Set Your Gaze

Anxiety. This looming giant in a deep valley threatens, taunts, intimidates, incapacitates, and paralyzes. This giant is real. And it can be deadly.

Anxiety and its cousins—panic, worry, fear and dread—is complex. There are spiritual, mental, physical, emotional, genetic, and circumstantial factors that can cause us to fall into the grip of depression, pulling us away from those we love and shuttering our ability to deal with everyday life. To underestimate the problem, or blow it off with a, hey, shrug it off and bounce back mentality, is a mistake.

I know this because I have suffered defeat in this valley in years past. Yet, I also know there is a way to overcome anxiety. I know first hand that you can emerge on the other side of depression and dread, and live to tell about someone who is more powerful than whatever has a grip on you. I am not offering a quick fix, nor a promise that you will escape the fight. But I’d like to tell you about a champion, a giant-slayer, who is on your side in the battle.

I have heard stories of others struggling with anxiety that sound similar to mine, yet every person’s battle is different and every experience is unique. A “one-size-fits-all” approach isn’t going to be helpful here.

But coming to terms with the formidable size of this giant in no way diminishes the promise of God—you can live free from the demoralizing grip of anxiety.

It’s imperative for you to know that you are not standing helplessly alone in your valley. God Almighty is with you and he is fighting for you. In fact, he’s already taken on every “Goliath” and won!


⬆️ Above devotional called: Putting an X Through Anxiety: a seven day journey with Louie Giglio.⬆️


Friend,

the world around us seems to grow crazier by the hour. I don’t know what your future holds, what struggles weigh your soul or if the storm of depression, anxiety or even thoughts of contemplating suicide rage within. But this I do know, I know who holds your future.

Let’s choose today, right now, together to set our gaze on HIM: not ourselves, not the circumstance, not this world…but Him.

We will not ignore the behemoth beast called fear, worry, panic, or anxiety that has gripped our soul, but we will choose to lift our eyes and see someone bigger and more powerful—someone who loves us unconditionally and has plans to lead us in this life…God.

Jeremiah 29:11-13 says, “For I know the plans and thoughts that I have for you,’ says the Lord, ‘plans for peace and well-being and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call on Me and you will come and pray to Me, and I will hear [your voice] and I will listen to you. Then [with a deep longing] you will seek Me and require Me [as a vital necessity] and [you will] find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.

I am praying for you,

Colleen
In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}

Just Maybe God’s Smarter Than a Human

Have you ever limited God?

In our own minds…at least once, I believe we have. It could have been a fleeting moment, a thought turned to action of, “I’ve got one over” on God. Somehow, someway we think we got our own way, but frankly, who of us could say we have “out-witted” God? Who of us could say we limited God’s plan? Who of us could say I’m more brilliant, wise, all knowing than the Almighty God? Most of us would say, “no one!” yet many of us live, thus act, like it in such subtle ways and justify it.

We can claim things like “I’m human” or “we’re on this side of eternity” and I’d agree with you. We certainly are human; we are most definitely on this side of eternity, therefore, affected by our own sinful nature, but I do beg to differ here. Aren’t we putting God in our own-preconceived-God-box? Isn’t God bigger than our boxed version of Himself? Aren’t we to be transformed by the renewing of our minds, therefore, putting on Christ-likeness?

We protect, we run, we lash out, we whine, we find all sorts of methods to convince ourselves that we are right and somehow God has gotten it wrong. That somehow God doesn’t understand; His plan or will is not what we think is best; we convince ourselves, “I’m the only one” by choice which exalts ourself and debases God.

At some point, we wonder why our outcome is what it is, we grow angry and often times blame the very one we rejected in the first place, God.

So, maybe it is time for a biblical mindset that will lead us to a mind change, heart change thus a life change. If your version of life isn’t working out so well, maybe…just maybe God’s purpose for you is better than what you thought or what you think you want!

  • Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans that I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.”
  • Matthew 6:33 ” But seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.”
  • Jeremiah 33:3 “Call unto Me and I will answer thee, and show the great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”
  • Psalm 145:18 “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him on truth.”
  • Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”
  • Psalm 119:165 “Those who love Your law have great peace, and nothing causes them to stumble.”

So just maybe…God’s purpose for you is better than you think.

In Christ I am SHE {Saved. Hopeful. Empowered.}