There are times in life when the ground beneath your feet doesn’t feel solid, fixed, or secure. It’s a scary feeling. It’s as if the rug’s been pulled out from under you and you’re left to drift through life, desperately seeking a footing.
“I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore I have drawn you with lovingkindness.”
Jeremiah 31:3 (NASB)
His love is everlasting. It doesn’t change, ever. How He feels about me is the same today as it was yesterday and won’t change tomorrow. Because of the everlastingness of His love, he draws me into Himself with His lovingkindness. He loves me enough to give me the greatest thing in the entire universe – Himself.
I want to be a good, devoted example to those around me by the way I speak, how I act, the way I love, my faith, and my integrity. And I’m guessing that you do, too.
When Jesus shows us even a glimpse of Himself, it’s enough to want to shout it from the rooftops and tell the world of His love. But, how do we live it out in the day-to-day; in the moments between the rooftops?
I want everything to be clear and understandable at. all. times. I’m all for God being the one to give me the direction and the focus, (He really is the only one that can.) but why doesn’t He do it more often? It seems like the more I step out the more confusion and chaos I feel. I start to question His voice and wonder if He even told me to step out in the first place. Doubts creep in and worry takes over. I physically have trouble breathing and I feel like I’m drowning in the questions that mostly don’t even need to be asked, let alone have an answer.
Like I talked about in the first post I ever wrote (here), God does call us to step out of the boat, out of our comfort zone. But, did you notice that when Jesus told Peter to step out He was calling him out into the storm?!
So, what do we do when we feel like this? When our focus is blurred and there are a million and a half things being thrown in our direction and pulled from our grips. (Have you ever tried to hold onto something while in a raging storm? It’s pretty impossible, especially if what you’re clinging to is of little weight.)
What’s the story you tell yourself about God?
A.W. Tozer says that “what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” I think the reason he believes this is because how we view God – what we believe about Him – shapes who we are, how we live, and how we see the world – so basically everything about us. And I’d say that’s pretty important.
So, is the story we’re telling ourselves about God right? How can we know? Well, by checking our story against the one Jesus tells in Scripture. If what we believe about God isn’t in line with the God Jesus shares, then we need to erase the story we’re telling and replace it with the one of Jesus; because if what we believe about God is really the most important thing about us we want to get it right.
Most mornings I wake up feeling like I didn’t get enough sleep, I didn’t get enough done yesterday, and I won’t have enough energy to do all I need to get done for today. So before my feet even hit the floor I feel overwhelmed and defeated.
What a way to start out.
But, this isn’t the whole truth I’m telling myself. Though I’m tired, I have left over tasks, and lacking in strength – and left to myself I would be too tired, too overwhelmed, and too weak – God gives me what I need from His abundance. Each morning He provides just what I need for that day. What was given yesterday is gone and what’s for tomorrow hasn’t come. He provides exactly what I need for just this day.
When the attacks come they normally aren’t in the most convenient times. For me, they tend to come while I’m committed to something else and can’t do some of these tips (like in the middle of a massage session). But, if it’s bad enough and I just can’t handle it, I excuse myself for a minute to regain composure and use some of these weapons.
Even with the preparation and use of the spiritual (part one) and practical (part two) weapons to prevent anxiety the attacks still come. At least for me anyway. I prepare and strategize and the ugly beast of fear and anxiety still shows up.
I guess knowing that the beast is coming helps in motivating us to prepare.
Maybe I should have titled the other posts as ways to prepare for an attack, not necessarily prevent one. Either way, these are some spiritual weapons I use in the midst of an attack.
Life is full of the practical:
1.of or concerned with the actual doing or use of something rather than with theory and ideas.“there are two obvious practical applications of the research”
The actual doing of something.
We have to actually do something to win this battle. The spiritual weapons create a call to action and we have to fight. Not every weapon we use looks spiritual, but there’s where we limit God. He’s in the “spiritual” and in the “practical”. He’s in it all and uses it all. The practical can be just as spiritual.
Let’s fight with some practical weapons.
(By the way, here’s post one on some spiritual weapons to help prevent anxiety)
I have a lot of experience in the realm of anxiety, sadly. Like I shared in my last post (here), I’ve had an anxiety/panic disorder (rooted in fear) more than most of my life. I used to think that when I got older I’d be better (like there was a perfect age that would just switch this off), but it’s not like a pair of pants – you don’t just outgrow it, you have to fight it. (James 4:7-8) In this four part series I’m going to share with you some of the weapons I use most often, both spiritually and practically, to fight this awful sin (because, let’s face it, this anxiety is a sin).
(The first two posts will address weapons used before the anxiety comes, ways to potentially prevent it, and the last two posts will be ways to fight it during an attack.)