“And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.”
What troubles you? What keeps you from getting a good sleep at night?
These are legitimate questions in these trying days. Many people are struggling to maintain good health as they are worn down and burdened with pressure and stress. But God didn’t intend for things to be this way. He planned for us to be free and to enjoy life to the fullest.
Once, Satan came into a great Garden and tempted the people there to sin. After this, the corruption grew. Instead of peace and joy and living to the fullest, evil cast its darkness and blocked out the light.
It’s the same thing today. Evil is rampant in society. But not exactly in the way that we normally think. Sure, there is still much demon-possession and cults, but what I mean is that the enemy is working greatly through subtle means.
For example: too much work; too tight of deadlines; too much debt; too many obligations; too many indulgences; too many distractions. Anytime we over-indulge in anything, we risk wearing out, but also, we risk moving away from God.
The Lord wants us to have fun and to experience fine things in life and to work and to socialize and to be entertained, but first, He wants us to seek Him.
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Focusing on what is good takes the focus off what is bad
By Seeking the Lord first, He can prepare our souls and spirits to be able to function well apart from evil, even when living in an evil environment. Spiritual warfare exists in an unseen realm; one that exists all around us. We don’t worry about what we can’t see, but according to Ephesians 6, there is a spiritual battle that is going on.
This battle not only goes on all around us, but also, in our minds. This is the most dangerous one for us because it’s our very own thoughts that are in battle. One thought says to do good while the other says to do harm; one thought says that we are good while another says that we are bad. We must be careful what we are choosing to listen to.
The opening Scripture in this article is a reminder to us to focus on what is good in our lives and in God. We are encouraged that we can have peace in hard times by doing this exercise. I have personally found that even in the hardest situation, and even among the worst attacks on my mind by the enemy, I can read this verse and start thinking about all that is good, true, and lovely. In doing this, I can move from stress and anxiety into rest and relaxation.
We must condition ourselves to do this. For whatever reason, it’s always easier to do what Satan wants of us instead of what God wants for us. It is always easier to do the wrong thing than the right thing; telling a lie to cover something up is easier than coming forth and confessing and facing discipline. It’s also easier to believe lies about ourselves when we are tired and beat down then it is to believe truths about ourselves in this condition.
If Satan can make us busy, he can make us weak
This is a big reason the enemy puts so much pressure and busyness on us; if he can get us to a point of exhaustion, then we won’t be powerful enough to fight off his lies. If we listen to his lies long enough, we start to believe them.
“Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour.”
He attacks us when we are down; when we are sick; when our loved ones are sick. He goes after the weak and wounded. This is his nature. He is clever, crafty, subtle, and potentially, dangerous.
But he is only dangerous to the unprotected and unexpecting. Seek God when you are tired and weak and worn down. God will give you rest and protection from the enemy.“If Satan can make us busy, he can make us weak” Click To Tweet
We must learn to condition our minds to realize that when we are tired, alone, hungry, or sick, we are vulnerable to the attacks of the enemy. We must also learn to understand who the enemy is and what his tactics for each of us are. Most of us know what our weak points are. This is where the enemy will attack first.
I find that the greatest protection from the enemy each day is to maintain as clear of a schedule as possible; or, at least a very organized schedule. The reason for this is because we need to fill our minds with as much good as possible. We are told to study and meditate on the Word of God (Joshua 1:8) continually.
So, if we clean up our schedules so that there is time throughout the day to read the bible and to pray, we are effectively putting on the Spiritual Armor that is presented to us in Ephesians 6:13-17. When we have the Word of God fresh in our minds, we are wise and aware to the attacks of the enemy when they come along.
True peace and joy come through a relationship with Jesus
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.’”
One of the hardest parts of turning to Jesus is accepting that it’s just that simple. Accepting that an amazing thing like Salvation is available to us only by believing, and not through effort or cost, can be a very difficult thing. This is part of the reason why there are so many confused people out there who want to know Jesus, but, miss the mark.
We don’t have to clean up our life first; we don’t have to be completely free of sin before Jesus will accept us; Salvation through Jesus comes through believing in Him, and this only. If you are struggling in life and even if you have done much wrong over the years, Jesus is calling out to you. He sees the potential in you; He sees the Father’s Creation in you – nothing else.
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By surrendering to Jesus, He can take the heavy burdens from you and give you rest for your soul. When we live in sin and apart from God, we often live in condemnation from Satan. This is where he constantly reminds us that we have done wrong and he makes us feel bad or no good because of it. So, to hear that there is someone who is ready and willing to forgive us and who won’t ever remind us of our wrong can be a hard pill to swallow for some.
But when we do accept Jesus, and when we do move to Him in full surrender, He can then start healing us from within. We are wise to seek Him in all we do; to read about Jesus and His character. We are wise to learn Scripture that tells of how He heals, and mends broken souls, and what His promises to us are. The more we fill our minds with these things, the better off we are.
Again, this is why the opening Scripture above tells us to focus on these things alone, and not the hardship or pain or burden or unknown.
No matter who you are or what you are going through, you can find supernatural rest through a relationship with Jesus Christ. The only prerequisite is a willing and surrendered spirit. If you don’t already have a relationship with Jesus, and are tired of being worn down and steadily attacked by the devil, you can simply ask Jesus to come and live in you today and you can start to receive healing in your soul today.
Putting it off only gives the enemy more time to convince you of his ways. But if you are worn down and tired and stressed and in emotional turmoil, then surely you already know his ways are only harmful and no good.
As soon as you receive Jesus as your Lord, and believe in Him, the Holy Spirit is given to you as a Helper and teacher. God the Holy Spirit will stay with you at all times, prompting you and directing you and giving you wisdom and especially, discernment. Discernment is what we need to see the truth of what the enemy is doing to us. Ask for much wisdom and discernment and to be filled with the Spirit more and more each day. This is the path to the perfect rest in God.
If you don’t have a relationship with Jesus, you can follow this link (Prayer for Salvation) to find out how. Also, if you need prayer for your life or your family, feel free to fill out a private prayer request in the provided prayer box in this article. My wife and I would love to pray for you.