Be A Warrior, Not A Worrier!
Tammy Tangent Tuesdays
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”
Hi Beautiful! I hope you received the many prayers I offered up last week asking our Lord to cover you with undeniable peace and joy. After all, that is the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. If you’re peaceful and full of joy, that just radiates His glory. It’s that time again; it’s Tammy Tangent Tuesdays!
How do we go about our daily lives claiming this peace that Jesus offers us in John 14:27? First of all, I pondered this a lot in the hospital. I don’t know about you, but when I’m fretting and worrying about things I need to do and fix, like when we’re in the hospital, my focus leaves abiding in the comfort and strength of my faith and the Lord’s grace and promises. Instead it binds and holds me captive and restrained, wrapped up and spun tightly in the torment of worry.
I personally have to remember David’s proclamation in Psalm 18 that God promises to give us strength to meet these challenges that threaten our peace so we can walk through them victoriously instead of focusing on the wished-upon elimination. This is where we get tripped up and frustrated, expecting them to be eliminated. How else are we going to grow? “You armed me with strength for battle (Psalm 18:39).”
The Lord arms us with His strength by equipping us with the Armor of God (Ephesians 6:13-18). He does not want His beloveds discouraged and defeated. There are two major pieces I don’t dare leave my bed without putting on every day after prayer. Prayer is the upmost vital connection and instrument that activates the other pieces.
The first piece is the breastplate of righteousness. This breastplate protects our heart which is the very seat of our emotions, you know, our self-worth and trust. And secondly, our shields of faith protects us from the enemy’s flaming arrows that come in the form of insults, temptations, or even setbacks. This helps us see and move beyond our circumstances knowing that victory is ours for the taking.
Our lives are full of battles, filled with stresses and anxieties. The Lord knows this; that’s why He gently nudges our hearts and invites us to open up His Word and engage in a relationship with Him. His desire is to cover us with His Great Love that equips us with the courage to boldly walk through our battles. How can we trust Him if we don’t take the time to get to know Him? Talk about Love that transforms us into Warriors, not Worriers!
God reassures us that these battles are against the powers of this world, the enemy, which are led solely to disrupt and create barriers that cause doubts against the love of our Lord, but how He desires to help bring peace to our weary souls.
He gave us Matthew 6 which caters to worry and anxiety. He created the mind and knows how powerful the forces are that control it; worry and anxiety. He offers help, but we have to take action by getting to know Him. That requires engaging in a conversation for guidance called prayer.
God gave us courage-infusing and peace-giving passages that all faith walkers need to boldly proclaim warrior status. For instance, Proverbs 12:25 proclaims the obvious, “An anxious heart weights a man down, but a kind word cheers him up.” 1 Peter 5:7 reminds us, “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”
When we carry all our worries and struggles by ourselves, it relates that we have not trusted God with our lives. Letting God have our worries empowers us to not be distracted. This opens the door of our heart to receive the peace that He promises, thereby positioning our hearts and minds to hear directly from Him. This way we learn to overcome as we become more like Him.
I don’t know about you, but I become weakened when I suffer; and when I suffer, I fret and worry and find myself parked in the wrong hood, you know, the bad neighborhood of our mind. Emotional attacks do far more damage to me than removing any vital organ. These emotional fears usher in worry and anxiety that rob me of my peace, hinders hearing my Lord’s voice, and zaps me of the strength that being a warrior offers. Sound familiar?
Weekly Challenge: Overcome anxieties and worry this week by spending some time each day, ten minutes or more, engaging with the Word and getting to know our amazing Lord. This way we can learn to trust Him as we become equipped with His graces in order to be a warrior, not a worrier!
Everyone has at least ten minutes to devote daily. This way you will find yourself with more time to dance gracefully because you cast all your cares and anxieties on Him and it enables your beautiful mind to peacefully and freely waltz.
Until next time…
Thank You For Being Beautiful You!