(Post by: Lilly Hobbs)
How do you react to bad news? Are you sometimes caught off guard by the things you hear at school, work, or on the news? As humans, we have this tendency to obsess over the things that we don’t like or the bad news we hear/receive because we are so desperate to be in control of the situation.
Unbelievers tend to run to the wrong means in order to escape their difficulties. Christians can do the same when our minds yield to the present pressure placed on us by the world.
Charles Spurgeon once said, “If you should be filled with alarm like others, you would no doubt be led into the sins so common to them under trying circumstances.”
This has really been on my heart the last couple of weeks. Do we, as Christians, not have a hope that remains even in the thick of the fight? Do we not have the ability, through our King, to stand firm when the world shifts? Have we not built upon the rock that the gates of hell cannot prevail against?
Whether we want to recognize it or not, you and I were made for 2021, and God didn’t put us here to be stressed out or overcome by the world. He has a much bigger purpose for our time and for this generation.
I believe that wholeheartedly today.
I’m sure it could be said that most of our minds resemble battlefields right now. Maybe you feel as if evil is surrounding you on every side, or perhaps you continue to analyze every detail of the news, or maybe you have lost all the strength you thought you had buried deep down inside.
Maybe you feel like the biggest mess right now.
In order for us to win the mind game, we must live in the Lord’s presence. You cannot live as part of the world without taking on a worldly mindset as well. Christians are called to renew our minds by focusing on the will of God. The Lord has not called us to live stressful and chaotic lives. We bring that upon ourselves through our own choices and actions. We choose to bear burdens that we don’t have to, and that God has told us we shouldn’t.
I can confidently write that every time I have been in the Jesus’ presence, I have never felt overwhelmed with fear and anxiety because His perfect love casts out all of my fear (1 John 4:18). However, when I get distracted and focused on me and all of my personal problems, I feel nothing but stressed and overcome with insecurity and fear.
Whenever we are met with the present pressure of our age, we must rest under the shelter of His mighty wings knowing that when we are with Him, we are protected.
C.S. Lewis wrote a passage in his series titled, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe that I have found to be a message from Heaven itself. It says, “Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he-quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
Friends, we have a strong and fierce King! He is good. So incredibly good. Do you believe that today?
Your mind may be a battlefield right now, but you have hope because of the God who has not and will not waver. Hold on to Him; stay steady. Our redemption is near.
“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in His Word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning. Israel, put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with Him is full redemption.” (Psalm 130:5-7)
SO WHAT IS YOUR RESPONSE?
= Does your mind yield to the present pressure?
= Are you often left feeling overwhelmed?
= What are you going to do differently?