What To Do When Everything Seems to Fall Apart
By Mickey Keith on January 15, 20071 Comment1. Refuse to Panic-
Nothing is ever as bad as it first appears.Take hope from the words of Psalm 91:1,2 "He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most high shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, He is my refuge and my fortress; My God in Him will I trust."
The promise of abiding under the shadow of the Almighty is given to those who `dwell in the secret place'. Not to those who occasionally 'visit', or only run to God in time of trouble. The Psalmist is declaring that if you will make it a habit of dwelling in the secret place with God, then you will have His protection, covering and grace.
Unfortunately, many Christians panic when troubles come. They run from God's providence in to a dry place, and find themselves away from His holy mountain of security and rest.
Don't listen to the roar of the enemy who says, `You're going under', and 'You're going to fail" He's only trying to intimidate you. He wants to scare you into doing something contrary to God's will. Stand strong. Don't Panic. Our biggest mistakes usually happen during the first few minutes of a satanic attack."Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring today. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still'.
These are the words of Moses in Exodus 14, when the Israelites were facing the Red Sea with Pharaoh's armies closing in behind them.
Be still. Stop and listen carefully to the inner voice of the Holy Spirit. Time is your friend, so wait for the answer. Patience is the weapon that forces deception to reveal itself.
"You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions, stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you." These are the words of 2 Chronicles 20.
The Lord gave instructions to his people as they faced an army bent on their destruction. He told Jehoshaphat to put musicians and singers in front of the army, and they sang,
"Give thanks to the Lord, for His love endures forever."
The enemies of God's people turned on themselves, and killed each other. Trust Him for this kind of deliverance today! Sing and praise the Lord, believing Him for your breakthrough!
2. Remember That Pain Passes-
Pain is discomfort caused by disorder. When something is out of order in the physical body, pain will result. It's the body's way of communicating that things aren't right. Every champion has discovered that pain is seasonal...It's temporary, and it will pass. They consider it an avenue to victory. Midnight is almost over...Don't be discouraged...A new day is about to dawn over your life.
Psalm 30:5 "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."
3. See Your battle as a gateway to promotion -
Warfare may appear as an obstacle to you, but God can use it as your next passageway to promotion. Daniel was promoted AFTER the lions den...Job received a double portion blessing AFTER his suffering...Joseph reached the palace AFTER the pit, the prison, and betrayal in Potiphar's house. Don't run from your battle. Stay around for the crown !
The next event on God's agenda is an awards ceremony - "Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him." James 1:12
Remember these words from the Apostle Paul in First Corinthians chapter 10, verse 13 -"No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it."
4. Feed Your Faith -
Faith is simply confidence in God and His ability. Faith brings energy, movement, and hope. It is your link to the power of God. "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." Heb.11:1 NIV "It's our handle on what we can't see !" MESSAGE
Faith comes by hearing the Word of God being read, spoken and sang. The Bible refers to little faith, great faith and enduring faith.
--- Faith is like a spiritual muscle that can grow when properly exercised. When used properly, it is unstoppable !
One reason that faith grows by hearing God's Word is because the Word is alive ! "His powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon's scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubts or defense, laying us open to listen and obey. Nothing and no one is impervious to God's Word. We can't get away from it -no matter what." Hebrews 4:12,13 MESSAGE
5. Inform An Intercessor -
Most of us want to fight our battles alone, but this is a big mistake. Isolation is the first step toward devastation.The scriptures says that "Two are better than one because they have a better return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Though one be overpowered, two can defend themselves." Ecclesiastes 4:9,10,12 NIV
You and I were made for connection...Just as the eye was made for sight, and the ear for sound, we were created for relationship. We all need a prayer partner! Dare to reach out to someone to pray and stand with you. The place of agreement is the place of POWER.
"When two of you get together on anything at all on earth and make a prayer of it, my Father in heaven goes into action. And when two or three of you are together because of me, you can be sure that I'll be there." Matthew 18:18,19 MESSAGE.
You can stand strong in the day of trouble if you'll reach out to Jesus in faith ! !
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