Today I want to talk about how to overcome overwhelm. Have you ever felt overwhelmed? The definition of overwhelm is “to bury or drown beneath a huge mass.” Maybe you are facing a situation right now where you feel like you are buried, drowning, or about to burn up in the fiery furnace of affliction. It may appear that there is no way you can get the victory. But in Isaiah 42:1-3, God’s got a word for you:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters,
I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
you will not be burned;
the flames will not set you ablaze.
3 For I am the Lord your God,
the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
The first thing God says is, ” DO NOT FEAR.” Overwhelm, or the belief that the situation we face will drown, bury, or consume us, is a form of fear. Fear of not being able to overcome. Fear of the condemnation that is sure to follow when we fail to overcome. Fear of the confirmation of our own inadequacy. Our fear is fueled by the thoughts we think, and that is what is at the root of overwhelm. So how do we overcome overwhelm?
- Make a decree. My pastor said we need to say out loud, “I am not getting overwhelmed.” Job 22:28 says, “You shall decree a thing and it shall be established for you.” Stand your ground and make your decree! Mark 11:23 says, “Whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.”
- Take authority over the spirit of fear. 2 Timothy 1:7 says that God did not give us the spirit of fear. So since Luke 10:19 says we have power over the enemy, we need to take authority over the spirit of fear that is behind the overwhelm. Resist the devil and he will flee (James 4:7).
- Identify and get control of the thoughts that are fueling the overwhelm. Some of those thoughts that we may not be aware of include: “I am in this by myself,” or “This is way more than I can handle.” We need to remember to factor God into the equation. Tell yourself you are not alone, God is with you, and decree that you can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13). God promised to never give you more than you can handle (I Corinthians 10:13).
- Surrender the responsibility for all outcomes to God. Your responsibility is to follow God’s instructions to the best of your ability. God’s responsibility is to accomplish His will through you as you obey. As Charles Stanley always says, “Obey God and leave all the consequences to Him.”
Beloved, you don’t have to let your situation drown or bury you. Be willing to acknowledge that if it never gets done, when it’s all said and done, you are still the righteousness of God in Christ. When you know who you are in Christ, you know that regardless of the outcome, your identity in Christ does not change. Your value and worth are never at stake no matter what the outcome. Therefore, refuse to let the spirit of overwhelm go unchecked when it rears its ugly head. Again, you CAN overcome overwhelm when you recognize that the Almighty God of the universe is with you.
How have you handled overwhelm in the past? Please leave a comment below.
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Tracey L. Moore (a.k.a. The Purposeful Poet) is a poet, author and speaker whose goal is to challenge you to be your best for Christ. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Christian Counseling from Oral Roberts University and is an Associate Minister at Chesapeake Christian Center in Chesapeake, Virginia. Learn more about Tracey at http://www.TraceyLMoore.com.