Friday, November 30, 2007

How can I turn all my worries and problems over to God?

I feel like I should write something at least once a week. I feel like I don't have anything worth saying. I feel like I can't express coherent thoughts. My mind is scattered and unfocused. I am so sick of the "I feel like" statement.

What's on my mind….I need to exercise, Christmas is practically tomorrow, I need to shop, I need to clean my house, my garage is a mess, why do I feel joyless, why can't I get out of my head, perfectionism, apologetics, how to incorporate it, how to build up my confidence to share, philosophy, feeling unintelligent, I need direction in my personal bible study, my job, running list of things to do, why can't I remember things, why do I feel so separate from everyone, Is that right or wrong, who am I, am I obsessing to much?


I'm tired and I haven't even moved!

Ok so I took a break and searched through, this is what I found. (It’s kind of long)
Question: "How can I turn all my worries and problems over to God?"

Answer: I commend you for being sensitive to the Lord and wanting to please Him. The first thing you need to do is pray and tell the Lord that you hear what He's saying in John 16:33, which is where Jesus says, "These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." Then, ask the Lord to show you how He has "overcome" your problems, your worries, your anger, and your guilt.The Lord will reveal to you through His Word, the Bible, that you can be of good "cheer" that 1) you can rejoice in your "problems" because God's Word says in Romans 5:3-4, "knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope." And 2) you can see your "worries" as an opportunity to practice Proverbs 3:5-6, "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths." 3) you can counteract your "anger" by obeying Ephesians 4:32, "And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you.", and 4) you can deal with your "guilty" feelings by simply believing in the truth of 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." All of your problems, worries, anger, and guilt can be dealt with through simple faith in God's Word.God is bigger than all these
things put together and you must realize that if you are to have any victory in your life. Everyone suffers with these difficulties, because the Bible teaches that temptation is "common" to mankind (see 1 Corinthians 10:13). Don't let Satan deceive you into thinking that all your problems are your fault, all your worries will come true, all your anger condemns you, or that all your guilt is from God. If you do sin and confess your sin, God forgives and cleanses. You need not feel ashamed. Take God at His Word that He does forgive and cleanse. None of your sins are so heavy that God cannot lift them from you and throw them into the deepest sea (see Psalm 103:11-12).In reality, feelings come from thoughts, so, even though you can't change how you feel, you can change how you think. And this is what God wants you to do. For example, in Philippians 2:5, Christians are told, "Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus." In Philippians 4:8, Christians are told to think on "things" that are "true", "noble", "just", "pure", "lovely", "of good report", and "praiseworthy" In Colossians 3:2, Christians are told to "Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth." Therefore, as you do this, your feelings of guilt diminish. So, each day, pray for God's Word to guide you, read or listen to God's Word, and meditate on God's Word when the problems, worries, and anxieties of life come along.The secret to giving things over to Christ is really no secret at all - it's simply allowing Jesus "once-in-your-life" to take your burden of "original sin" (See John 3:16) and be your Savior - as well as allowing Jesus "during-your-Christian-life" to take your burdens of "occasional sin" and be your Lord. See 1 Peter 5:7, "...casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you." May the Lord bless you with His peace!

I’m trying so hard to change how I think about things, my brain is strained. I need to take some time to relax, slow down my thoughts and meditate on all those verse.

On a side note ;) Patty and me are going roller skating when her knees gets better, hopefully soon. I'm SUPER excited about that! I know it’s silly, but it will be fun fun fun!

"I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world."
John 16:33

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