Running around in circles, day in and day out. From one problem to the next. That is not how I want to live my life. Running and running just to stay one step behind every time. That is just it though; To know what we are doing and why we are doing it, is not enough to give us peace. Some times it is to know that everything we do in life will always make a difference as long as we are doing it for the right reasons. That is what will give us peace. If everything we do, is God blessed and can bring glory to His name, then it is the right thing. Do not let that worry you or scare you.
For example; Cussing out a fellow classmate, or employee, is not the right thing to do. You know how I know that; because God told us to forgive one another and not use anger towards anything. It is so difficult, especially on bad days.
I know that when I pray and give my anxieties to God, then it is easier for me to function everyday. I can see better, hear better, and my heart does not hurt anymore. I end up with a supernatural peace in my spirit. I have a hope again. Running meaninglessly in circles is something I try my hardest every day NOT TO DO. The only way I can keep that up, the only way I can breathe, the only way I can not panic constantly; is through prayer. It is through giving everything I carry to God. Asking for discernment to know what is truly important and what is not. I have to be in the word everyday to feed my spirit. I have to know what the word says so I can hear Gods voice better and all the time, through everything.
Awhile back I wrote an article about why I go to church. I figured out recently a couple things I should have added. I know the general thought process, for “unbelievers” or people who do not believe in God; Is that people go to church to save their souls and not go to hell. Well I know in my heart I am not going to hell. Jesus said, 16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. John 3:16; That means that since I believe in Him, I will not perish. I do not go to church so I will not go to hell; it says right there I am already not going there. I go to church to help feed my spirit. I go to fellowship with other people who struggle everyday with all of the same things I do. I go to give my cares to God and worship Him with everything I have. I go to give Him my anxieties, my fears, and my struggles, and let Him replace those things with His peace, His love, and His strength. To fill my spirit with the good, so it blocks out the bad. So everyday of the rest of the week, I can hear Him better, I can hear Him better through His word, and I can hear Him better in prayer. Reading my bible, staying in His word EVERYDAY helps me so much. But it is not complete without communion with my fellow “survivors” as well.
I know that anxiety and hate, that panic and chaos are not of my God, I also know He can take them away. The process I have been living through the last few months of my life has not been easy. I know I have lost loved ones, I know I have found no joy in some of the meaningless things I used to enjoy doing. The only way I can survive, and not panic at every little thing, is through my God who has already won this war, and I know it is my job to constantly fight each battle with power.
So running in circles, is something I do not have to do anymore. It is something I do not have to settle with. It is something I can fight! I know it. I know as long as I stay in the word everyday, pray constantly, and keep my head pointed in the right direction, that even times I fail, there is still victory that can and will be found.
I used to and sometimes still do struggle with anxiety, the only cure for it that seriously works IS the Holy Spirit. The green tea and dark chocolate, that “relieves anxiety”, the yoga, wine, daily exercise, and all those other “anxiety relievers” I have found, have nothing on the Word of God, they have nothing on prayer, and they have NOTHING on the Holy Spirit who is our helper and our strength.
Anyway, this article is getting kind of long and I have plenty to get done tonight so I will cut this one short and maybe come back to the subject in one of our later articles. I love you all, but God truly loves you all more. I hope and pray you all have learned something useful and helpful. Keep having a wonderful week!
In God is my salvation and my glory; The rock of my strength, And my refuge, is in God. Psalm 62:7 NKJV
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Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing. And we urge you, brethren, to recognize those who labor among you, and are over you in the Lord and admonish you, and to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. Be at peace among yourselves. Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophecies. Test all things; hold fast what is good. Abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. Brethren, pray for us. Greet all the brethren with a holy kiss. I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read to all the holy brethren. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen. I Thessalonians 5:11-28 NKJV
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!5 Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand.6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. 10 But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to [abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.14 Nevertheless you have done well that you shared in my distress. 15 Now you Philippians know also that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church shared with me concerning giving and receiving but you only. 16 For even in Thessalonica you sent aid once and again for my necessities. 17 Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the fruit that abounds to your account. 18 Indeed I have all and abound. I am full, having received from Epaphroditus the things sent from you, a sweet-smelling aroma, an acceptable sacrifice, well pleasing to God. 19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. 20 Now to our God and Father be glory forever and ever. Amen. 21 Greet every saint in Christ Jesus. The brethren who are with me greet you. 22 All the saints greet you, but especially those who are of Caesar’s household. 23 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen. Philippians 4:4-23 NKJV