Battling Worry: Words of Encouragement- For Such A Time As This

Day 20: Change Your Perspective

Battling Worry: Words of Encouragement – For Such A Time As This

Day 20: Change Your Perspective

He gives power to the faint and weary, and to him who has no might He increases strength [causing it to multiply and making it to abound]. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and [selected] young men shall feebly stumble and fall exhausted; But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.”

Isaiah 40:29-31 (Amplified)

There are times when we are going to feel tired, stressed out, and weak from life’s struggles. Sometimes circumstances will seem too much to bear. If we begin to meditate on our problems and feed our emotions with thoughts of defeat we will become exhausted and worn out. Thinking about all the “what if’s” and constantly asking “how much longer” will eventually cause us to stumble and fall under all the pressure. When we feel like we just can’t go on any longer in our troubles or battles we need to remember what the Holy Spirit spoke through the prophet Isaiah in the verses above.

I love how the Amplified translates these verses. Our Lord has not left our side. When we are about to faint and give up He is by our side giving us the power to keep on going. He is there for us when we are weary and have no might to continue on. It is Him who causes what strength we do have left to multiply so  it will be enough to press forward.

I love this part of these verses:

BUT THOSE who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] SHALL CHANGE and renew their strength and power; (emphasis mine) Those of us who choose to change our perspective from dwelling on the negative and focusing on our problems to expecting, looking for, and hoping for the Lord to act in our situation will truly be changed. We have to realize looking at our circumstances and meditating on our problems only feeds fear and births worry and anxiety. Our perspective is what is causing us to faint and become weary. We are focused on the wrong thing. We should be focusing on the Word of God not our circumstances.

When we begin to change our perspective from hopelessness and defeat, to faith and hope in the Lord we will go from faint and weary to full of strength and power. Our faith pleases the Lord and He rewards us with a hopeful assurance and peace because we are trusting in Him. It is our faith and hope in the Lord which causes His power to rise up in us.

When we truly wait on the Lord and expect Him to move in our lives we know we are close to God. We know He is not far away from us. This knowing inside of us is what will cause us to keep pressing forward and not get tired. Then we will reap a harvest of blessing because we did not get tired and give up. (Hebrews 11:6, Galatians 6:9)

Do not fret or worry anymore! Put all of your hope and trust in Him today. Wait expectantly for Him to act. Fill yourself with His Word and meditate on His promises DAILY, day and night. Put on some praise and worship music for the spirit of heaviness  which will try to attack you and allow God’s presence, peace, and love to transform your perspective.

PRAYER:

Lord, help us to mediate on your truth and not on lies or even the circumstances we see. You have the final say in everything we are going through. Help us to trust you no matter what. Help us to change our perspective to see things through the eyes of faith and from the Word’s point of view. “In Jesus’ name.” Amen.

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