Living In Confidence With Life Pressures
Be careful (anxious) for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus – Philippians 4:6-7.
Many people are suffering from depression, anxiety, and hopelessness because they place more faith in what they can or cannot do rather than placing their trust and confidence in God and His plan for their life. Things hit us by surprise, but nothing surprises God.
In today’s uncertain world, many of us are under a lot of pressure; the way we react to that pressure determines whether we will succeed or fail. Everyone is under pressure, the unbeliever as well as the believer, but the believer should be placing their confidence in God and not what they see or feel.Many Christians can handle pressure or adversity in their walk with the Lord as long as everything is going fine and Satan isn’t exerting too much pressure on them they are okay. The minute they encounter problems or things aren’t falling into place the way they desire, many go to pieces. No matter what comes in our life, as Christians, we should have “Now Faith” (Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen – Hebrews 11:1). Life can bring problems and issues that will knock the wind out of you, but even so, our confidence should be in the God we serve.
Nothing takes God by surprise, nothing is too hard for God. There are times God will deliver us immediately, and then there are times, He will allow us to sit in it for awhile to stir our faith in Him and not what we’re seeing or feeling. When encountering a crisis, many people fail to keep their minds stayed on the Lord; they focus on the negative and only what they see is going wrong. Instead of believing their situation can have a positive outcome; focusing on the problem has never solved the problem but will give the person high blood pressure, aneurysm, strokes and heart attacks. Focusing on God’s Word will build faith, and will cast out doubt and worry. To rise above pressure you have to think on the right things. You must replace negative thoughts with good and positive thoughts; doubt has to always be replaced with faith.
The Apostle Paul instructed the Philippians to have the mind of Christ, not wavering in their faith (Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus- Philippians 2:5). The mind of Jesus knows the Father has already taken care of the problem or issue. Problems and issues can be small or great depending on the way we think about them. Satan wants to keep you thinking on the problem so that your faith will become faithless. God knew we would have issues and problems in life, this is why He left us a life manual to follow on this journey to the kingdom of God. Jesus has instructed the believer to come to Him (Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls – Matthew 11:28-29).
Rest comes to our souls when we place our trust in the Father and Son. We have been instructed when we pray, to pray in the name of Jesus. When we pray, Jesus takes the prayers to the Father on our behalf, and our prayers are answered immediately or delayed. You are a child of God, no matter what comes into your life will not prosper. The God you worshiper is the Creator of the universe, He’s the God that speaks to nothing and makes something. He’s the God that all flesh and spirits must bow too. Lift up your head, trust God to deliver or supply every one of your needs, God loves you more than you love yourself. God will never leave you or forsake you. He is the only One that is all seeing, all knowing and all powerful.