I just finished day 2 of the @YouVersion plan ‘The Calm: Live Each Day In The Calm Amid The Storm’. (Check it out here:
http://bible.com/r/3CX) much I what you’ll see here is from that reading.
Thoughts and feelings will come like waves on the sea and seek to capsize me.
When these thoughts and feelings flood my heart, mind and soul like water into a boat, i’m barely able to stay afloat.
With honest thoughts and feelings like that it’s hard to face whatever goliath of a storm we are sure is ahead. There are times when we try to close off a bad day only to wake to some of the same obstacle course.
One thing i know for sure is that sometimes our radar is off.
Life sometimes hardens our lives and causes us to drop into defense mode.
- A strange sense that the there is an abominable sea monster lurking beneath the surface, circling around and waiting for an opportune moment to emerge from the depths and ruin our lives.
- Make no mistake, don’t underestimate the enemy. There is a wounded serpent looking for children to bit.
- Like me you may have the feeling that since you struggle with anxiety there must be something “wrong” with you.
- I’ve even been told by people posing as Christ’s body, “If you were a good Christian you wouldn’t have this problem.”
- If we struggle with the idea that having anxious feelings or thoughts means that we are failing or that we are a failure. THAT is something worth fighting. That is something we should defend against.
- We all have times of a subtle dread of what seems to be inevitable and the temptation to do whatever we need to do to avoid dealing with it is a common bond everyone shares, if we are honest with ourselves & each other.
- This avoidance can take the form of keeping distracted with social media, projects, tasks, to-do lists, shopping, self-medicating, you name it. Even healthy habits or good deeds can become our source or makeshift coping mechanism.
Jesus taught that we would have trouble in this world.
“Each day would have trouble enough of its own.”
Not only will the world bring us trouble, but we have trouble residing within.
Even when we have believed on the Lord Jesus Christ and accepted Him as our Lord and Savior, our sinful nature remains and that nature is at enmity with the Spirit of God.
We are still human. I wrote a blog post comparing our life to “Weekend At Burnie’s” along those lines.
So we don’t have to go anywhere to find trouble. Trouble is within and without.
I saw a t-shirt that said, “I don’t find trouble it finds me.”
Sure, we can easily get ourselves into trouble & make some of the same mistakes we’ve made before in our lives but regardless there are going to be other situations (people, places things) we encounter & go through that are not consequences and are completely unsolicited.
This is enough to make anyone anxious!
Is there any hope?!
YES! If we are in Christ, He is in us and we are in Him. Because He lives inside of us, there can be calm, amidst the storm, within.
The truth of God and His Word is not only our anchor in the storm. In Christ we can actually find calm in the storm.
In Psalm 103 David sets a good example for us as he instructs his soul to praise the LORD and bless His name.
He reminds himself who he is and reminds himself not to forget who God is.
It helps if we too remind ourselves & each other who we really are & who God really is.
The struggle is real, so is God.
Look at Psalm 103. Although David, who was no stranger to struggles, sin & real life situations, although he was aware of his sin and his weakness, rather than fret and worry, we see him worship.
We can learn from his example how to train our hearts and minds in the storm.
Throughout the Bible we hear God remind us tgat we need self-control (self discipline), we need to train, we need to equip ourselves to fight the good fight, guard our hearts.
In fact, the way to care for our hearts is by caring for our minds. We must keep our minds fixed on the truth of God’s Word and HIS abilities. When we do, we will begin to experience the calm of Christ.
PSALMS 103:1-14 AMP
Bless and affectionately praise the Lord , O my soul, And all that is [deep] within me, bless His holy name. Bless and affectionately praise the Lord , O my soul, And do not forget any of His benefits; Who forgives all your sins, Who heals all your diseases; Who redeems your life from the pit, Who crowns you [lavishly] with lovingkindness and tender mercy; Who satisfies your years with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the [soaring] eagle. The Lord executes righteousness And justice for all the oppressed.
He made known His ways [of righteousness and justice] to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel.
The Lord is
- merciful and
- Slow to anger and
- abounding in compassion and
He will not always strive with us, Nor will He keep His anger forever. He has not dealt with us according to our sins [as we deserve], Nor rewarded us [with punishment] according to our wickedness.
(Personal note here- remember GRACE is goving us what we don’t deserve & mercy is not giving us what we do deserve)
For as the heavens are high above the earth, So great is His lovingkindness toward those who fear and worship Him [with awe-filled respect and deepest reverence].
As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
Just as a father loves his children, So the Lord loves those who fear and worship Him [with awe-filled respect and deepest reverence]. For He knows our [mortal] frame; He remembers that we are [merely] dust.
PSALMS 103:1-14 AMP
Ponder God’s faithfulness, His righteousness, through it all and proclaim it.
PSALMS 96:1-13 AMP
O sing to the Lord a new song; Sing to the Lord , all the earth! Sing to the Lord , bless His name; Proclaim good news of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works and wonderful deeds among all the peoples. For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. For all the gods of the peoples are [worthless, lifeless] idols, But the Lord made the heavens. Splendor and majesty are before Him; Strength and beauty are in His sanctuary. Ascribe to the Lord , O families of the peoples, Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory of His name; Bring an offering and come into His courts.
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness; Tremble [in submissive wonder] before Him, all the earth.
Say among the nations, “The Lord reigns; Indeed, the world is firmly and securely established, it shall not be moved;
He will judge and rule the people with fairness.”
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
Let the sea roar, and all the things it contains;
Let the field be exultant, and all that is in it.
Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy Before the Lord , for He is coming, For He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world with righteousness And the peoples in His faithfulness.
PSALMS 96:1-13 AMP
PSALMS 42:1-11 AMP
As the deer pants [longingly] for the water brooks, So my soul pants [longingly] for You, O God. My soul (my life, my inner self) thirsts for God, for the living God.
When will I come and see the face of God? My tears have been my food day and night, While they say to me all day long, “Where is your God?” These things I [vividly] remember as I pour out my soul; How I used to go along before the great crowd of people and lead them in procession to the house of God [like a choirmaster before his singers, timing the steps to the music and the chant of the song], With the voice of joy and thanksgiving, a great crowd keeping a festival.
Why are you in despair, O my soul? And why have you become restless and disturbed within me?
Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall again praise Him For the help of His presence.
O my God, my soul is in despair within me [the burden more than I can bear]; Therefore I will [fervently] remember You from the land of the Jordan And the peaks of [Mount] Hermon, from Mount Mizar.
Deep calls to deep at the [thundering] sound of Your waterfalls; All Your breakers and Your waves have rolled over me. Yet the Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime, And in the night His song will be with me, A prayer to the God of my life. I will say to God my rock, “Why have You forgotten me? Why do I go mourning because of the oppression of the enemy?”
As a crushing of my bones [with a sword], my adversaries taunt me, While they say continually to me, “Where is your God?” Why are you in despair, O my soul? Why have you become restless and disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, The help of my countenance and my God.
PSALMS 42:1-11 AMPhttps://bible.com/bible/1588/psa.42.1-11.AMP
Although i’ve personalized this these references & main thoughts are from the @YouVersion plan ‘The Calm: Live Each Day In The Calm Amid The Storm’. Check it out here:
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