Last time in part 1, I shared with you four truths to remember when you are struggling. Today I want to share four more, but lets recap:
- Time is your friend.
- Don’t get defensive.
- Beware of isolation.
- Be vulnerable.
Here are three more truths.
- Focus on good times
“Brad, there are no good times.” Really? You have never had any good times in your life? Sure you have. Focus on those times.
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious, the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Philippians 4:8 MSG
Everyone has struggles. Your struggles are unique to you but the more you can focus on the good rather than the bad, the faster you will come out on top. And there is always something good.
- Chill out.
Psychologists say that the vast majority of our worries are unfounded. What about this or what about that or what if this were to happen? All of us have worries that are legitimate but that certainly doesn’t mean we need to invent some more. Jesus said that what is going on today is more than enough to be concerned about. So don’t worry about tomorrow.
“Brad, I’m just an anxious person.” There are many personality types but I would encourage you to not pigeonhole yourself as an “anxious person”.
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, Proverbs 12:25 NKJV
Let that register with you right now. The more anxious you are the more depressed you will become, and the more depressed you become the more anxious you will be. It’s a vicious cycle that will take you deeper and deeper into a pit.
- Speak God’s word
According to the scriptures, words have power. It was by words that God spoke the universe into existence. Jesus is the word made flesh. Jesus said, YOU will have whatever you say.
What are you saying? Listen to the words that come out of your mouth. Are they filled with faith, encouragement, and expectation, or are they filled with doubt, fear, and unbelief?
Of course our words begin with our thoughts, and I think the first step in coming out of a struggle is to change your thinking. Start thinking about God’s word. Memorize, meditate, and speak some passages from the Bible that reveal a picture of how God sees you. Here are a few examples that are paraphrased from the verse.
- I am more than a conqueror through Jesus who loves me. Romans 8:37
- Nothing can separate me from the love of God. Romans 8:39
- I am a new creation in Christ Jesus. My past is gone and I have a great future. 2 Corinthians 5:17
- I am the righteousness of God in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21
Those are four really great scriptural confessions that you can commit to memory, think about, and speak out of your mouth. Perhaps you could establish a routine for a while and speak them over yourself just like you were taking medicine. I will speak these scriptures over my life when I get up in the morning, at noon, and then again in the evening. As I speak them, I picture in my mind what I am speaking. I WILL have what I say!
I am praying that you will rise above your struggle no matter how great it may be. I am praying that you will see yourself as God sees you. I am praying that person will become the reality of your life.
I know the struggle is real. Reach out and let me know how God has aided you in overcoming your struggles.