What are you worried about? What change are you hoping for?
Anxious worrying involves fear. You can be afraid of something bad happening. You can also be afraid of losing something valuable to you.
The more you focus on what you can’t control, the more anxious you’ll become. The more you live in fear, the more discouraged you’ll become.
Anxious fear brings depression,Proverbs 12:25 TPT
but a life-giving word of encouragement
can do wonders to restore joy to the heart.
The only way to live worry free is to give up your attempts to control the outcomes of your life.
This doesn’t mean giving up on life. You can love God with everything you have, but still accept that this life rarely goes exactly the way you want it to go.
Encouragement is Real
There’s always a greater reality beyond what you see immediately in front of you. Encouraging words never need to be empty promises.
Maybe you are caught up in fear. Maybe you aren’t allowing a life-giving word of encouragement to reach your heart.
Living intentionally by telling God you want to be more hopeful. Agree that you want to open your heart to encouragement.
Imagine God encouraging you. Which of the following would be most life-giving?
- You are unconditionally loved.
- You are safe and secure.
- You are wanted in relationship.
- You are significant and needed.
- You have a place in my kingdom-house.
Fortunately for us believers, all of the above are true. Then why don’t they often feel true?
None of those statements require that your circumstances are always pleasant or desirable. They are spiritual truths more than they are earthly or temporal facts. Spiritual truths last forever; circumstances are temporary. Don’t confuse the two. When you believe your circumstances are forever and truth is temporary, you will understandably be afraid. So if you’re struggling, ask yourself which way you’re believing.
Spiritual truths remain true, even when they don’t feel true. Who you are (all the good that God made you to be) remains true, even when you don’t feel good about yourself.
Wounds are Real, But God is More Real
When terrible, painful things happen, we are supposed to feel sad, but not discouraged forever. If you lose a loved one, develop a serious medical condition, or face humiliating rejection, you will feel it, and you should.
No doubt that life circumstances can be obstacles to faith. No doubt there is plenty to be sad about. Just not sad forever. The reality of who God is brings joy to the heart.
Wounds are real, but God is more real. Open your heart to life-giving encouragement.