“Who hopes for what he already has? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.” Romans 8:24c-25 NIV
Yesterday, I published a post entitled, “I Prayed…Now What?” that focused on our state of mind the day after Sunday when the ‘spiritual residue’ starts to fade. In that post I discussed how we take our burdens to God in prayer and later question if God truly heard or answered us.
It is not abnormal for Christian believers to experience times where we deal with doubt. It can be hard to believe that such a loving, all-knowing and omnipotent God can be so gracious towards us who are full of flaws and have so many issues.
But He is.
Even though it is in our nature to doubt what we don’t fully comprehend, it is impossible for doubt and belief to coexist in our minds at the same time. This will cause a constant war zone. As Joyce Meyer pens it in Battlefield of the Mind, “As Christians, we need to learn to decide to believe. God often gives us faith (a product of the Spirit) for things that our minds just can’t always seem to come into agreement with” (2011, 51).
Admittedly, it can be challenging to focus on the promises of God, instead of, the depth of our problems.
How do I believe God’s healing when my symptoms reveal the opposite?
How do I believe I will survive the pain from losing a loved one when I can’t see how I will get through this day?
When we are in the middle of a crisis situation we want to be hopeful. We need something to hold on to when we are going through. But often it is in these desperate moments that we find ourselves not knowing exactly what to do. Since our minds are clouded by chaos, we start to think negatively or ‘false truths’ about our circumstances.
“In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express.” Romans 8:26
Prayer is the tool by which we communicate with God. This is why we should be daily utilizing this tool. Then when we are in a crisis our spirit will direct our flesh to naturally pray. Even when we are unsure what to say to God, His Spirit will instruct ours.
But the same way that we allow our minds to think the worse about our situations, we have to direct our minds to think the best. Believe what is true about our situations and not the worst case scenarios. Then apply God’s truths, His promises to them even when doubt and fear want to creep in.
- I declare that I am God’s Child
- I declare that God is with me
- I declare that God is making a way for me….He has already made a way
- I declare that I am not defeated
- I declare that I am more than a conqueror
- I declare that I am victorious
- I declare that my God is greater than my problems
These declarations are true because I choose to believe God!