Are you worrying over your current circumstance? Have you cried out to God over and over to help you and asked him to change your situation? Today we are going to see how the Word of God says we can change our situation.
This world is filled with more worry and anxiety then it has been for many many years. For most of us this is the worst we have seen our country because we are too young to remember the trails of times past.
I minister to people every day who are wondering, worrying, and asking why. Most of them are shaken saying “No matter what I do this sickness, this financial problem, and these circumstances I am facing do not seem to go away. I keep praying, crying out to God and I wait on Him to do something.”
And alas there lies the problem – They are waiting on God to do something when all the while God is waiting on them! He is waiting on us to know what His Word says and to get up and act on it!
I can tell you the Word of God is true, everything that is written in it is true. No matter what your circumstance there is a promise written to you in the Word of God where you can declare it and stand on it. You must read the Bible and study it to know what your promise is. Then by faith take it as yours and stand on it no matter what the circumstance looks like.
We must know what they Word of God says but remember just knowing the promises and even memorizing them, is not enough!
If a person was hungry they could know about food and have memorized in their mind what it looks like, and think about it all they want. But they are still hungry. Your memory only feeds your mind. It does not feed your body. It IS good memorize the Word but it is also necessary to go directly to the Word of God, to feed your spirit with it; it is spiritual food for you. You must eat on it daily just as you feed your fleshly body, your spiritual man must eat! You must get the Word in you as part of you not just be able to recite it.
You are a spirit who lives in a body and has a soul. So you must feed your spirit- which is your heart- (not blood pumping heart) but your spirit man. The Word says out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks according to Luke 6:45.
What you fill yourself up with is what will come out of you. When people are being squashed, that is when it will show what is truly in them. So if you are being squashed right now, what is coming out of you? Words of faith or words of failure, defeat, worry, fear, and doubt.
Today I want to bring our attention to how we are to be acting in the midst of trials.
We are going to have trials; we have never been promised as Children of God that we would not have trials. James 1:2 tells us to count it all joy, and some translations say count it all pure joy when you encounter trials.
You must realize that testing always leads to promotion, and promotion is something to be joyful about! Now there is so much more to teach on that subject but that is for another day. So let’s talk about how are we to act in the midst of trails; when we are worried or anxious.
Let’s look at Philippians 4:6 “Be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” You may have heard that quoted so many times you too can quote it in your sleep. But if you are worrying or you are anxious then you have only memorized this promise, just as someone hungry memorized food, it is not in you, it may be memorized in your mind, but it’s not part of your spirit.
Paul was writing this letter to exhort believers to live with joy in the midst of varying situations. Paul gives very specific instructions here.
First he says to be careful for nothing that word means anxious. The Amplified Translations instructs us, “Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything,” So here it is established we are not to be worrying, fretting or having anxiety about anything and if we are then we are going against what they Word of God says. And we are not going to get answers to our problems if we remain there. So let’s look at what we can do in our situation.
He goes on to say “but in everything,” and that means everything “by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving.” Ok so here we go: concerning everything – our finances, our health, our relationships, our emotions, whatever it is we are to:
1. Pray – And this is how we pray- the Word of God; we can’t just pray out any old prayer and expect Him to answer it. You must pray according to the guidelines He’s given us in His Word. Pray the Word of God over our situation – get the scripture over our situation. Search them out and stand on them. If you need healing then find out what the Word says about healing, if you need finances find it, if you need restoration, find it, they are all in there! Then we are to Pray in the Name of Jesus and we are to also trust the Holy Spirit. He is God’s power arm. He’s the One who’s going to guarantee that the work gets done. So we are to pray and pray properly!
2. The word supplication (because it says prayer and supplication) means fully transfer the burdens of ones soul. And the soul is made up of our mind, our will, and our emotions. So we are to transfer fully the burdens of our mind, the burdens of our will, and the burdens of our emotions onto God 1 Peter 5:7 instructs, “Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him”
3. Give Thanks! When we ask in Jesus Name, believing we have already received what we have asked for, then we are to give thanks to God for it in advance. Right here we are doing the same thing. We are to pray, transfer fully our burdens over to God and then give Him thanks that it is already done!
4. Let your requests be known to God. Tell him what they are. He knows what you need already but he says we can give him our requests. Hebrews 4:16 tells us, “Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].” We are allowed to go to him boldly and give him our requests.
So as we Pray, transfer fully our burdens to God, give God thanks in advance for our requests we give to him- then in Verse 7 it promises us “And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” When we do the steps listed in verse 6 we then get the peace promised in verse 7.
Now I know most of you say I have tried that but I can’t help but worry by mind keeps thinking about the situations happening. Well look on into verse 8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” Amplified instructs us to, “[fix your minds on them]“
We are to fix our minds only on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report, those with any virtue in them and those things which are praise worthy.
Does lack, defeat, fear, worry, anxiety, sickness, loss, death, fighting, anger, gossip, does any of that sound like the things listed? NO!
Notice it says whatsoever things are of good report. Only think on those things giving you a good report, the Word of God is a good report. Isaiah 53:1 asks who report shall you believe. The amplified says who has trusted in, relied upon, and clung to. Are you trusting in God’s report – His Word, are you relying upon his Word, are you clinging to his Word?
No matter what, if we keep our mind fixed on these things as we Pray in the Name of Jesus according to the Word of God and trusting the Holy Spirit to accomplish it, as we transfer fully our burdens over to God, and thank Him in advance for the answer we have asked for in prayer; our requests which we have made known to Him. We will see the victory!
He is faithful! Praise Him for His provision, Praise Him for His healing, Praise Him for His restoration, and take a stand on His word and remember He is the provider we are NOT!
When Satan starts shaking your mountain, stand in your authority and speak to that mountain in the name of Jesus! Then thank Him and shout for the victory!
We are here to represent Jesus on this earth, and that means we are going to have to walk in faith. Not just any of kind of faith either. God’s kind of faith! And Paul gave very specific instructions of how we are to act. Now it is our choice, we can stay where we are, or we can choose to believe the Word of God and stand on it, in faith believing!