When circumstances threaten to drown us, and our thoughts and accompanying emotions overwhelm us, there is hope on the horizon. We can dissect this event and gain the victory over one aspect of it at a time.
It is vitally important for us to refrain from criticizing our self for over-reacting to these situations, and for entertaining negative thoughts and emotions. God created us as a human being with all of the normal range of actions and reactions inherent in our personality.
The first step to walking in victory is to surrender the situation to God. We are guaranteed to experience overwhelming tribulation in this world; however, Jesus’ promises that He already overcame this type of issue, and He abides within us (John 16:33).
Asking for support from our mate, family and prayer partners also reduces the negative effects that trials have on our body, soul and spirit. The circumstances may not change, but our attitude about the aspect does. The effectual, fervent prayer of the righteous changes things (James 5:16).
Also, advice from those who already experienced this type of trial is always valuable, because it helps to change our focus. We are more readily able to overcome our self-sabotaging patterns that cripple our soul and spirit, as well as bombard our body with toxic chemicals.
Journaling our honest feelings is a good practice to develop. We can discover in our written words what is really going on in our soul. We also inscribe the advice that we receive from others, from God’s Word, and from His Spirit’s comfort.
Journaling helps us to relieve stress, and it unravels our anxious thoughts. We spend time jotting down memories from the past and our fears about the future, which helps us to reduce the issues influencing our negative reaction to our circumstances.
We make sense of our thoughts and feelings, separating them into categories. We learn new ideas about who we are and what we need. We also pray God’s Word over the situation. As we submit the conflict to God’s capable care, the intensity of it diminishes.
We are able to breathe deeply and to relax through it. When we change our focus about the situation, by gaining God’s perspective on the issue, then positive feelings return and our mood improves by the moment (Philippians 4:8).
Father God, Job is a great example of someone who walked with You and trusted in You through every negative circumstance which assailed Him. You used Satan’s destructive ways to strip Job of every earthly blessing he received from You, and then You gave him more blessings than he ever had in His whole life (Job 42:10).
Help us not to pay back a wrong done to us, but to wait on You to deliver us instead (Proverbs 20:22). Help us to bless those who curse us, and to pray for those who mistreat us (Luke 6:28). Help us to work hard to help others. When someone mistreats us, help us to bless them rather than to retaliate; and when we are persecuted, help us to endure (1 Corinthians 4:12).
Thought for the Day:
When we trust in the Lord, our God, He is our dwelling place, and no harm will overtake us; we are overcomers through our union with Him, and He sends our guardian angels to lift us up, so that we ride out the storm with His wisdom and strength.
– Psalm 91:8-12