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19 June – Pulling it together

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There are times in our lives, and especially when we may be facing difficult situations when we are left with two choices – we either give up or we choose to pull it together and keep going.

Sometimes “pulling it together” means getting some help; talking to someone about how we feel, asking for people we trust to pray with us for a breakthrough, taking better care of ourselves and our mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual health,  taking time to prosper our soul and if necessary getting some professional help. It means going to God and casting our cares and burdens upon Him and listening to what He says. It’s searching out His Word for the answers and then holding onto and declaring those promises. 

The bible says repeatedly to, “Give all our worries and cares to God, for he cares for us.” (1 Peter 5:7 NLT)

“Give all your burdens to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will not permit the godly to slip and fall.” (Psalm 55:22 NLT)

However contrary to popular belief and conduct it is never beneficial in the midst of difficulties and for our mental, emotional, and spiritual health to have a pity party, melt down, or serious hissy fit. Nor is it helpful or very pleasant for those who have to live and work with us. We can express our emotions if need be, but in doing so we must be mindful to watch what we are saying because words are powerful and act as containers for our faith. We frame up our worlds by our words – God spoke the world into being by the power of His words (Hebrews 11:3), and we are made in His image with the unique and powerful gift from God of having power in our words to destroy or to build up; to create or to tear down.

It’s when we are feeling the most vulnerable and under pressure that important decisions are made in regard to our self restraint, faith and depth of our trust in God.” Sometimes we do need to just “pull it together” and stop feeling sorry for ourselves or allow negative thoughts or presume we are the only ones going through a rough time. Instead pulling it together means we start looking at the positives, the possibilities, and what we still do have available in our hands to move forward.

God cares, He actually does know what we are going through, and He has promised that He will be with us through it all. He never said it was going to always be easy and smooth sailing, but that in actual fact we would face trials, tribulations, and things in which we must persevere through.  When we remain steadfast and keep speaking God’s word, angels are able to go to work on our behalf, and Jesus says that He Himself is the High Priest of our confession. This means when we speak and believe in agreement with the bible, Jesus is authorised to administer and carry out on our behalf of the words that we say. (Hebrews 3:1) However He is not responsible over our confessions in the midst of our hissy fits, negativity or faithless words, for He is High priest over deliverance, righteousness, and freedom – over our faith filled words, not our feelings.

Today, give Jesus and the angels something to work with in what you speak. Go back to the basics if need be and remind yourself of who Jesus is, what He has promised and who He says you are. For we cannot afford to entertain thoughts and beliefs that contradict what God is saying about us – that will only lead to us wanting to give up! Remember what is actually important in life; count your blessings, get some perspective. We are not alone and if need be with Jesus’ help we can pull it together and get back out there. 

“Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again – may Saviour and my God!”(Psalm 43:5NLT)

Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.” (Ephesians 6:13)

“Those who guard their mouths and their tongues keep themselves from calamity.” (Proverbs 21:23)

Prayer: Lord please help me when I am finding it difficult. Set a guard over my mouth so that I would not speak those things that aren’t of any benefit, especially in regard to who I am and my future. I am blessed today. In Jesus name Amen.

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