THE SEVEN LIES OF OVERWHELM

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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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!
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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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GIVE US THIS DAY, OUR DAILY BREAD

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I was just thinking about how much I appreciate God as my Provider. Thank God, we don’t have to fend for ourselves, amen? Therefore, if you are trusting God to make a way for you, today my goal is simply to remind you that the Lord is indeed your Provider. In fact, He calls Himself Jehovah Jireh, the Lord Who Provides.

In the Lord’s Prayer in Matthew 6:9-13, Jesus gave the example of how to pray. When He said, “Give us this day, our daily bread,” He was encouraging His disciples to view God as Provider and seek Him for what they needed. However, when this important phrase is broken down into its basic components, spiritual truths for living the worry-free life become even more evident.

Give us…

Recognize God as the supplier of your needs. He is Jehovah Jireh and needs you to deeply understand 1) you have no ability to provide for yourself, and 2) your employer is not your source. Provision for your needs is His job alone. Your job is simply to follow the instructions He gives that will lead to provision. You have slipped into thinking you are the supplier of your own needs when you worry about where provision will come from. God hates self-sufficiency, and therefore you must resist the temptation to make your own way and get provision for yourself.  Prayer in this area is important so that you maintain a posture of dependence on God for everything.

This day…

Live one day at a time. God is focused on a specific window of time called “one day.” When you start to get anxious, wondering when provision will show up, remember that anxiety lurks outside of the window of today. You probably have your focus where it should NOT be: on tomorrow. Know that God is faithful, and He will only give you provision for the window of time He promised called today. Actually, today is all you really have. A wise woman once said, “Tomorrow is not even promised; you may die or Jesus may come.” If you have what you need today, God has fulfilled His obligation to you.

Our daily bread.

You can count on Him to be true to His Word and not allow a day to go by where you don’t have what you need. However, “Our” indicates that one person’s daily bread is different from another. God will give you what you need, and comparing what you have to other is dangerous and unnecessary. “Daily” indicates that the provision is repetitive and without ceasing day in and day out. Jesus said in Matthew 4:4, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Therefore, be confident the Lord will continuously provide the “Bread” of unceasing emotional, spiritual, and physical nourishment for you each day.

So as I meditate on the prayer, “Give us this day, our daily bread,” I want to make it my business to maintain the mindset of a receiver. If we want to stay in peace, we have got to stay away from self-sufficiency, which is pride in disguise, and look to God as our provider. Therefore, I encourage you to stay in today. Stay in faith and expect God to show up faithfully and provide His unique daily bread for your life.

 

Do you have a testimony of how God provided for you?  Please share and leave a comment below.

 

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