I confess. lf it weren’t for the powerful principles in God’s Word, I’d be a basket case. There’s just so much pressure. So many demands and expectations. So much to do and so little time. Incredible needs and limited resources.
How do we maintain the peace, serenity and calm that Jesus promises when we have so many trials and hassles? The technique for walking in the Spirit and not being overwhelmed is found in several verses of your Bible; several verses that are often overlooked.
One reason we freak out so easily is that we’re right in the middle of our problem, and all we can see and feel is the hassle and problem that’s frustrating us right now. Because we’re in the middle of it, we blow it all out of proportion.
For example, on the evening news, almost every night, you hear about some teenager getting shot over a little bit of nothing. Maybe he looked the wrong way at some- one, or “dissed” a kid at school. Or he might’ve “looked like” he had an attitude. So, he gets murdered. For nothing. To the murderer what the kid did was a major insult, a blow to the ego and intolerable. To you and me and everyone else not involved, it was a little bit of nothing.
It’s all a matter of perspective. When you and l allow a problem to be magnified into a major catastrophe, we lose the ability to deal with it in a sensible and godly manner. The enemy knows that, so he does all he can to get us to blow things out of proportion and to over react.
Problem Number 1: The enemy likes to magnify your problems, challenges, bills and other frustrating factors in your life. He wants them to seem bigger than they really are, so all you can see, feel and think about are the problems that embroil you.
When your problems are made larger than life, they seem to be stronger than God. You feel like your life and future is being controlled by your problems, and that everything is going down the tubes.
The devil doesn’t care WHICH problems he magnifies. Any of them will do. He’ll use past problems, present ones or future ones. Some of us keep pointing back to things that happened years ago, and feel that our lives will never be right because of the awful things that happened, way back when. Others feel swamped by our present problems.
Then, who among us hasn’t been paralyzed by the thought of FUTURE problems, looming on the horizon? Things like ill health, financial disaster being lonely and rejected and so on. He wants us to feel our problems are pervasive-all encompassing.
Bible Solution: lnstead of magnifying your problems, magnify your faith in the work of God in your life. “Let such as love thy salvation say continually. Let God be magnified (Psalm40:16).” The Apostle Paul used this spiritual principle even when the devil threatened to kill him. ln Philippians 1:20, he said, “…now Christ (not my fears or anxieties) shall be magnified in my body whether by life or by death.”
Problem Number 2: The enemy wants you to focus on right now, and to forget that the mess you’re in won’t last forever. lf the devil can get you to think that the situation you’re in right now is going to last forever you’ll lose sight of the big picture. He wants us to feel like our problem is going to be permanent; that it’ll always be like this.
This is how a lot of arguments in the home get started. People start arguing over the smallest thing, sometimes even forgetting what it was they were arguing about in the first place. (Hint: Before getting into an argument, ask yourself, “Five years down the road, will all this even matter? ls it REALLY worth arguing about?” Most of the time it isn’t.
Bible Solution: The truth is, that we need to think in terms of eternity. What stops us is we let ourselves get so caught up in our problems that we DON’T stop. Romans 8:18, “…the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us.” Put your situation in perspective with what God has already done in your life and what He’s promised you for eternity.
See, when you’re so hyped about your present situation, you won’t even think about how your actions and decisions affect eternity.
Problem Number 3: Your feelings get blown out of proportion. You get hurt; you get angry. You feel rejected, slighted or disrespected. The enemy whispers to you that you’ll ALWAYS feel the way you feel right now.
At that moment, if your feelings are blown out of proportion, and you lose sight of eternity you’ll say and do some regrettably stupid things. Things that can wreck your job, marriage, finances or friendships.
When you let your emotions direct your path, you lose. Period. You’re made in the image of God and aren’t created to be led by your angers, hurts, disappointments, lusts or fears. Your emotions change from moment to moment, and they usually aren’t even accurate.
“They that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy. (Jonah 2:8).” In other words, when your emotions kick in, they tend to distort what’s really going on. They’ll tell you things are worse than they really are, that you’re less competent than you really are, that you’re being mistreated more than you really are, and then, you ACT on what your emotions are saying, instead of on the Word of God.
For example, doesn’t God promise that He will never leave you, nor forsake you (Hebrews 9:13)? Even in the valley of the shadow of death, isn’t it true that you need to fear no evil, for He is with you (Psalm 23:4)? Hasn’t He given you His promise that He will work out ALL things for your good, if you love Him (Romans 8; 28)?
The things that are happening to you right now WON’T be still happening a year from now, or two years from now. We all know that. But, even so, we throw tantrums when someone asks us to do something we don’t feel like doing, or complain if the person ahead of us in the store wants to pay by check and doesn’t have two photo i.d.’s. We get frustrated because we have a hard time losing weight. We moan endlessly about how overworked, under-paid and unappreciated we are.
When the enemy has blown away your sense of eternity and the goodness of God operating in our lives, the most trivial inconvenience seems to be a major attack and the slightest offhanded remark of a friend takes on gigantic proportions. So, we blow our stack in a fit of hypersensitivity letting them have a piece of our mind!
Bible solution: “Set your affections on things above, not on things of earth,” like it says in Colossians 3:2. That’s where your emotions belong… in the Presence of Jesus! Instead of having your world as small as your day to day problems, compare them to the bigness of Gods plan for you in eternity.
Let Christ be magnified, given a bigger place in your life, your thoughts and your emotions. Think on all the amazing things He’s done for you. lsn’t it true that He’s forgiven you for more sins than you could even name? Hasn’t he given you many answers to prayer, demonstrating that He loves you and cares for you? So, this little setback or disappointment has a meaning, a purpose, and you can look at it as something that propels you into His presence, to give you and Him hours of fellowship and time together in prayer.
You’re not made to spend the majority of your time crossing hurdles and digging yourself out of ditches. lf you’re going to be able to enjoy the blessings and goodness of God in your life, you’re going to have to be willing to expand your experience beyond the scope of your own little world. Enter into God’s world, by faith!
Lighten your load! Cast your cares on Him, Believer because He careth for you! Rid yourself of your problems_ and worries by giving them to Jesus