Overcoming Your Troubles by Joe Gelak

What is bothering you today that may have you worried and anxious, or down and discouraged?

Jesus tells us, “In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world” (John 16:33).

Let’s be real. As much as we ask and desire it, God so often does not sweep in and fix our circumstances and problems. So, what can we do about it? Simply believe God’s promise in faith, and carry on the best we can, learning to live with our worries and discouragement?

Or alternatively, maybe God’s promise from John 16:33 can come alive for us in a different manner.

To achieve victory over our troubles, the first important step is to know where God is living and working in our lives, today. Not always out there in our circumstances and situations. But more often, in us, in our inner being, in our heart and soul.

Let us understand our worries and fears.

Let’s say you perceive a situation developing. Your internal programming grabs it and uses it to trigger things such as worries and fears by interpreting and judging the situation. This may happen with your barely being aware of it. Maybe you were bit by a dog when you were a child, and now when a dog barks, even when friendly, your nerves jump and fear kicks in. Or perhaps you were constantly criticized by a parent, so now you feel you are never good enough. Perhaps you were ignored, and now you feel like your life doesn’t count. Or your home was not safe, so now you feel insecure and see threats everywhere. And we could go on and on with countless other examples of such programming.

This insidious internal programming is running like an App that was downloaded into you without your consent. It is not from God.

The reactions caused by our internal programming rob us of our peace, disable our ability to love fully, and stop us from making our spiritual journey to becoming one with Christ.

What can we do about it?

God wants to help, so ask him. Tell him how much you love him, and how these negative feelings are obstructing you from him. Ask him to tear them down so that you can have more full intimacy with him, so that nothing will stand between you and him. Ask him to liberate you and heal you.

Then, when those old toxic companions – worry and fear and other negative emotions – come knocking, picture Jesus standing next to you, bigger and stronger. Bring your thoughts and feelings to him, “taking every thought captive to obey Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5). Look to him and feel him relieve you of your burdens. Let them fade while you gaze upon your Lord and cling to him as he grows ever bigger in your awareness. He has won the battle. Let go of the tension and feel yourself collapse into him in total peace, surrender, and rest.

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