In Times Like These

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Sometimes we all feel like things are spinning out of control and there’s nothing we can do about it. It seems like every day brings a new challenge, more unbeatable than the last. However, is it really unbeatable? I don’t believe that, and here’s why _ the presence and power of God. In Romans 8 Paul has a long list of tough circumstances. Does he say when those things show up that things are hopeless? “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.” (Romans 8:37)

So, when things get tough what will we do? Here are four things we can do that shows confidence in God instead of some circumstance…

  1. Choose what you think about.

Paul wrote… And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. (Philippians 4:8)

  1. Choose your attitude.

There is a huge difference between your feelings and your attitude about how you feel. As you change your attitude – you ultimately influence how you feel. So, no matter what is going on, choose to have the right attitude _ the kind of attitude Paul displayed when things weren’t going so well. Even though he didn’t deserve to be in prison Paul would write… Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4)

  1. Choose to Replace Worry with Prayer.

Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need… (Philippians 4:6) Worry versus prayer. How much time you spend doing one of those two things is usually conversely proportional to how much time you spend doing the other. People who worry a lot tend to pray a little _ people who pray a lot tend to worry a little.

  1. Choose to be thankful.

Paul says, “Don’t worry about anything, pray about everything and,” …thank him for all he has done. (Philippians 4:6)

So, when things are looking down choose to look up instead.

So, when things are looking down choose to look up instead. As the Psalmist put it, We wait in hope for in him our hearts rejoice, for we trust in his holy name. May your unfailing love be with us, Lord, even as we put our hope in you.” (Psalm 33:20-22)

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