All scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, EQUIPPED for every good work. 2 Timothy 3:16-17
By nature, I’m a curious person. You know the type – the one who’s always asking questions that begin with “Why.” The discovery of Google was a life-changer for me. When I have questions regarding the weather, or I need directions to an event I use Google, but when I’m struggling with more important issues the Bible is where I turn. One of the first times I clearly remember hearing God speak to me through His word occurred shortly after a very painful and unexpected situation.
While sitting in a school auditorium waiting for my turn to speak, my heart began to beat so hard and fast I thought it would explode. My chest tightened; breathing became difficult. My mouth opened, but words could not be formed. Initially, I thought I was having a heart attack, but I realized later that I had experienced my first panic attack.
The next day I was exhausted. Negative thoughts filled my mind until discouragement took up space in my heart. And then (as God appointed) a sweet friend phoned to say “I’ve been thinking of you today. How are you?” This friend had been a huge support to me in the past, so hearing her voice was a welcome relief. As I explained to her the events of the night before, she kindly reminded me that the Bible has answers for every problem we face. She prayed for me and then encouraged me to find a verse to meditate on. So that’s exactly what I did! I started by looking up the word anxiety in the concordance and I was directed to Psalm 94.
Psalm 94:19 When anxiety was great within me, your consolation brought joy to my soul.”
The words seemed to jump off the page and into my heart! God had taken notice of my weakness and sent a trusted friend to point me back to Him. His answer to my “why” was not as important as my need to know He cared. Although this sequence of events happened more than ten years ago, the memory is still vivid in my mind, partly because of the humiliation I felt, but mainly because of the realization that God’s word has power to lift us above our circumstances.
The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. Hebrews 4:12
Anytime those anxious thoughts start filling my mind, I recite Psalm 94:19, or Philippians 4:6. When I verbalize the living word, my feelings begin to change. Instead of negative, confusing thoughts, my mind is filled with clarity and truth.
Just as Jesus spoke scripture to demolish Satan’s lies in the desert, God has EQUIPPED us with His word to experience victory over any problem life throws our way.
Our enemy is angry because he knows his days are numbered. His attacks are aggressive and merciless. His goal is to disarm and disable us. God’s truth empowers us to dispel his lies.
So, what’s bothering you today – Depression, Anxiety, Anger, Shame? Allow me to share with you some wise advice that was offered to me years ago – “the Bible has an answer for every problem we face.” Open that concordance, search for your word, and experience the hope God has to offer.
Anxiety tried to cripple me, but God had a different plan.
You are what God says that you are! You are enough!
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Inspiring others to place their hope in Jesus is Jill Jessen‘s desire as she writes. Having received inspiration from daily devotionals for years, she appreciates writers who have shared their life with her. She believes we learn from living and that everyone has a story to tell. Jill and her husband Greg have three children and are now entering in to the “empty nest” phase of life. The birth of their first grandchild this year was a sweet reminder of Gods perfect gifts.