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I’m always anxious to fix a problem.
I’m guilty of trying to work the situation out in my mind before praying for help. And when things don’t go as I’ve planned, I panic on the inside, but when if I standon God’s promises first and wait for direction before I launch into repair mode, I don’t suffer the frustration and worry that plague me when I don’t go the Word first.
I’m learning I can’t stand on my emotions because they can change as quickly as the clouds in the sky. If I’m having a good day and blessings overflow, life is good and God is good. But even after years of faith, when the gray emotional clouds roll in, and problems arise, my faith legs grow shaky and doubts slither in.
I lose my footing.
But we cannot trust those fickle emotions thatrunhavoc in our thoughts.
We can only stand on the Word of God, because it’s the only thing that does not change, and it’s not subject to our moods. In fact, Scripture can cause those gray clouds to dissipate.
Here are 5 promises of God and prayers we can praythat can help bad days become good ones:
- Ezekiel 36:26-27: I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. And I will put my Spirit in you and move you to follow my decrees and be careful to keep my laws.
“Lord, thank you for your Spirit. Fill me. Calm me. Soften my rocky heart, and move me to trust you.”
- Romans 8:1-2: Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death.
“Lord, when I feel condemned, show me the truth. Show me the root of my heaviness and free me.”
- 2 Corinthians 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
“Thank you, Lord! I want to be like you. Make me like you. Transform me every day to love more.”
- Psalm 34:7: The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him,
and he delivers them.
“Lord, I know you love me and protect me. Help me feel your presence.”
- Psalm 91: 14-15: “Because heloves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.”
“Help me love you more Lord!”
Take a deep breath and slowly let it out, maybe go back and read those verses again and write down the one that speaks to you.
The God we place our faith in today is the same one who made these promises thousands of years ago. The words reveal his character and MOA (mode of operation.)
In Psalm 91:14,15 God promises rescue, protection, and his presence to those who “love” him. This word in the Hebrew text means “to be attached, to love, have pleasure in, delight in.” (Key Word Bible).
When was the last time you simply delighted in Jesus?
Jesus promised the disciples that there would be trouble in this world, but he had overcome (John 16:33). We may only have that part of the verse memorized and wonder why life is still so hard if Jesus has overcome. But the beginning of this verse says, “I have told you these things to give you peace.”
His word will give us peace.
We just need to go to it first.
If these verses encouraged you, come join me in my kitchen Monday-Friday mornings at 8:20 ET via Facebook Live for the Bite of Bread broadcast. It’s a great way to start your day with a teaching that will encourage you and speak life into those hungry places. Nothing can feed our soul like the Word of God. Bring your coffee, Bible, and journal to take notes. Come dig deep with us to live fully! Friend me on Facebook (Andy Lee (Andrea Stone)). Or go to my website for more information. www.wordsbyandylee.com.
Andy Lee is the author of A Mary Like Me: Flawed Yet Called (Leafwood, 2016) and The Book of
Ruth Key Word Bible Study: A 31-Day Journey to Hope and Promise (AMG 2015). She Is a blogger, speaker, retired military wife and cat lover. Every weekday she teaches a Bible study on Facebook Live to hundreds of viewers. Visit her at www.wordsbyandylee.com to read more of her insight and encouragement and find out more about the daily broadcasts. Andy Lee digs deep to live fully. Come join her.