It is okay to live above your circumstances…when sickness steals your health, when the bank account runs meager, when the uncomfortable, tight circumstances of life just plain have you down.
It is okay not to live within those parameters.
Psalm 119:50 This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your Word has revived me.
There is a ‘seeing past’ the lousy circumstances and focusing our inside eyes on God’s Word.
When we focus on His Word we are allowing the Word to renew our minds. Although our circumstance may not change, our attitude and the way we approach the problem certainly shifts.
This is how rising to our new life in Christ works itself out. We may still be in the midst of a mess but with a heart and mind focused on the Word, we begin to live life from a higher plateau, scanning our surroundings and seeing with the eyes of our heart. Our spiritual sight grants us a whole new perspective.
On the plateau, we learn to stand on the Word of God. It is the time on the plateau when we think we are not ‘doing anything’ but in truth, God is building His Word deep into our hearts and renewing our minds.
Yes, people will deride us and think we are nuts for choosing to believe God’s Word and declare His promises over our lives. (v. 51)
But, here is the thing that is really important.
In the middle of our messes and crippling circumstances, the Word of God will rise up in our hearts and revive us. Maybe He will give us a new song. Maybe words of Scripture we long ago memorized. Maybe He will show us something we hadn’t seen before in His Word and our hearts become excited by faith’s possibilities.
I know it isn’t easy and some days you just want to stay in bed and pull the covers over your head. You can’t bear the thought of another day… because you are fearful of the test results, what the Dr. will say or you have spent your overdraft and aren’t sure if your job is going to be there for you next week; the bank calls with bad news.
How do we get out of this pit of despair? How do we break the cycle?
We remember God’s Word. We hear Him speak as His words float past our fearful hearts. He longs to comfort us and for His comforts to delight our souls in the midst of our afflictions.
Sometimes we need to be aggressive in our believing and trusting. Sometimes we need to make that hard decision about what we choose to speak during our season of difficulty.
If we would frame our circumstances with His Word, His Word then becomes the boundary, the line that will define the outcome.
Brazen, bold, aggressive faith? Yes! But there are a few people in the New Testament who showed us just that!
Remember Zaccheus? The little fellow who pushed past the crowds to climb the tree so he could see Jesus? His reward was a visitation from Jesus that very same day!
And the woman with the issue of blood? She was aggressive in her determination to touch the hem of Jesus. Aggressiveness in her faith came face to face with healing.
Finally yet importantly, there is blind Bartimaus who yelled out for Jesus not to pass him by and then he threw off his coat and ran to Jesus. No longer was his world dark.
These are only a few of examples of seemingly impossible, hopeless situations resulting in LIFE all because of the choice to push through the mediocre, silence the what-ifs and rise up in the boldness of faith and trust the heart and Word of the Unchanging Faithful One.
Words of Hope and Comfort
‘For you, My faithful, fearless, favored friends on those days you feel faithless, fearful and forgotten.
I want you to know and remember that My eye is ever upon you and there is never a time in your waking or sleeping that I am not watching over you. You are My beloved and I long for you to know deep in your heart that I am here for you. I am not afar off, nor am I deaf to your cries.
I have gone before you; see even now those crooked places have become straight. The mountains you believed insurmountable are only hills as you tuck your hand in mine and walk with Me. I am your source of great confidence and security and no fear of the unknown land before you will clutch at your heart. You know I am walking you into destiny, into those plans and purposes I prepared especially for you.
Oh, storm tossed and afflicted one, I am your Peace Offering and Courage Maker. Receive My Word in your heart. Let it wash away old thoughts, so your mind will be renewed by My Word, thus shall you be revived, refreshed and restored.’
Defined by Grace,
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