What is it about us humans that want someone to understand us, to carry our burdens or share in them, to care for them, that make us run to a human when something goes wrong? Is it pity we want? Do we want to feel important enough to someone else, wanting them to care for us?
Change your attitude to change your situation – or so the world tells us.
I have been going through a lot of numerous trials these past couple years and I have a few close friends who would call me continually and ask me the details of the continuing saga that seemed to stream into my life, most of which to no fault of my own.
I thought that I would find relief in sharing, but it was temporary. At times I stated that I didn’t want to share but they insisted that it would make me feel better, pursued my refusals until I finally did. I didn’t feel better. I felt worse AND the situations continued to happen. It seemed like everywhere I looked, a sink hole would open up with no idea how to get through it.
I eventually found myself crying out “I’m SO TIRED” all of the time, hoping to be lifted up and carried, like the good Samaritan lifted the beaten up from the road and carried Him to theInn, but that didn’t happen.
“Cast all your anxieties on Him for He cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7)
The Lord’s word shares much about taking our cares, our anxieties to Him but little do we know how to do that, let alone LEAVE them there.
A friend in Christ asked about a situation, she asked, so I told her, and she chastised me for speaking the negative into the air, “where the enemy lives” and knows just where to hit me. I started getting revelation after revelation about my attitude, how focusing on the negative, in worry and strife, held me bondage to the seen conditions and didn’t focus my mind on the Lord, and not only what He had planned for me but what He was already DOING.
“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,”declares the LORD. – Isaiah 55:8
When I claimed I was tired, I truly was beaten down and weak, but no one carried me to theInn, no one prayed for me and I did not “shore myself up” with prayer buddies. The friends who wanted to care for me, who had hearts to care for me, where not prayer warriors, and I felt worse and worse when I shared with them, knowing that they carried my burden but not to the cross but on their backs. I felt as if I became a nuisance and had to turn to the only one who COULD carry my burdens: the Lord.
Do everything without grumbling or arguing,- Philippians 2:14
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. -1 Peter 5:6
The Lord led me one morning to the two scriptures above, speaking one over and over again to me upon waking, and then told me to look up the other and put them together in a “new STRATEGY”. I saw this as “warfare” and how to move forward into the new season.
A friend had been praying for me and speaking about “passing over”, and I knew I needed that, to PASS OVER into the new, out of these situations but out of my thinking of being a wounded soldier unable to get up, and start to FIGHT. Another friend who had been praying for me reminded me of the power of God’s word for my health, which was not in good shape, and the Lord reminded me also about His word and the Power of it;
“Is not my word like fire,” declares the LORD, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces? – Jeremiah 23:29
So a floodgate has opened, breakthrough, a new season, as I got back into my time with Him, asked the Lord “where Lord” when I picked up my bible, dug into worship time upon waking, listened for that still small voice but with more time devoted only to HIM.
I also have been heeding the warning about what I speak, for I also know that comes out of the heart and speaking negative situations, no matter how true they may be or SEEM, is speaking negative over myself and I need to speak LIFE, POWER and TRUTH over myself, to not look to what is seen but to what is UNSEEN, to the Lord and all of His glory, to all that He is and said He is to us; His attributes, His truth, His blessings, His power, His love for me and His plan.
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.- Jeremiah 29:11
And come into agreement with what is yet to come, thanking Him at every turn for what His promises state, speaking life into the negative situations. Thank the Lord today for what you do not see today but that you know it’s His heart to give, whether it be a right relationship restored, a right attitude, a right financial situation, any trials that you can see, write them down but do not speak them, and then go one by one and dedicate them out loud over to the Lord Jesus for HIS control.
Thank Father God that He is working in your life for He has not left your side and He has gone far ahead of you and will work out all things for the glory of those who love him. It’s HIS PROMISE!
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a]have been called according to his purpose.- Romans 8:28
“The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8 )
“And the glory of the Lord will protect you from behind.” -Isaiah 58:9
“for the LORD will be at your side and will keep your foot from being snared.” -Proverbs 3:26
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.- Philippians 4:6