“Don’t be intimidated in any way by your enemies. This will be a sign to them that they are going to be destroyed, but that you are going to be saved, even by God himself (Philippians 1:28).”
“And when he comes, he will convict the world of its sin, and of God’s righteousness, and of the coming judgment (John 16:8).”
“And God will use this persecution to show his justice and to make you worthy of his Kingdom, for which you are suffering (2 Thessalonians 1:5).”
We are met with two results –
- Saved by God Himself.
- Destroyed by the enemy.
The question I have to ask myself is this: “How big do I believe God is?”
I need to be so close to the Lord that genuine fear (versus a chronic mental health concern) is the furthest thing from my mind because our God is mighty and able to save me and everyone else on the planet!
I am not saying, I will never be anxious or afraid. I have PTSD. It comes with the territory. But, I think my anxiety might not be as intense in my daily battle against it – if I was much much closer to the Lord (well, that and my stress level was much lower!)
So, I have to ask… What’s stopping me from getting closer, much more, to my Savior? In the middle of chronic illness, anxiety, stressful situations, and family, I know there are specific ways that I can live out James 4:7 and 8 – which states: “So humble yourselves before God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Come close to God, and God will come close you. Wash your hands, you sinners; purify your hearts, for your loyalty is divided between God and the world.”
Here are a few that I am inconsistent in:
- Prayer Time. YouVersion is a big asset for me in this area. Utilize their “Prayer” section.
- Read the Bible. Just read. If you are at all able to (with as little distractions as possible).
Know this: Sometimes or often, chronic illness makes it where our activity is not determined by our faith in Christ but by our health.
Generally, our faith hasn’t caused our anxiety or chronic illness. I believe that it is so the glory of the Lord can be shown to a people who desperately need to know our Savior – Jesus Christ!
Our God is much bigger than anything we may come up against in this world. Having prayer time may not cure my daily anxiety, but He is going to give me everything I need to get through it.
And, He wants to help us, so we aren’t terrified of our enemies or other things beyond our control.
Question of the Day: What is the size of your God?
NKJV: “… and not in any way terrified by your adversaries, which is to them a proof of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that from God.”
NIV: “without being frightened in any way by those who oppose you. This is a sign to them that they will be destroyed, but that you will be saved—and that by God.”
Memory Verse: Philippians 1:27