So we have talked a lot about the different things that can come up in tension for us and for our children. We have talked about how tension shows up in our lives. We have also seen biblical evidence of tension which gives us hope here, today. So what do we do now? Make sure that we stand solid on two methods of attacking it. Real world and spiritual.
Did you know the command “Do not be afraid” is found in the Bible 365 times? Interesting that there is exactly the same number of days in a year. I do not think this is a coincidence. The command is not admonishing us for some lack of faith or not trying hard enough. It is a reminder for us each day that troubles may come but to not be afraid and rely on God. We must combat the things we fear with the biblical truth. Psalm 27:1 says, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7. He knows that sometimes we are just hurting inside. These are times when He holds us closer, and we can rest in that promise. Psalm 34:18 says, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” So we can use the Word of God not only as a reference, a page by page ledger of promises, but also as a sword to guard us and attack the devil. “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7. Surround yourselves in Godly things, make your paths straight and upright, making known to those around you who’s child you are.
I am sure you are thinking, how do you arm yourself in the “real world”? This comes with maturity and will propel you into growth, but you have to stick with it. Do a 30 day challenge and only listen to Christian music. Go through Amazon or Lifeway and find a good looking devotional and challenge yourself for 30 days to read it. Most things, after 30 days are much easier to adopt as a daily habit. Greeting God before you “greet your day” will put a biblical perspective on your day. It will allow God to communication with you, love on you, reassure you, settle things that are on your mind. This helps begin the day with a fresh mind set. Check what you are watching on TV and see if it is worth it to keep after 30 days. It is amazing the refreshing spirit that God can place on us when we meet Him on solid ground. It could be food that has become the thing we desire. It could mean going on a fast, the reset the balance. That balance is where we find solid ground. If we have something that we idolize more than God, it will set our life out of balance, make it harder to see God’s path and harder to hear His voice. I would encourage you to find a church, if you aren’t already in one. It is much easier to stray from the path if you aren’t hearing a message weekly, engaging with those at the campus and being accountable in the relationships that you have. They will help promote growth in your life in general and in your Christian walk. (And yes, sometimes it is painful, but sometimes our own limbs hurt and so will the body of Christ.)
I encourage each of you to walk forward into all that God is calling you into, even if it is uncomfortable. Start living the Christian life and see how beautiful the blessings and rewards are! Until next week, stay blessed and stay safe!