As I have shared this week I have been struggling with panic attacks again. Well I have decided to turn this FEAR over to the Lord and it has been WONDERFUL! It first started with the book I am reading that I shared about in my last post Change your Habits, Change your Life A plan for Healthy Living by Danna Demetre. A scripture in the first chapters of the book is 2 Tim 1:7 which says " For God has not given me the spirit of timidity (or fear as it says in another translation), but of power and love and disciple (or sound mind in another translation). This verse spoke mountains to me. I was not given the spirit of fear! What do I have to panic about. God has overcome this obstacle in me a few years ago. This is a lie from satan trying to shake my faith. I will not let him!!! Then I went to church today. The message was actually about those who are afraid of what is happening in the economy but it spoke in a whole different way to me. I am going to share my notes and maybe it can help you too.
Title: Uncertain....."Relax and Refocus"
Verses: Mark 4: 35-41; Proverbs 19:21; Is 46:10; James 1:8; Matt 6:26; 1 Tim 6:17-20; Phil 4:11; Mark 8:36; Phil 4:6
Relax- God is in control! Reality in times like this -We are not in control. God is a god of abundance and He will provide. Circumstances will not change the PURPOSE of God. Faith is forged in the furnace of the wilderness- In Mark 4:35-41 The disciples needed a storm to know Jesus can calm the storm and the winds and the waves.
God cares more about our character than our comfort. We need to relax because He is in control.
R- realize our worth....James 1:8, Matt 6:26
E- entrust..................1 Tim 6:17-20
L-Learn to be content..Phil4:11
A- adjust our values....Mark 8:36
X- eXchange your fear for God's peace...Phil 4:6
When we allow fear we inhibit God in our lives and we are calling God a liar....WE should release the fear to God and Repent! Because we go where our eyes are focused if we are focused on fear we will be afraid......SO where are you focused??
The challenge was issued by my pastor Do not lose your focus!
I am going to focus on God and kick the fear from my life when I feel a panic attack starting I will focus on my Lord and Savior and He will help me through so I can have His peace! That is what has made me have a wonderful day and I hope you do also!