FIGHTING THE ANXIETY OF TODAY
5 Lord, you alone are my portion and my cup; you make my lot secure. 6 The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; surely I have a delightful inheritance. 7 I will praise the Lord, who counsels me; even at night my heart instructs me. 8 I keep my eyes always on the Lord. With him at my right
hand, I will not be shaken. Psalm 16:5-8
One of the greatest battles that is fighting our society today is the spiritual battle of anxiety. I fully believe that this is a way that satan has found to completely disrupt the connection that many of us have with God. Satan has found a way to infiltrate our minds and cause us to hear lies about the fact that we are not good enough or that we are not strong enough and that any situation that we face will be one that will end in disaster. The world of evil has invaded our minds and caused so many to fall into this false reality that they will never be good enough in the sight of God or the world to succeed. And I just want to say that in the name of JESUS that is NOT TRUE. We have said it many times that the battle of the heart and mind are the forefronts of our soul and the ability for satan to manipulate us and break down the foundational walls established by God has caused us to begin to live in a state of disbelief and fear. Anxiety is real and a battle that not only effects adults, but has trickled down in the lives of our students and children and caused us to question what are we going to do. When anxiety has set in, the heart begins to beat out of control and the mind begins to release defense mechanisms to combat the shortness of breath, chest pains or light-headedness one may be experiencing. Your body goes into complete overload and the attack is real. Many times we have no idea what may cause the beginning of the attacks that may occur, but one thing is certain, it is a battle that we face that can be overcome through the power of God.
So today I am asking that we begin with 30 seconds of breathing and prayer. I am asking that we stop and focus our minds and bodies to reflect the power of God's presence in our lives. Ready.... Set.... Go! Now, I actually paused for 30 seconds before I continued today and the real reason is that we are dealing with so many people that are losing connection with each other and the thought of what the unknown brings is literally throwing people into a time of anxiety. Students trying to figure out their schedules, senior years, sports options, college options, virtual learning, parents work schedules attached to kids having to be at home and juggling our lives just to find a way to survive. It is truly something that can continue to stack up and cause us to feel as though we are completely out of control with reality. So once
again I say PAUSE..... BREATHE.... and let's invite GOD into the situation. Yes, I know that many that may read this may think that what I offer is just the church, Sunday school answer... and ok if that is what you want to call it, I am fine with that. But I need ALL of us to understand that the only way that we are going to win this war against the unknown evil that attacks our hearts, minds and souls is to allow the GOD who created us to enter into the battle. In my book, there is not a battle God has not won and so if you need to call it a church answer fine, but understand for me it is a LIFE answer because the only way we are going to survive ANY of this that is going on is through the power and strength found in GOD alone.
In the Psalm written by David today, we are able to see that this is not a battle that has just recently occurred. David is speaking in a time of anguish and anxiety as his life has been pretty turned upside down. David is searching for answers with the realization that he understands that we all will face these spiritual battles from time to time in our lives. The cup that David is talking about is similar to the cup that Christ speaks of in the Garden of Gethsemane when he asks for God to take this cup from me. The cup represents the life that we are encountering day by day. The cup is the world that is waging down on us and the day to day battles that we face to declare the glory of the Lord. It is the struggles that we face and the joys that we experience, and David is recognizing the life that is laid out before him and the daily battles that will occur in his life to help testify to the Glory of God. As we spoke yesterday about the power of the WORD of God in our lives, we see again David reference the power of peace that is found at night because of the WORD of GOD that has been planted in his heart. The battle does not stop when we go to sleep. The battle does not stop when we are awake. The battle continues to be fought until the day that we release our last breath. I know that may seem crazy to think about, but the true reality is the fact that our lives are set as a testimony of our journey with God through the spiritual battle of life.
The time is now to surround ourselves with the protection of God's WORD and teaching. As we took up the Armor of God yesterday, may we be reminded that the battle begins anew today. That we must be willing to take up our crosses and step into the battle. There is not a day that we have that is less important than others. Each day we live in preparation for the
final joy that we will find once we overcome this daily battle that has ravaged our minds. Pray today... Pray for the ones who are honestly held captive by this fear that has ensnared them to believe the lies poured out by satan. Help them to feel the love and security of God in their every day life and realize just how much God loves them. It is a battle for the mind that will continue to effect every part of the body and once the battle is on, it is very difficult to win on your own. Help others feel the assurance of God by the power of connection. Help our students realize that they are going to be ok and that they will never be forgotten or
forsaken, but that they have an ARMY of angels right by their sides ready to run into battle. The longer we find ourselves moving further and further away from the connection of people and further away from the connection of the church, we will continue to watch the evil of anxiety to rise in their lives. We were created to connect and how much longer will we look the other way and not realize the power that this evil has on our society. TODAY we cry out to the GOD to hold us and empower us to come together in the name of Jesus to overcome this evil. I cry out to God that we no longer live with this doubt and fear, but that may it be replaced with peace, joy and comfort. I pray for the strength of God to enter into the lives and hearts of our students and families to combat this evil in the name of JESUS. Being fully confident to believe, through faith, that the BATTLE BELONGS TO THE LORD!! AMEN!