God’s Message

But now, God’s Message, the God who made you in the first place, Jacob, the One who got you started, Israel:
“Don’t be afraid, I’ve redeemed you. I’ve called your name. You’re mine.
When you’re in over your head, I’ll be there with you. When you’re in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you’re between a rock and a hard place, it won’t be a dead end—Because I am God, your personal God, The Holy of Israel, your Savior.
I paid a huge price for you: all of Egypt, with rich Cush and Seba thrown in!
That’s how much you mean to me! That’s how much I love you!
I’d sell off the whole world to get you back, trade the creation just for you” (Isaiah 43:1-4).

I’ve noticed that whenever I’m anxious, it’s usually because taking a problem of mine and envisioning a future scenario without including God in it. It’s like when you think you’ve really messed up at your job, and the boss is going to call you into his office and yell at you and fire you, and then you’ll end up not ever finding another job and wind up homeless. That’s not a real life example of mine but a far-fetched example of where our minds can go if we let them.

The missing ingredient in this worst case scenario is God’s faithfulness. You’re not counting on God’s provision, even though you’ve probably seen it time and time again. You’re reverting to your default reaction of worry and fear.

But that’s when the Bible tells us to take every thought captive. You do that not by ceasing to think about it, but by stopping every thought and submitting it to what you know to be true about God as revealed in His word. You sometimes need to speak your fear out loud and speak against it in the name of the Lord. You rebuke Satan from your thoughts. You read and meditate on God’s word so that you can quote Scripture against these fearful thoughts.

Often, I will pray Scripture because God loves nothing than hearing His own words prayed back to Him. Plus, you are reminding yourself of what God has said about Himself and you.

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