Did You Know … There’s No Need to Worry.... Because
You have the Keys!!!!
“18And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros—a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra—a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth]must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:18 & 19 (AMP)
In our lives today, we are constantly encountering various situations that are not under the jurisdiction of our immediate control. I’m certain that most of us could establish a never ending list of such. We must remember that these situations are those which have been permitted and allowed to confront us. Every obstacle or adverse situation that we encounter in life can be viewed from at least two perspectives. We can view these situations as being presented by the enemy in hopes of opening the door to fear, doubt and unbelief; or these same situations can be perceived as those which have been permitted by the Lord to serve as opportunities where He will gain the ability to reveal His divine guidance, direction and protection.
When we encounter adverse conditions, we must remember that God has given to us keys in the form of His word. These keys will equip us with an immediate access to His divine intervention. For example; we have been given the key to unlock the entrance into that area of our mind that still must be renewed concerning ungodly fear. When we truly unlock our minds and permit them to become freed by comprehending the love of God; we will never again walk under the umbrella of ungodly fear. This type of fear is often manifested through a spirit of pride. Why? Because “I” feel as though “I” can/can’t handle the situation. Or “I” feel as though “I” can/can’t control what is occurring. When I excuse God from the picture, I have diminished, decreased and eradicated the intervention of His divine authority & power. I have unconsciously decided that my problem or situation is of a greater magnitude than my God! I have also decided that God’s love isn’t powerful enough to bring me through my current dilemma!
Therefore, it doesn’t matter what I encounter I must make a conscious decision that I won’t worry – nor become fearful, perplexed, confused, or dismayed…simply because I have the keys!
When I observe my spiritual key ring there is a master key labeled “FOCUS”. I must learn to F.O.C.U.S.
F= “First things first” (Matthew 6:33)
O= Only Believe (Mark 9:23)
C= Count & Cast (James 1:2 & I Peter 5:6&7)
U= Unbelief ..get rid of it (Mark 9:24)
S= Stand (Ephesians 6:10)
To focus is therefore to: keep First thigs first; Only believe the Word of God – nothing else; Count it all joy and cast every care on the Lord; Uproot unbelief; and lastly STAND on the promises of God!
So, how do I focus in the midst of adversity?
- By hiding the Word of God in my heart…. Prior to the onset of negative conditions.
- Daily quoting and saying out loud the Word of God.
- By refusing to quit!
Remember this: Whatever adverse situation is presently prevalent or currently existing in your life is only an attempt by the enemy to distract you; to divert your attention; and to challenge your knowledge of the Lord. However also remember…. you never have to bow to the lesser authority of worry…. Because you have the master key called FOCUS!