Monday, April 20, 2015

WORRIER OR WARRIOR




 “Worrier” I said into my phone.  The voice search activation came up with “Warrior”.  I did it again.  Same results.   “Third times a charm” I thought to myself.   I should have said “Strike three and you’re out!
Either I do not know how to pronounce the word or my android is agreeing with God on what He has taught me.
After worrying for so long about so many things I became physically ill.  My fibromyalgia grew worse and I could not sleep.  I was a new follower of Jesus.  I had spent most of the last 28 years thinking for myself.  I was good at solving problems.  If I could not solve them I was good at worrying about them.  I was also good at worrying about others’ problems.  So what’s a worrier to do?


Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Luke 12:22

Thank you, Jesus for telling me not to worry, but how do I stop?

I felt like I was in good company.  The Disciples worried.  They worried about how to feed the multitudes, they worried about who was  the greatest and they even worried about dying.

 Seem like good things to worry about.

Many times Jesus told them not to worry.

 “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Matthew 6:34

But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.” Luke 21:14

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?” Mathew 6:27

Lord you need to teach me how to “make up your mind beforehand not to worry”.

     I lived with a couple from our church until my apartment was ready.   When you live with someone for several months,especially over the holidays, you see what goes on in their lives; the pain, hurts, trials and triumphs. Jan never seemed to worry about anything.  I asked her why,  she replied,
 “I chose not to worry” and she shared this verse with me.

 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

I began giving my worries to God.
The peace came slowly. I was still reluctant to trust God.  However, the more I prayed about a situation and believed that God was in control the more peace I had.

When I prayed for others I did not think about my problems.

I began praying with intent and focus.  I became a Prayer Warrior; exchanging worrier with warrior.

What is a Prayer Warrior?

A person who intercedes in prayer for others and themselves knowing that God will hear.

Listening as the Holy Spirit summons you to pray.

Prayer is asking God to fulfill the promise that He has given us in accordance to His will.

You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” John 14:14

Until now you have not asked for anything in my name. Ask and you will receive, and your joy will be complete.”  John 16:24

“In My Name” – We are coming to God in Jesus' name, not in our own.  We are praying for the Lord's will.

Prayer is not a verbal vending machine.

It is going into the throne room of the Almighty asking Him to intervene on  behalf of His child.

     Prayer is like a battle cry asking God to release the forces of good to demolish the forces of evil!
 The Warrior must be dressed for battle.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
"For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:11-12

The Word of God is our offensive weapon in prayer.

The sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.” Ephesians 6:17-18

Weapons can destroy.

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10:4

Many battles are won while the saints are on their knees.

God listens.

What worries you?

Take up the sword and pray the Promises.

Pray with Power in the Holy Spirit.

The power of the Most High God lives in you, loves you and provides for you.

 “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,” Ephesians 3:20

Learn the Word of God.   See every memorized bible verse as a sword in your arsenal of weapons.

 Don’t run into the battle naked. Put on the whole armor of God. (Ephesians 6:11-18)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Ephesians 6:10


WORRIER OR WARRIOR

Which do you chose?


copyright 2015 Cherrilynn Bisbano



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