I taught our women’s GIFT Group at church on Sunday and a young woman in class said that recent events have left her anxious and confused – wondering what in the world is going on.
It has been a challenging time for me to maintain my peace as well. It seems like the world is being shaken.
You may wonder why I’m even writing about this subject, given that Take Back Your Temple is primarily about health and weight loss.
But a key principle of the TBYT program is that we are not just bodies – we have a Spirit, a mind, and emotions too. So we need ministry in every area – which a mere diet cannot give.
Our health does not exist in isolation. When you are troubled emotionally and stressed, it is bound to effect your physical health and habits too.
And for many of us, we run back to destructive habits when the world becomes too much to handle!
You need to regain your footing again. The first place to check is your foundation. Ask yourself, “What does the foundation of my life rest upon?”
Does your emotional stability rest upon what other people do or upon circumstances?
If so, then you can be shaken. After all, people can do terrible things to hurt one other. Circumstances can change for the worse and threaten your security.
During times when I feel shaken, I use Psalm 61:2 as a prescription:
“From the end of the earth I will cry to You, When my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the rock that is higher than I.”
Jesus is my Rock. In this present world, I am holding on to the Rock for dear life! I have to remind myself that none of what is happening is a surprise to God.
As His people, we must remember who the real enemy is:
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places (Ephesians 6:12).”
Every act of lawlessness, injustice, or other evil deed happens because of deception in someone’s heart.
Such is the effect of sin in this world. Proverbs 12:20 says, “Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil, But counselors of peace have joy.”
That is our role during this crisis – we are counselors of peace in this world, but soldiers of Spiritual warfare against the enemy in the spiritual realm. This is a time that we allow God’s Spirit to lead the way.
Through our Rock, we have power in Him to affect the world:
Only God has the power to change human hearts. When people’s hearts are changed inwardly, their actions will change outwardly.
People are hurting, confused, and need answers. So let’s pray for wisdom that we will speak the right words at the right time:
Proverbs 22:21: “That I may make you know the certainty of the words of truth, That you may answer words of truth To those who send to you?”
Luke 21:15: “for I will give you a mouth and wisdom which all your adversaries will not be able to contradict or resist.”
It’s not just missionaries who have a mission field. We all have one. While we may not be able to change the world, we can influence those in our families, our communities, our jobs and businesses – whatever territory God has given us.
Let us use our power!
When times are darkest, this is our time to shine the brightest. We are anointed for such a time as this:
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven (Matthew 5:16).”
So let us shine on:
Finally, here is my prayer for you according to Ephesians 3:14-21
For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
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Be blessed in health, healing, and wholeness,
Author of the Take Back Your Temple program
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