|Posted on July 9, 2017 at 9:00 PM|
With everything life can throw our way, it is very easy to become overwhelmed. Admitting such doesn’t make us any less of a Christian but we do have to make sure not to park there. Our enemy desires to destroy us and parking on overwhelmed allows access.
One of the definitions I read of overwhelmed is defeat completely. I believe we can agree that the definition is contrary to our victory in Christ Jesus. If you do feel overwhelmed, make it a temporary state of mind. Yes, I know what the definition reads but that is not our permanent position. Interestingly, at times I welcome “overwhelmed”. Overwhelmed reminds me just how weak I am in the flesh and dependent upon the strength of God.
Transparency moment: When the hustles and bustles of decisions/pressure in the areas of parenting, marriage, professional career, etc., came my way, the last thing I wanted to hear was the simple, “Trust God”. Despite the opposition, the truth of the matter is that was exactly what I needed to not only hear but do.
“For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee”. Isaiah 41:13
Even now, it’s a constant reminding myself to stop and remember what was spoken in His Word concerning me and everything about me.
Do I mean to say in the midst of hell bursting loose, chaos on every side, turmoil, breaking points, blood boiling with rage and frustration…trust the help of the Lord? Yes, I sure do!
Now, can we all say absurd and illogical?
“But the natural [unbelieving] man does not accept the things [the teachings and revelations] of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness [absurd and illogical] to him; and he is incapable of understanding them, because they are spiritually discerned and appreciated, [and he is unqualified to judge spiritual matters].” I Corinthians 2:14 AMP
There are many examples set before us in God’s Holy Word that surely comes off as absurd and illogical.
Daniel in the Lion’s Den (Daniel Chapter 6)
Moses going before Pharaoh with only a “Thus saith the Lord”. (Exodus Chapter 3)
Absurd and illogical…to the natural man.
Scripture tells us that the flesh is weak. (Matthew 26: 41) Let’s elaborate on that for a moment. Absolutely nothing about our flesh wants to please, seek, trust or wait on God. We want what we want when we want it and how we want it. Pressure comes, we want it gone. Desires come, we want them filled. Passions come, we want them satisfied. Problems come, we want them solved. I’m reminded of Apostle Paul stating that in his flesh dwelleth no good thing. It’s the spirit man that’s willing to go along with the discipline, stretching, purging, waiting, and seeking.
Feeling Overwhelmed? Flesh wants to fix everything.
Feeling Overwhelmed? Spirit wants to cast it all on God, let Him handle it and doesn’t mind letting flesh know it.
If you are feeling overwhelmed at this very moment, I leave this passage of scripture with you. This is not to just quote a little something and leave it at that. I ask that you genuinely meditate on the words. Let it marinate in your spirit wholeheartedly:
Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and every situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].
Philippians 4:6, 7
In every situation…in every circumstance…no matter what comes your way…
The peace of God shall keep you sustained and encouraged!