Are you celebrating Memorial Day? Or are you trying to remove the memory of the personal battles that you sometimes fight, but often lose?
Not long ago, I sat at the gate, waiting to board the last leg of my trip home. I settled in, listening for the announcement to pre-board.
But instead, this announcement came through: "Sorry, folks, we just got word the flight to Orlando will be delayed for one hour. We'll give you and update as we receive it."
Can you believe this?" the man seated beside me said. He gave a long sigh. "I can't believe another delay. You would think as much as they charge for these tickets, the airlines would get their act together."
Minutes later, another announcement: "We just got word the delay will be about two hours."
He slapped his leg. "Are you kidding me? This isn't happening!"
I smile with compassion at his ranting.
This man's problem wasn't the delay. The issue was with the fact that he chose to enter into a battle between his perception of how things should be and the reality of what things were.
That battle has winners; they're called anxiety and stress.
And all of us at one time or another have sat at the gate of disappointment. Maybe not because of a flight delay, but because of an answer prayer that never comes, a drastic change that leaves us numb or a heartache that shakes our world.
All of these shove us onto the battlefield, where our emotions are on the front line. But no matter how we fight, no matter how we try to change, correct or resolve, the only way we become winners is by carrying the banner of victory as we allow God to fight our battles.
Like the Israelites, we have the Egyptians of destructive emotions chasing us night and day.
But Moses carries the promise: "But Moses said to the people, "Fear not! Stand firm! And see the salvation of the Lord, which He will show you today. For the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall never see again. The Lord shall fight for you, while you hold your peace" (Ex. 14:13-14).
- God provides the three weapons we need. He said He has not given us the spirit of fear, but of love, of power and a sound mind (2 Tim. 1:7). Receiving what He offers ushers the reassurance that His power is at work, His love is active and this wisdom in us is at work.
- He gives us the confidence to declare our freedom from worry. Worrying is a way to tell God He's not enough. He's not in control. And He's not the provider He says He is. But in Matthew 6:27, He instructs not to worry. Not now. Not tomorrow or ever.
- God shows us the way out of the prison of stress. He said He will give us the peace that goes beyond all understanding ... if only we make sure we're not anxious for anything. And instead bring to Him all our request wrapped in praise, thanksgiving and supplication (see Phil. 4:6).
Father, when battles grow fierce, I will trust in you to bring freedom, to defeat the enemy of destructive emotions. I will cling to you as my defender from all attacks and injuries. I count on you to bring me triumphant victory. In Jesus' name, amen.
What battle are you trusting God to fight for you?
Janet Perez Eckles is an international speaker and the author of four books. She has helped thousands conquer fear and bring back joy.
This article originally appeared at janetperezeckles.com.
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