Have you ever felt overwhelmed? I know I have. It’s been a stronghold in my life for some time, and I am determined to overcome it in Jesus’ name. God does not want us to live in fear! He wants you to live by faith, trusting that you can indeed accomplish His will for your life. Therefore, you must labor to enter into His rest by rooting out the lies of the enemy and replacing them with the truth. I have identified the following 7 lies that lead to a sense of overwhelm:
- God has allowed me to receive more to do than I can handle in the time I have. I Corinthians 10:13 says, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” God doesn’t give us more than we can handle, but we ourselves can put ourselves in a position where we take on more than we can handle. Therefore, we must be led by the Holy Spirit as far as whether we say yes or no to requests that others make of us.
- I have to handle all of this by myself. God says in Hebrews 13:5, “I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” How about factoring Him and His power into the equation? He says He’s a very present help in the time of trouble (Psalm 46:1). Also, He can either send help or instruct you to ask for help from people who have compassionate hearts.
- I will never be able to get all of this done. Philippians 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” The operative phrase is “through Christ.” God says He always causes you to triumph in Christ Jesus (II Corinthians 2:14). In the end, if you follow God’s instructions, you will win!
- Everything is equally important. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” God wants you to set priorities. Some things we think of as a priority don’t even have a deadline. Take the pressure off yourself by telling yourself the truth about the tasks that have been set before you.
- I must tackle everything at once. Exodus 23:20 says, “Little and little I will drive them out from before thee, until thou be increased, and inherit the land.” Even God doesn’t try to do everything all at once. So obviously He won’t expect you to either. Therefore, break the task down into smaller pieces and just focus on the next task that must be done.
- I must respond perfectly. Psalm 103:13-14 says, “Just as a father has compassion on his children, so the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him. For He Himself knows our frame; He is mindful that we are but dust.” God knows we are not perfect. That’s why He sent Jesus. The truth is that if we seek God and do the best we can, He will make things come out alright. He is the main factor in the equation of what you are trying to accomplish anyway. Just do something, even if it’s not the most perfect action to take.
- If I don’t get it all done, it’s a catastrophe. Melanie Beatty said in the book Codependent No More, “Nothing is the end of the world, except the end of the world.” If you don’t get it all done, maybe God didn’t intend for you to get it all done. Maybe all of what you intended to accomplish wasn’t even on His radar. So do your best, and if it doesn’t get done, know that God loves you, and He indeed has a contingency plan. Therefore, there is no need to fear if you don’t get it all done. He will work all things together for good as He says in Romans 8:28.
The truth of the matter is that as long as we have Jesus living inside of us, we can never really be overwhelmed because He is never overwhelmed. He said, “In this world ye shall have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” Therefore, kick “overwhelm” out of your thoughts. Tell yourself, “I reject the spirit of overwhelm.” Faith in Jesus Christ is the victory that overcomes the world and dispels the lies that produce overwhelm in the first place.
Do you feel overwhelmed at times? How do you deal with it? Please share and leave a comment below.
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