We are living in a time of unprecedented challenges for ourselves and our families.
There are times when we can feel concerned and anxious about what is happening around us.
It is unreal to think that we must always appear to ‘have it all together’ and are able to float above it all.
God wants to ‘pop’ that bubble of unreality.
We are human! God made us and knows us!
It really isn’t a problem that we feel this way.
He isn’t afraid of our thoughts and questions. He never judges us harshly or tells us to ‘get a grip’.
How DOES HE respond to our feelings?
With words of Affirmation, Support and Encouragement!
Q. How SHOULD WE respond to these feelings?
A. With a Change of Focus!
We need to change our mindset from a human perspective to a Heavenly one!
King David did just that.
He spoke to his own soul first (v5-7) and then was in a place to encourage others (v8).
Psalm 62:5-8 A Psalm of David
Yes, my soul, find rest in God;
my hope comes from him.
Truly he is my rock and my salvation;
he is my fortress, I will not be shaken..
My salvation and my honour depend on God
he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
Trust in him at all times, you people;
pour out your hearts to him,
for God is our refuge.
At this time of year the blossom petals are being blown off the trees and look like wedding confetti.
Seeing this one day I sensed the Lord say:-
“I am fully committed to my people. My Covenant to this world is unchanging”.
“I so loved the world that I gave my Son and I still love it in the same way”.
We just need to lift our eyes from the visible realm to the invisible.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18
For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
5 Keys to Changing our Perspective
1) Press Pause!
Take Time to process things with Him. Just you and Him.
Even if it’s a pause of 2 minutes in a busy day, stop and look at Him.
“Holy Spirit, come and fill me please”.
“Show me how you see things”.
David in the Psalms expresses his fears and frustrations to God but by the end of the Psalm his perspective changes and he is worshipping Him.
As parents with our children, when they are nervous and unsure, a gentle and loving squeeze of the hand says “I love you and I am here with you”. This brings peace and security.
God does that to us!
For I am the Lord your God
who takes hold of your right hand
and says to you, Do not fear;
I will help you.
2) Allow him to be your comfort!
TV, Food, Friends, Social Media etc can all be a source of comfort but can never be a substitute for Him.
Go to Him to be God in your life.
Allow Him to replace your weakness with his strength.
3) Pray- Declare – Speak in Tongues – Worship!
Declare – Life, Health and Blessing over your yourself, your family, your community, the world.
Edifying ourselves by speaking in tongues shifts our focus and culminates in worship. (1 Cor 14:15)
4) Listen to what He wants to say to you!
It is so easy to do all the talking, especially when we are anxious.
While it’s good to talk, it’s important to listen.
When I am concerned about something, I hear a loud strong voice say:-
“I am in control and I am on the throne”
“Sarah do you trust me”?
There can only be one answer – “Yes God, I trust you”.
With trust, comes peace, joy and hope.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace – as you trust in him – so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
5) Give thanks
Cultivate a thankful heart.
Thanking him – for this time to invest in our family relationships!
Thanking him – for his material provision and blessings!
Thanking Him – for who He is!
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
🎵Turn your eyes upon Jesus, look full in his wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of his glory and grace 🎵
Reflections is produced by Ian Jones based on a message by Sarah Kelly.
To listen to Sarah’s full message ‘click here’.