All of us have been there. You may have experienced firsthand, even recently, those painful days and nights that seemed to prolong for what seemed like months. You toss and turn and wake on every hour because your mind is filled with questions, fear and anxiety. A sign that life is unraveling is when worry hits us...when all hell breaks loose and we can't seem to get a grip. I know all to well what it's like to hang your head in disbelief, to drive in a car and hope that no one notices your tears or swollen eyes. To sense that all of hell has been loosed and feel the attack of spiritual warfare all around you.
In my past, I have walked into a church with my plastic smile, acting as if I had it all together, when deep down I was dying and feeling as if my world was about to crumble. It was at those time my only way of survival was to turn to the one true SOURCE for help, shake myself, and get a GRIP!
G- Go to God in Prayer
God tells us in His Word that we are to pray without ceasing and ask for what we want in His name. You see, I have found that the power is NOT in MY prayer life or any fancy words, but rather the power is found in praying to our GREAT BIG GOD! It is not about our might nor our power BUT it is all about HIS spirit and HIS power!! There are days that I pray with passion when I put my whole heart into it. Yet, just being candid, there have been days when I was overtaken with grief and fear. It was all I could do just to muster up enough strength to cry out the name of Jesus.
I am so glad that God knows my heart and even before a word leaps from my tongue He already knows my every concern. Friend, when you pray, pray with feeling, pray with a sense of urgency, get real with God, forget about the fancy words, pray kneeling, pray standing, pray in your car, at the stoplight, in the gym, in a closet, be silent, be loud, but above all pray!
Let’s be honest, there will be days when the world gives us its worst, but God can bring the best out of the worst situation!
R- Rally Your Support Troops
Surround yourself with godly people, friends who will encourage and empower you.
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. ~Ephesians 6:12 (NKJV)
I vaguely remember back in 2002, the story that came out of Pennsylvania where nine miners had been trapped for several days in frigid cold waters some 240 feet below the ground for nearly seventy-seven hours.
What I loved about this story is that some time later after being rescued, the miners went on to describe how they survived. There were times that one of them would feel like he was going under, like he could not hold on any longer. He would begin to panic and think he was going to die. The other eight would huddle around him, doing everything they knew how to keep him warm. They would encourage him and offer words of hope until they felt like the miner's despair had passed.
I don’t know about you, but there have been several times in my life where I felt like I just could not take it anymore and I am so glad that I had someone cheering me on, standing in the battle with me.
I- Ignore Nay Sayers
Who are you listening to? I remember a time in my marriage years ago,when everything seemed as if it was going to crumble. There were people in my life that I chose to listen to and all they offered was words of doubt. “ You can find better. Just let him go. You deserve to be happy.”
Be careful who you are seeking advice from. Are the words they are giving you lining up with the Word of God? Are your friends holding you spiritually accountable for your actions? I am here to tell you that things whispered in your ear can make all the difference in your desire to succeed or fail, your desire to be healed, your desire to work on your marriage, your desire to be set free from the pit you have fallen into, your desire to overcome this giant mountain you are facing.
P- Prepare For Victory
I'm not gonna lie. There have been many times that I have had to say God I need YOU to adjust MY attitude to that of gratitude. I have had to take control of my thoughts. The enemy would try to attack my mind and self-esteem and fill it with doubt, discouragement, and despair and I lived in the pit of woe is me. It’s at those times that I have to take a deep breath, get a GRIP and shout out to the top of my lungs, NO WEAPON, and I mean absolutely NO WEAPON, formed against me shall prosper!
I put on my armor, remind myself that I am an overcomer and spoke God's Word out loud. My bible tells me that the enemy hates this and when I go to declaring the promises of God by standing on His Word, then Satan and all his pathetic little demons have to flee!! In Philippians 4:13 I read that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. In Psalm 18:2 I am reminded that the Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer; My God, my strength, in whom I will trust; My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Most of all I love knowing that I am a child of the King and I am covered by the blood of Jesus. He is my deliverer, my healer, my best friend, my counselor, my burden bearer and He cares about every little detail that touches my life.
Do You Long For Change? Get a Grip!
In what area are you struggling in today? Are you stressed out, burned out, and about to pull your hair out? Are you feeling overwhelmed, confused, unheard, unworthy, filled with worry.... IF you need a change, It's time to Get a GRIP!
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