Do you ever feel like you’re drowning? Like somehow while the world around you is basking in the beauty of a perfectly sunny day, you’re simply trying to find your way to the surface of the pool of water you seem to be suffocated in? Like somehow fog, hail, rain and wind have joined forces and you are trapped underneath them all? Thoughts scrambled, fears elevated, blood pressure heightened, faith shaking while you stare through the fog hoping it will end. With your mind running in a million directions – you gasp for breath.
You and I may be quite alike. As I sit here tapping on my keyboard, I am thinking of situations in life where there seems to be no answer, no firm resolve, just more questions. The other day I was in such a moment. My mind was spinning and fearful “what if” thoughts were my company. It was as though fear were my companion and his arms were draped around my shoulders daring me to dispute his convincing arguments. Being the domestic goddess that I am after 3 months of marital bliss, I was cleaning. So, I put down my dusting rag and sat on my bedroom floor, looked to the heavens and begged God to make my mind stop. Quietly as I sat there, I found myself asking to know what is True. Slowly God began to give me some direction… and I’m finding what He is showing me to be an incredibly liberating act of spiritual warfare. Because all good steps come in three, I do believe there are (at least) three steps that I am finding to be very effective in keeping the lateral noise (fear due to circumstances in life) from crippling my faith, weakening my joy, and making me walk in fear.
Pursue Confession – Sprinting to the loved one you trust most and confessing the fear, disbelief or obsessive questions seems to quickly disarm the torment. It’s amazing what can happen the minute the real, God-honest thoughts come to light… They seem a little less true.
Get Out – Declaration is powerful. A previous colleague of mine told me one time that declaration is different that stating. When you state something, you’re talking about the natural. When you declare it you’re speaking into the supernatural. Declaration is active. Stating is passive. I’d advise you get out of the storm. Find something you know is True and declare it. Declare it like you’d declare your first, middle and last name to the judge. If fear is your enemy and it’s been knocking on your door— Declare Truth. God is bigger than Fear. God is bigger than the unknown. Declare it until you believe it. Declare it until it feels like you are looking at the fog, rain, hail and wind beneath you and no longer around you. Once again, declaring Truth has a way of disarming lies.
Love Being Above – Storms are cyclical. One leaves, another one comes. We’d all like to believe that we can have perfection on this earth, but it just isn’t going to happen. However, if we can learn to operate and live above the storm, then the joy and hope we will have in this life will exponentially increase. Once you’ve gotten out you can get above. With the understanding that I may start sounding crazy spiritual I really believe that learning how to look at circumstances, declare Truth and stay above the storm is to stay in the Word. Love having Godly perspective. Spend time uncovering new Truths from the Bible that you can stand on. Staying in the Word is so important to living a life of victory. And when you love being above the stormy circumstances in life, you’ll put forth the effort and will quickly find it to be effortless. With an arsenal of God-breathed declarations, it’ll be easier to hold fast to joy and hope as you run to the Bible for solace.
Hebrews 10:23 (NIV)
Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.