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Thursday, February 20, 2014

I Can't Do it Anymore.

"I just don't know how I'm going to do this." Words that are usually uttered by someone who is overwhelmed with a problem or problems that seem way too big or too much at once. Have you ever felt that way? I have. 
Sometimes it does seem that EVERYTHING is being stacked upon you. One by one you might be able to handle these things but all at once, Wow! You feel that you are going to break under the weight.

When I begin to feel this way, I have to sit myself down and get myself together. First, I ask God to calm me and slow me down enough to THINK about what needs done. Second, I get a pen and paper and write down each issue separately. Third, draw a line through any problems that aren't real, the ones that are, what-ifs. (Don't borrow trouble.) Fourth, choose the problems that are beyond your control, the ones that worry you, but that you have no control over. Put them into their own section. Now you are left with the ones that you can tackle.
Stop again. You should now have 3 groups.

The What-ifs:
We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:5 NASB) the word of God tells us to destroy What-ifs and take them captive. These speculations have a bondage over your mind if you do not destroy them and capture them. Worry is NOT TRUSTING GOD! Period.

Beyond Control Problems:
Bear one another's burdens, and thereby fulfill the law of Christ. (Galatians 6:2 NASB) share these problems with a trusted friend. Share your worries and fears with them and then ask them to pray with you. It will ease your mind and lighten your load knowing that someone else cares too. Pray the prayer that will never fail you, "God, Your will be done in this matter."

Now you are left with the issues that you can try to solve:
Again, stop and pray and ask God to give you wisdom, guidance and strength. Next, prioritize this list in order of which troubles you the least to what troubles you the most. 
I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NASB) you know that God can and will give you strength to battle problems. He gives this strength in a way that you not be expecting. In quietness and trust is your strength." (Isaiah 30:15 NASB) yes, that's right, your strength comes from quietness and trust. In other words, God says, let me handle this. 
Obediently allow Him to lead you to solutions. Use the guidance and wisdom that He offers you. By believing and trusting that God will guide you, you can have peace in your heart and mind that you need not be overwhelmed.
Knowing this will not only give you peace but will bring you joy.   Do not be grieved, for the joy of the Lord is your strength." (Nehemiah 8:10 NASB)

I am praying for you. 

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