I love the reminder in God’s word about how we aren’t to be anxious about ANYTHING, don’t you sweet friend? How is God our refuge and strength! To live that verse, in reality, can be rather hard when you’re in long seasons of difficulties, isn’t it? Anxiety can wreak havoc on your mind and soul! When you have your back against the wall, and the road before you seems unending, it can take its toll on you. That being said, this is when you have to really be in God’s word and trust him wholeheartedly. I don’t want to repeat the story of my health issues, but if you’ve not checked out My Health Journey, you can do that when you have time.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5
GOD IS OUR REFUGE AND STRENGTH: NO MATTER OUR HEALTH
I’m naming today’s Appointment DREADED DOOMSDAY! I know what you’re thinking please pick another name! See sweet friend, I have an appointment to see a surgeon today, Monday, October 16, 2017, for my foot. Long story short is I’ve been receiving treatment for this issue for over a year with no success of healing. If anything it’s gotten worse! That alone can shake your faith. I was told they believe it’s a form of a Verrucous Carcinoma.
God is our fortress
I work in an Oncology Office and I see first hand these kinds of issues and know what to look for. When you receive treatment after treatment with no change whatsoever it can make you somewhat weary and discouraged. I have been told by two different doctors they have done ALL they know to do for me! The appointment Monday will be the third doctor for this same issue. To say it’s frustrating and painful is putting it mildly. Every time I take a step, it rubs that area. For the past couple of weeks, this weekend being the worse, Satan has waged a war in my mind. He has tried to make me doubt the very goodness of God. How can God be our refuge and our strength when we go through these things?
Satan will try to deceive us
Doubts creep in unwanted with Satans lies!
- If your God Loves you so much, why isn’t he making this go away?
- God must NOT Love you enough!
- If your God is so good, why is he allowing you to remain in pain?
- He must NOT care about you!
- Does God realize how painful this procedure is going to be on you?
- God doesn’t love or care about you!
- You should just give up!
My life may not be perfect but I’m in a much better place now than what I was EVER in as a Non-Christian!
My God LOVES AND CARES for me and will ALWAYS be there for me! No matter what health issues lie in front of me, my God will ALWAYS be there for me! I may not understand God’s ways but his ways are far better than mine!
Scriptures of Truth on God is our refuge and strength
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. For the things that are seen are transient, but the things that are unseen are eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:17-18
Strength and Power are found in Christ alone
God is my strength and power, and he makes my way perfect. 2 Samuel 22:33
My Salvation comes from God and whatever lies before me I will continue to shout Praises of God’s goodness!
The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation, this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. Exodus 15:2
When We’re feeling overwhelmed Look to God who is our deliverer.
The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer, my God, my rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold. Psalm 18:2
Christ is Enough if our bodies Can not be healed
My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strengthPsalm 73:26
Cry out to God for protection when dealing with lies from Satan
Fear not, for I am with you, be not dismayed, for I am your God, I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
God’s grace is more than enough
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong. 2 Corinthians 12: 9-10
When we’re weak we can turn towards God for our strength.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13
Earthly things are temporary and have a purpose behind them to conform us to be more like Jesus
For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, work for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory. 2 Corinthians 4:17
Display Faith in times of trials and sufferings. Be a Good witness for the Lord in all things
Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 1 Timothy 6:12
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. Psalms 46:1-4
Beloved, do NOT be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
In closing on How is God our refuge and strength?
No matter what you may be facing right now and if you’re feeling Overwhelmed by Life, Do NOT lose faith and trust in God! He is there for you ALWAYS. Call on his name, and surrender all things, in his capable hands.
Keep fighting the GOOD FIGHT
If you are like me there are days where you’re Longing for Heaven, but for now choose to set your Mind, Eyes, and Heart on the Eternal Perspective, NOT the Worldly Perspective.