It is Well
[mk_dropcaps style="fancy-style"]C[/mk_dropcaps]onfession: Lately I've been having a lot more anxious thoughts. From work, to health, to situations going on with family and friends. However, far more than ever in the past while these thoughts have come in my mind they haven't camped out. In the past I would willingly participate in the roller coaster ride that is my emotions and fears. After riding them for even a short while I'd be shocked with how stressed out I felt. Our emotions follow our thoughts and that creates a vicious cycle if we don't break it. The thing is it all starts with the thoughts we feed. The more you think about it the more you fuel that thought.
I'm so grateful that we have the power of the word of God to break that cycle and get off the "crazy coaster." Here are a few of the versus that have help me arrest myself from stepping foot out into the downward spiral of anxiety:
[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.- Philippians 4:6-7[/mk_blockquote]
When you shift your focus to God, giving him your worries, He will return for it peace and His protection. That is an incredible deal!
[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]Bless the Lord, O my soul;And all that is within me, bless His holy name! Bless the Lord, O my soul, And forget not all His benefits: Who forgives all your iniquities, Who heals all your diseases, Who redeems your life from destruction,Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies, Who satisfies your mouth with good things, So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.- Psalms 103:1-5[/mk_blockquote]
I find so much comfort in the reminder of all the Lord has done. When I shift focus off my problems, and into a position of gratitude it stills the waves of fear within. Reciting this verse reminds me of what His promises are toward me. I believe God takes pride when we remind Him of His word for He can't lie. It brings Him pride because we are exercising our authority on this side of heaven to draw the kingdom of heaven down to earth.
You see no matter what happens, good or bad the truth that God is with you never changes. I think of the old and yet timeless hymn "It is Well with my Soul," a portion of the lyrics go like this:
[mk_blockquote style="line-style" font_family="none" text_size="16" align="center"]It is well, (it is well), With my soul, (with my soul) It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come, Let this blest assurance control, That Christ has regarded my helpless estate, And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin, oh, the bliss of this glorious thought! My sin, not in part but the whole, Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more, Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul![/mk_blockquote]
If you read the story on the author of this song. He knew more than his fair share of pain and loss. What breaks us out of fear into a state where we know "It is well" is a simple reminder of truth. Repeating it over and over not out of obligation, but in faith. However many times it takes to get your focus off the problem and back onto the Lord. It doesn't mean the feelings go away immediately or that the significance of the situation is diminished. It means that you refuse to let pain, fear, and anxiety occupy what space is meant for your heavenly Father. These verses aren't mere words, but the keys into heaven to bring shift and change to our circumstances.
My prayer today is that if you're experiencing some challenges or trials today, big or small, that you make some space in your heart and spirit for the power of these truths to rest. As you do I believe the Lord is going to move in your life in a powerfully refreshing way.