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Journey Reblog 4 – God Sends Comfort

From the beginning of this particular struggle with anxiety, God sent me comfort in Scripture verses. For example:

Nahum 1:7 “The Lord is good, a refuge in times of trouble. He cares for those who trust in Him.” Psalm 116:5 and 7 “The Lord is gracious and righteous; our God is full of compassion.”  “Return to your rest, my soul, for the Lord has been good to you.” Romans 8:39 “[Nothing] in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (All New International Version or NIV) I often went back to Isaiah 41:10 in the Amplified Bible: “Fear not [there is nothing to fear], for I am with you; do not look around you in terror and be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen and harden you to difficulties, yes, I will help you; yes, I will hold you up and retain you with My [victorious] right hand of rightness and justice.”

I wrote these and many others in my journal, but I also wrote:

“The feelings of anxiety are so strong that my mind can’t seem to grasp this comfort. In anxiety mode, I feel unable to believe or trust. I feel like I can’t hold onto truth.”

Maybe I couldn’t hold onto truth, but God held onto me. When I believed in Jesus Christ as God’s Son and committed my life to Him, God made me His child. (John 1:12-13 says that whoever wants Jesus and believes He is who He claimed to be—that person can become God’s child. God becomes their Father.) At that time, God took me in His hands and has never let me go. He has promised that He never will, and He keeps all His promises. Hebrews 13:5—“…God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’”  Jesus said, “No one can snatch [My sheep] out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. No one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand” (from John 10:28-29). (Both verses NIV.)

My feelings can’t change the truth of God’s Word. Neither can my self-doubts, sweaty palms, trembling body or overwhelming panic change the truth of God’s secure hold on me. Because I had trouble believing that in my journey through Anxiety Valley, I’m thankful for our pastor who reminded me of the truth when I needed to hear it. And since I’m feeling better now, I offer it as hope to those who are feeling the way I did.

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I’ll Dare to Believe

At times in my Christian life, I’ve been like the seed tossed onto hard soil which sprouted and sprang up quickly, but had no root, so it withered away just as quickly. God would give me a thought, but I was afraid to act because I might be “wrong.” Or He let me see an answer to prayer, and I got really excited and gladly received it. Then the next day I was back to struggling on my own.

I want to change. I want to really listen to God and grow to be the person He planned for me to be. So what has kept me from developing the roots I need to grow and produce fruit? It could be unbelief/lack of faith.

Hebrews 4:2a in the Amplified Bible says, “For indeed we have had the glad tidings [Gospel of God] proclaimed to us just as truly as they [the Israelites of old did when the good news of deliverance from bondage came to them]; but the message they heard did not benefit them, because it was not mixed with faith….”

I knew all the right words and accepted them intellectually as true. But many times they were only words to me. I couldn’t lean on them and take them into my heart. Now, somewhat like the father in Mark 9:24, I cry out, “Lord Jesus, I believe sometimes. Please help me believe more!”

I’ve read that believing is a choice I make. Will I dare to believe the truth or keep listening to the doubts that have tripped me up over and over? From time to time I’ve struggled with the truths that God is always with me, communicates to me, loves me unconditionally as an individual, and totally forgives all my sin. Because He gives me grace, I’ve decided to believe these things. I can deepen my faith by reminding myself often of them. That will help to renew my mind so I can truly believe with my heart (Romans 12:2).

© Tricia Opitz Jan.-Dec. 2011

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