Even though we are Christians and we love God, that does not mean that we are exempt from some of the troubles, tests, and tribulations that come along with being a human living on this earth. It does, however mean that we can go through these things much differently than someone who does not know God because He alone is our hope and our refuge. It also means that we already know the outcome, which is that we have the victory, and that we win because He has already won.I love what Jesus says in John 16:33: ”I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
One of the weapons that God gave us to use in life is His Word. I believe it is our best resource when we are going through different situations in life. There is so much power in the Word of God, but what good is the power if we never put it to use? I have a few go to scriptures that I use depending on what I’m feeling. These verses help to put things back into perspective, keeps me grounded, and helps to renew my faith. I usually read them, meditate on them, speak them out loud, and use them in my prayers. Here are a few of my favorites:
For when I’m feeling overwhelmed or stressed
One of the things that really gets me is when bad things seem to be happening back to back. Just when you get one set of bad news, here come something else to ruin your day. I’m sure you all know what I mean. Just this past week my husband was sick with the flu, then my baby caught it, and I seem to have caught a milder version (This was all within a few days of each other). In the middle of all of this we realize we have a leak in our water heater. We contact someone to get it fixed only for it to actually burst right before the person comes leaving us temporarily without water. Then I finally take my baby to the doctor only to get a phone call from my sister telling me she’s been in a car accident (she’s fine btw). All of this happening as I’m preparing for a Christmas concert at my church where I lead our dance ministry. Needless to say it’s been an overwhelming week. But in the midst of everything, when I felt myself starting to get that all too familiar feeling of being overwhelmed, I decided to pull away for a second and get to a quiet place where I could be alone with Jesus. I just started to lay out everything that was going on and said a little prayer. I immediately felt peace rush over me. During that time I was reminded of this verse: "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. (2 Corinthians 12:9). I realized that if I am feeling overwhelmed, that means that I am trying to do everything in my own strength and that’s where the problem lies. God wants us to rely on His strength and His power. He gives us grace to walk through any and every circumstance victoriously, we just have to stop trying to do it in and of ourselves. So that verse was a great reminder for me. Try it the next time you’re feeling overwhelmed.
For when I’m in a time of uncertainty
All of us face times and seasons of uncertainties. Whether you’re starting a new job or just lost your current one, embarking on a new business venture, just graduated from school and don’t know what’s next, about to become a new parent or whatever it may be just know that God is not surprised by any of it, and He sees the end from the beginning. If you don’t necessarily trust your future, I hope that you can at least trust the one who holds your future in His hands because He is faithful. When I am walking through times of uncertainty this verse really helps me: For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11)
For when I am afraid
Fear is one of those things that can be crippling if we allow it to creep in and stay too long. Life gives us all types of reasons to be afraid. Fear of not having enough, fear of a bad doctor’s report, fear that because something happened to someone else it will happen to you, fear of never finding love. The list goes on and on. We can’t necessarily stop thoughts of fear from coming; however, we can refuse to accept the package. Just like if FedEx sent you a delivery that does not belong to you, you would return to sender wouldn’t you? Well that’s exactly what you have to do with those negative thoughts. You have to cast them down, refuse to accept them, and return to sender. Instead of entertaining the thought and going down a rabbit hole, whenever a thought of fear enters my mind I speak this Bible verse out loud : God has not given us the Spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind” (2 Timothy 1:7) Instead of saying “us” I say “me” to make it more personal. And if I can, I say it out loud instead of in my mind because you can’t combat a thought with another thought. But, you can combat a thought with actual words. So the next time you are afraid and a thought provoking fear tries to enter your mind say this verse out loud. I promise if you do it enough times, the thought will leave and this will become a new habit for you.
For when I feel like people are against me
Ever feel like you were being wronged or people were talking about you or that you’re getting the short end of the stick in a situation? Well I’ve learned that I do not have to fight my own battles, and that the Lord will vindicate me. Instead of trying to make things happen on my own, with the help of this verse I’ve learned to just be still and let God work. “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14)
For when I need provision
This passage never gets old to me guys. It may be one that we all know, but every single time I read it, I’m reminded that oh yea. God will take care of me. I am valuable. Why am I worrying again? Lol. “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. (Matthew 6:25-33)
When I need faith
Faith is extremely important for the believer. It is the very foundation for every single thing we believe about God. Without faith, all of this seems pretty absurd. So when I feel my faith waning or getting weak I know it’s because I haven’t been feeding my Spirit the Word of God through sermons, reading etc. (faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God according Romans 10:17). So one of my go to’s to give me a quick boost is reading the entire Chapter of Hebrews 11. Some people call it the Faith Fall of Fame because it reminds us of many of the people in the Bible who accomplished all of these things by faith. It always helps me to put things back into perspective and remind me that God is faithful even when it seems like what I am believing for is far fetched.
For when I feel like giving up
Sometimes life can get us to the point where we just don’t feel like we can go on. We feel weak and helpless, and we feel like just throwing in the towel and not even trying anymore. When you feel like this, you need strength. So I love what Isaiah 40:31 says. “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” There is a conditional promise there. That is you hope and trust in the Lord, He is the One who will renew your strength so that you will not faint.
I hope you found this helpful. If there’s something I haven’t covered here, I would love for you to finish the sentence I’m feeling_____ and I will drop you a scripture. Also if you would like to drop one of your go to scriptures for any season feel free to share that as well.
Still Hidden in Him,