Monday, July 2, 2012

Anxieties....


Phillippians 4:6

6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 


We are blessed that we serve a God who can take our anxieties a way. We are blessed enough that we can bring our requests to a God who will answer them with a yes or no. We are blessed enough that we serve a God who created us and knows us better than anyone. God knows us well enough that he knows exactly what we need when we need it.


2 Corinthians 10:4-5

4 [a]We use God’s mighty weapons, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. 5 We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.


My wife and I are finding some challenging things coming our way this past week. Satan has been trying his hardest to keep this family from moving forward. Old thoughts, anxieties, and past threats have tried to take us down. When a marriage such as ours has come from an affair, family issues, and other things it appears that satan has used his whole arsenal to destroy us. The tormenting thoughts and fears which we thought we had licked start to become all to familiar again. The only thing we can do is to ask God for protection from these things which seek the goal of destroying this family from serving God and staying in his will.

No one said that being married, having a family, and doing God's will was going to be easy. What are we to do with those thoughts and sometimes very real threats? There is only one answer. In praise, is thanksgiving, with humble heart and petition we must as spouses, mommy's and daddy's bring them to God and leave them at his feet. If we try to tackle the problems without allowing God to have control... well... that bad news is that satan will have us exactly where he wants us. Families and marriages are never going to survive if we do not allow God to have complete control and walk completely surrendered to his will.It is pretty clear as to what God expects from us the day we say "I do". If we stray from those expectations, a mess and soon a disaster is going to happen. Outside influences will soon take over and only ruins will be left of what God intended for marriage. My wife and I are a great example of ruins, ashes, and beauty from a disaster that God took and made new.

We have to continue to depend on God when anxieties show their ugly head. We have to give those thoughts to God and trust that he will rescue us when we call out to him. If God is for us, who can be against us?

OK.. What to pray for... Pray for God to continue to help us in this move to Ohio. Pray for our kids as they will start adjusting to their new digs and school. Pray for us as we pack and prepare to move. Pray for our marriage and that it continues to grow stronger.