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A Battle Plan For Overcoming Concern

A Battle Plan for Overcoming Concern  

by Jennifer Maggio 

 

By the point I used to be 21 years outdated, I had suffered a lifetime of disappointments. Each of my mother and father have been lifeless, in addition to all my grandparents and most of my aunts and uncles. I had seen extra demise than most do in a lifetime. I used to be pregnant a number of instances exterior of marriage, which carries its personal disgrace and embarrassment. I had been homeless, lived on authorities help, and struggled to place meals on the desk as a single mother. I had already parented alone for a number of years and had no method of figuring out that I’d go on to mum or dad much more years alone. And all of these issues formed me and molded me with concern.  

However the journey I embarked upon a number of years again was far worse than I may have even imagined. Ten years in the past, I made a decision to stroll away from my cozy job in Company America and settle for this name on my life to minister to single mothers nationally. I used to be scared and felt ill-equipped, however I did it anyway. Three single mothers confirmed up in my front room. I did not know what to say to them. They checked out me. I checked out them.  It was onerous. 

3 mothers, became 75 single mothers, then 75 single mothers, became 500 single mothers. And the ministry shortly grew. Earlier than lengthy, our ministry was ministering to a number of 1000’s across the globe, however for each success, I skilled in ministry, there was a fair greater assault personally.  

First, there appeared to at all times be extra debt than {dollars}. Then, my kids have been plagued with numerous unexpected surgical procedures, and there was even much less cash. After which there have been the tough teen years that I used to be parenting by means of, the place I failed miserably, many days. And the instances I secretly wished to give up ministry altogether, as a result of I did not really feel I measured up.  

After which there was that point, a number of years in the past, on August 16, 2016, once I misplaced every little thing I owned within the historic flooding that occurred in Louisiana that you simply doubtless did not even hear about.  Standing in dirty garments, crying, as you’re employed 18 hours a day to tug every bit of furnishings you have ever owned to the road, is difficult.  Taking a look at child footage of your kids that you recognize you’ll by no means personal once more is difficult.  And if I am being sincere, concern swept over me.  In all these cases, concern suffocated me.  

Concern had crushed me down and strangled the life from me. It was gradual, and I often masked it properly. However most days, I spent my time crying uncontrollably. That is what concern does. It strangles, immobilizes, subtracts, withers, crushes, and shatters. It grips our soul and snatches each dream. What as soon as was the enjoyment of the Lord by some means turns into changed with anger and hopelessness. Concern encourages us to surrender and settle for the distress of existence versus the thrill of a God-led pursuit. 

Many single mothers are combating concern and permitting it to take your voice and strangle you immediately. But, your Father in Heaven paid for you to have an considerable life, free from concern and fear and nervousness. There are three issues that we will do that may permits us to grasp concern and transfer into the liberty Christ paid for us to have. 

  1. Acknowledge what concern is. If concern did not come from the Lord, then who gave it to us? As Christians, we should perceive that concern was given to us by Devil as a mere tactic to maintain us distracted and, after all, for the plans the Lord has for us. We should perceive it for what’s, then understand now we have the authority to dispel concern with the ability of Christ’s shed blood.  For God has not given us a spirit of concern and timidity, however of energy, love, and  sound thoughts. 1 Timothy 1:7

  2. Search God till he takes away our fears. Preserve pursuing freedom from concern, even when every little thing round you appears scary and hopeless and limitless. Preserve asking God to ship you from the concern that’s being pressured upon you.  Carry on asking, and you’ll obtain what you ask for. Carry on looking for, and you can see. Carry on knocking, and the door can be opened to you. For everybody who asks, receives. Everybody who seeks finds. And to everybody who knocks, the door will open. Matthew 7:7-8 

  3. Communicate the reality. Communicate reality over your concern, even when you do not really feel like, even when it appears inconceivable, and even when it is the toughest factor you have ever achieved. When Moses died, I’m positive that Joshua was afraid of what God was now calling him to do within the ebook of Joshua. I’m positive he had no thought of how he would lead the Israelites. He by no means anticipated to be in that scenario. Do you end up in an surprising scenario immediately? Are you terrified of your future? Your child’s selections? Your funds? Your marriage? Your singleness? God’s phrase guarantees you victory, authority, and energy. Nobody will be capable to stand in opposition to you so long as you reside. For I can be with you as I used to be with Moses. I can’t fail you or abandon you. Joshua 1:5  

Do not clamor in a nook like one with no hope. You’re a daughter of the King of Kings. You’re greater than a conqueror in Christ. That problem, that factor you’re going through, is just not greater than your God. He won’t ever go away you. When concern comes for you, do not retreat and permit it to strangle you. Prepare for warfare. Wage warfare in opposition to the evil one who has tried to misinform you and steal the enjoyment God has paid so that you can have. Take authority and stand in opposition to it.