What the storms have taught me.

Worry is the opposite of faith.  When we worry we are not in faith therefore God cannot answer our prayers due to the fact that He has promised us freewill.  When we worry we are in essence saying I do not trust God to work this out for me.  The door our Heavenly Father walks through into our lives is faith.  Faith is trust.  If you’ve asked Him to help you and you believe that He will there is no reason to worry.  This is the very reason Jesus told us we must develop child like faith.  Our children never worry that we will take care of them.  They know we love them.  And likewise we should not doubt our Heavenly Father’s love for us for His love is so much greater than ours.
Fear is NOT from God.  God didn’t give us a spirit of fear but peace.
Peace, we have it and it only leaves us when we choose to think in ways that are not of God which brings us back to the worry and anxiety problem.  Fear, worry and anxiety ARE NOT from God.
John 14:27  Peace I leave with you;  My peace I give to you.  I do not give to you as the world gives.  Do not let your hearts be troubled; do not be afraid.
2 Timothy 6  For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands.  7 For God has not given us a spirit of timidity, but of power, love, and self-control.  8 So do not be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, or of me, His prisoner.  Instead, join me in suffering for the gospel by the power of God. 
Worrying is a complete waste of time and worry is harmful to our health.  The brain was created to grow, learn and develop new skills.  It was not designed to go round and round in circular thought.  For a thought is not simply air but a protein strain that forms in the brain.  Whatever we think about repeatedly forms a mass of protein strains.  This is why a fear grows bigger and bigger until we actually believe the worse ‘WILL’ happen.  Thoughts become actions.  Therefore we must learn to control our thoughts.
Emotions and Feelings Lie.   So often I’ve felt ‘this’ was going to happen and it didn’t or I just knew ‘that’ was going to be the end of me and it wasn’t.  How did I get things wrong so often?  I was listening to my emotions and feelings.  The fact is we don’t always feel like God is with us but He is.  We don’t always feel saved but we are.  We must learn to put our trust in the Word of God and NOT our feelings.
Psalm 139:13  For You formed my inward parts;  You wove me in my mother’s womb. 14 I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;  Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.
Stop sitting around waiting to feel things all the time.  Storms taught me to go by what I knew and not what I felt.  My feelings so often wanted me to give up yet God kept calling me to look up.  To read His Word and BELIEVE it!  I may not feel marvellously and wonderfully made.  And you might not feel this way either but the fact is we are.  God loves us.  We can trust Him to take care of us.
The brain was designed for faith.  When a problem arises the brain was designed to obey the very Word of God.  And what does the Word tell us about coping with problems?  We are to do all we can do then stand.  When a problem arises we think it over, do all we can and then cast our care.  Casting our care means we hand it off to God and trust Him.  Only He has the power to make a way where there is no way.  Learn when it’s time to turn off your brain and let it rest.  Good mental health begins in knowing when you can and when you can’t solve a problem through thought.  Dysfunction occurs when we lack the ability to recognize when circumstances are beyond our control and seek in vain to find a solution through continuous thought thus causing harm to our brains, lives and relationships.  Allowing a problem to rotate around in our mind results in stress.  The result of stress is poor decisions and poor health.  Poor decisions wreck our lives.  Thus Jesus told us to capture every thought and make sure it is to the glory of the Lord.  Per Jesus we can control our thoughts and like anything it begins with, ‘I CAN do ALL things through Christ who strengthens me’.  Remember God will come into any area of our lives we invite Him into and set to work.  If you have trouble with worry and controlling your thoughts ask Him for help.
God Speaks through His Word.  I’d often pray in my darkest hours but I didn’t find prayer helpful.  I’d come out of my prayer closet more confused than when I went in. Then I realized I was worrying and not actually praying.  I’d complain, vent, cry and get stressed out while talking to God.  And God would just quietly wait for me to get back in faith so He could help me.  Jesus said when we pray we must BELIEVE.  Just because you are kneeling down going through the motions of prayer doesn’t mean you are in faith.  Sometimes we approach prayer as a last resort.  But we must remember that God’s promises are for whosoever will.  Whosoever will study His Word and apply it to their life.  Many don’t receive answers to their prayers because they are not actually walking with God day by day and have no plans to truly surrender their lives to Him fully.  They simply want His help not the relationship.  I hate to admit it but for a long while I was this sort of Christian.
Matthew 22 Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?’  23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you workers of lawlessness.’  24 Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.
Finally, I committed myself to learning the Word of God rather than spending hours in worry filled prayer.  I decided to dig in deep and apply the Bible’s teachings to my life.  Soon worry, fear and anxiety began to dissipate.  My desire to learn about God overcame my fear of life’s storms.  I began to cast the problems I couldn’t solve onto Him and spend my time studying His Word while I waited for an answer instead of repeating my requests again and again in prayer.  Once we pray about something we must BELIEVE He heard us and set to work.  There is no need to keep bringing the same problem to Him again and again.  Doing so is evidence we don’t trust that He is working on it.  We can and should of course pray for the strength to endure, withstand and wait as many times as needed.  My prayers went from ‘God you have to help me I can’t do this — to God I know you are with me and if you brought me to it you will bring me through it thank you.  Yes!  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!  The Book of Job is a standard for how to stand in the trials of life.  It also serves as a testament to God’s ability to uphold, restore, vindicate and yes, give us double for our trouble.  What the devil means for evil God will always use for good in the lives of those who are in Christ Jesus.  Nothing is wasted.  It is all used to bring us home to live in eternal bless.  Men have many goals but this is God’s goal for our lives.
Pain should be viewed as an opportunity to grow in our faith and learn about the goodness of God.   Humans can do just about anything if they see a purpose in it.  There must be a reason.  My reason for everything now is to learn more about God.  To learn to trust Him more.  To learn to listen to the Holy Spirit so that He can lead and direct my life.  Pain is as valuable gold when it comes to accomplishing such goals.

Philippians 1:4  Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you encounter trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.  4 Allow perseverance to finish its work, so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

We don’t know what we would or would not do until we are put to the test.  I could praise God when things were going well but could I praise Him in the storm?  Sadly, during most storms in my life I had moments of doubt or turned to my own strength and the world’s ways of solving problems.  It has taken me decades to learn to stand.  To stand full of faith when everything in and around me said things weren’t going to turn out okay.  To learn how not to panic and calmly wait on God to make a way when the clock was ticking and time was running out.  These are powerful moments in the life of a Christian because it’s when we come to the very end of ourselves that God is able to finally begin to transform our lives.  And it doesn’t stop with us.  He gives us a deep desire to go out and share all that we learned with everyone around us.

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  1. i worry .. for GOD does not work in our own timing .. i worry for others depend on me and connot let tnem down
    i worry for i try to have things in order for what i am a custumed to doing and having
    i worry for i am emotional
    i worry for im scared of pain & death
    but most of all i worry for this is all i know , i feel , i touch & enjoy the pleasure of earthly goods
    for i am human…. show me the way to be strong where no worry , no pain, sickness, depression, anxiety, fear, death will ever weekend me .. then im not human. but i must try for i want to know him well as you do… i want to experience the love ; u have for him u talk about where nothing matters but just GOD. Must i have go through life heartaches, saddness, fear, despair to know GOD


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