detrimental to your health, both mentally and physically. I know from personal experience the utter uselessness of worrying. In my younger years, as a single parent, I worried a lot. Raising two kids and working sometimes six days a week to be sure that everything was paid and there was food on the table really had me worrying a lot. Although I prayed I did not understand how I was defeating my own purpose by praying and worrying. This habit of trying to do everything myself was destroying my peace, preventing my growing in my faith walk with God, and exhibiting a disregard for the Holy Spirit. The physical results amounted to migraine headaches that left me in a dark room unable to function with what seemed like little men playing the drums in my head and eventually sending me to the doctor.

This was before I understood that worrying is a spirit of Satan. I was totally unaware of the destructive power that I had given Satan by allowing myself to fall into the worry habit. When I finally read Mark 11:22-24,

“22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” (KJV)

The light bulb finally came on for me. I immediately wrote it down and began reciting it daily. Every time I felt the onslaught of the spirit of worry. This Scripture would get me back on track. Then I found Ephesians 6:12-13 (KJV)

“12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

Of course, there are times when the spirit of worry tries to creep in on me, but I become aware of the attack sooner, strengthen my spiritual armor, and put up my scriptural defenses before it can get a hold on my spirit.

Do not let worry keep you from enjoying your life and beating you down. Do what you can do, You Stand, and Let God take over the rest. He is more than capable.

One final Scripture for the worriers out there Philippians 4:6:

 Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. (Amplified Classic Edition)

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God’s Word is Alive and Well!

My mother gave me a Bible when I was in my twenties and having problems bouncing back from the realization that my long-time relationship was over. I was devastated for what seems like craziness now. She assured me that all my sadness would pass, and told me that all my answers were in the Bible I just needed to take the time to look.

Reading, but Not Understanding

Although I read the Bible frequently, I was unable to grasp the importance of what I was reading. I knew the Bible was God’s word, but I had difficulty seeing it as relevant to life today, and therefore, was unable to understand how it related to my present situation.

I did not understand how to relate God’s Word to what I was encountering in my daily life. Reading the Bible was similar to trying to read a foreign language for me, trying to relate, and discover the hidden meaning of the Bible was difficult to say the least. I believed the answer was there, but I did not know how to unlock the vault.

My early failures to understand did not deter me from continuing to read because no matter how angry, confused, or miserable I was feeling, reading God’s Word helped me to get back on track again. I must admit that I did not get a real understanding from reading the King James Version of the Bible in my early years, but when reading it there was a feeling of peace and a “everything is going to be alright” feeling that came over me. I understand now that each and every time I read a passage of scripture, I found a new nugget of understanding that helped me along the way. I cannot explain how much it amazes me how often reading a passage seems to apply to something that is happening in my life.

Change Old Habits

Although I knew there were other versions of the Bible available, I stuck with what I was familiar with the King James Version. When I finally began to read other versions and picked up the Amplified Version of the Bible, it was as if the light bulb came on. I understood so much more of the scriptures. Reading the Amplified Version shed light on my understanding of God’s Word. I started purchasing other versions and looking passages up on the Internet. I admit research takes time, but I believe that my understanding is increasing with the clarity I am reaping from a better understanding of the scriptures.

The Word of God is treasure to the Believer’s soul. Every word of God is wisdom to those who believe.

God gave us his Word as a treasure to nest not in our minds, but in our hearts to become a driving force to get and keep us on the path that He has selected for our lives. The Law was written and read constantly so that the people would remember. The Gospel is centered around our belief that Jesus is the Son of God, He took on our sins, died to pay for our sins, was raised from the dead, and now sits on the right hand of the Father interceding for us, the Word of God has been written in our hearts.

Morning Routine

Over time, I have developed a need to spend time exploring and increasing my knowledge of God’s Word. My routine has me sitting down to read usually early morning fewer interruptions. I begin with a prayer for understanding so that I can grasp and increase my discovery and relate better to what I am reading. I look up words I do not understand and write them down, follow the reference scriptures (not all of them, but the ones I am lead by the Spirit to give attention to), I also keep a reference journal so that I can refer back to the passages that have a special impact on me.

Life’s Operating Manual

When my children were small I used to tell them that life does not come with an Operating Manual, but actually it does God’s Word in the Bible. It is the Father talking to His children about every aspect of life. We have been given a choice, life according to His word or according to the life Satan is offering. As Joshua said in Deuteronomy 10:15, “… as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (KJV)  Whatever time you devote to God’s Word, I pray that you discover, as I did and am still discovering, God’s Word is Alive.

Set A Real Goal

Start the New Year off right spend time in God’s Word, His operating manual for our lives. Work on getting better each and every day.

 

Comments:

Do you have a routine for studying God’s Word? Share what works for you.

 

 

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