We can trust God in ANY circumstance and trials of life we encounter with the assurance in three words…GOD’S GOT THIS. As Christians, we know it’s going to be OK as long as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus Christ. I chose a feature photo of a woman that embodies peace and surrender because this is what I feel when I think of Heaven.
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When I first heard the phrase GOD’S GOT THIS I thought it was just a random phrase. Of course, it’s true God does, in fact, got this but I didn’t realize where it had originated from until I started doing research to write a post in honor of a patient of mine who says this no matter how she’s feeling. She’ll say “Angie, don’t worry, God’s Got This and it’s going to be ok! In all honesty, many of my patients say this phrase but the Holy Spirit has prompted me to write a post on one particular lady who could use the reassurance.
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God’s Got This Story: Resource God’s Got This
On November 21, 2011, Senior Pastor Dave Stoecklein was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL). As you could imagine this news was shocking to the Stoecklein family and the Inland Hills Church family. News traveled very quickly and soon our community and people all over the world were praying for Pastor Dave.
The Stoecklein family chose to respond to this season of uncertainty with one simple phrase, “GOD’S GOT THIS.” The phrase identifies that God is in complete and total control of our situations. It became a very tangible way to cling to God in a time of fear and doubt. Godsgotthis.org was started soon after Pastor Dave’s diagnosis and provided a way to keep others informed of his progress.
How the Wristband was born
Thus, the idea of the GOD’S GOT THIS wristband was born! During Dave’s treatment, almost everywhere you looked throughout our community, you could spot someone sporting the wristband. People began sending them all over the country and world to family and friends, some of whom were experiencing similar situations. The response has been amazing and we hope that this simple wristband can be a great reminder to you and others that GOD’S GOT THIS!
God’s Still Got This
Pastor Andrew Stoecklein passed away after trying taking his own life leaving behind his three children and wife. In doing my research I learned Pastor Andrew was battling with depression and anxiety. I understand this feeling because I have been there myself. It’s by God’s grace alone my heart didn’t stop when I no longer wanted to live. God at Work in my life is the only way to describe this particular night when my situation was more than I could bear.
However, I can not imagine the pain Kayla and her family endures. Furthermore, she’s chosen to take a dark time and bring light to it. Read more on how she keeps Andrew’s memory alive at God’s Still God This and her heartwrenching tribute on Instagram.
How can we know that “God’s Got This” and It’s Going to be Ok
We know this because God is a good God and he takes care of his children. Now that being said doesn’t mean our lives will be perfect because it won’t be this side of eternity. God’s word is clear on this that we can expect trouble to come. Perfection will only happen when we reach Heaven gates and what a day that will be right? In heaven, there is no sorrow, sadness, sickness, or suffering. Until then we must trust that God has a plan and purpose.
God’s Got This is something I hear from many oncology patients that I come into contact with on a daily basis. Friends, those three magic words are so inspiring to witness firsthand. I will never forget the first time a patient gave me the button with these words. She said…”Now, Angie, I want to see you wearing that button to remind me, you and everyone else in this office they are in God’s care always!”
Let me tell ya now if she didn’t see wearing it she’d make a point to say, “Angie, where’s your button?” I told her I placed it where everyone was able to see it as soon as they sat in my lab chair, and she was ok with that. Thank God. I’d forget to take it off or put it on half the time. It’s usually one of the things in my lab bay area people will notice first.
God has a plan and we can rest assured he’s got it ALL in His control
If you and I aren’t careful, we will live our lives full of discouragement and worry about anything and everything that gets thrown in our path. But as long as we keep stating GOD’S GOT THIS we’re putting our faith and trust in God and God alone regardless if our situations seem unchanging. God is King of ALL and he’s over ALL. His ways are higher than our ways and His plans are greater than our plans. You and I don’t have to try to figure it out.
Even If you and I don’t understand the “why” we serve an almighty God who has a plan to see us through whatever challenges may come our way. We must show faith and trust by letting go and letting God do what only he can do. When we humble ourselves in surrender and proclaim “God, I know YOU’VE GOT THIS! YOU ARE IN CONTROL…our soul finds rest and we have peace.
When you know you’re reaching the end YOU are prepared to meet Jesus…How You can say GOD’S GOT THIS with Confidence
Friends, this is where I want to shine a spotlight on a VERY SPECIAL PATIENT! This lady has been hit hard and it seems so unfair to see her suffering and watch her health declining to the point she’s struggling just to catch her breath. She’s been hospitalized numerous times, has come to the office to receive fluids 2-3 times weekly and what simply amazes me is seeing her brighter than life smile, and never wavering faith.
In all honesty, the last time I prepared her to see the doctor it took every ounce of courage I could muster up to remain strong in her presence and NOT break down in tears. As a matter of fact, I believed she felt this in her spirit because in her natural form she takes my hand and said “Angie, I’m OK, God’s Got This and no matter what I’m good either way…I WIN!!” I replied with “I Know!”
3 Ways How my Friend Proclaims God is Good and GOD’S GOT THIS through her Circumstances
Although it’s very evident the suffering she endures she would tell you this…I trust God and God has a plan. He’s using ME and MY circumstances to bring Him glory even though I may not understand his plan and will. God is still good ALL THE TIME. I broke it down in three practical ways she herself would tell YOU how to respond if YOU find yourself in a similar position…She will say
1. Give God Thanks and Rejoice in ALL Circumstances
As humans, it’s incredibly hard for us to understand the reasons WHY people must suffer so much from our limited, earthly perspective. Even crueler is when an individual lives a life that glorifies God. Be that as it may, we are not promised an easy life on earth. However, we are promised that God will be with us through it all and the promises of God will last far beyond our suffering in the here and now. With this in mind, it’s also important to realize the pain you or I face momentarily on earth will never compare to the pain Jesus Christ suffered for us!
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
2. Trust God Wholeheartedly in ALL Circumstances
In the midst of suffering, we may never know the lives of those around us that we may change. When someone looks at us in the midst of our pain and suffering they may start to question how and where our strength comes from. This will open a door to share the gospel to someone who may not know Christ as Lord and Savior, therefore, accomplishing His eternal purpose. We can trust God to complete a good work in and through us.
Though he slay me, I will hope in him. Job 13:15
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6
3. Don’t Be Afraid and take Comfort in the Fact YOUR Eternal Home will be in Glory
When we have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ we aren’t afraid to take our final breath on this earth. Why? Because when we take our last breath on earth our next breath will be in Heaven! We will come face to face with the Creator of the Universe! Glory to God!! Not only this but our pain will be no more! Not to forget we will have a new glorified body! Can you say HALLElUJAH!!
7 Bible Verses to remind you that GOD’S GOT THIS!
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
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
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God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1
When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. Psalm 94:19
There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love. 1 John 4:18
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? Luke 12:22-26
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14 Best Quotes on GOD’S GOT THIS
Sometimes God lets you be in a situation that only He can fix so that you can see that He is the One who fixes it. Rest. He’s got it. Tony Evans
The circumstances we ask God to CHANGE are often the circumstances God is using to CHANGE US. Mark Batterson
When you accept the fact that sometimes seasons are dry and times are hard and that God is in control of both, you will discover a sense of divine refuge, because the hope then is in God and not in yourself. Charles R. Swindoll
With God in charge, I believe everything will work out for the best in the end. Henry Ford
I have held many things in my hands, and I have lost them all; but whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess. Martin Luther
My Personal Favorite on GOD’S GOT THIS concerning my own Health Issues
There is nothing–no circumstance, no trouble, no testing–that can ever touch me until, first of all, it has gone past God and past Christ right through to me. If it has come that far, it has come with a great purpose, which I may not understand at the moment. But as I refuse to become panicky, as I lift up my eyes to Him and accept it as coming from the throne of God for some great purpose of blessing to my own heart, no sorrow will ever disturb me, no circumstance will cause me to fret, for I shall rest in the joy of what my Lord is–that is the rest of victory! Alan Redpath
Can You Shout Hallelujah!!!!
Let me remind you that this is God’s universe, and He is doing things His way. You may think you have a better way, but you don’t have a universe to rule. J. Vernon McGee
In the roughest moments, remember: God is our Father; God does not abandon his children. Pope Francis
Here is the paradox of Christian living. We must give up control of self to gain self control. Andy Mineo
God always gives His best to those who leave the choice with him. Jim Elliott
Your heart beats 72 times a minute. Every time it beats, it does so with the permission of its Creator. Khurram Murad
God doesn’t break things so He can fix them; He fixes broken things so He can use them. Bob Goff
We need to do what we can do and let God do what we cannot. Joyce Meyer
Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God. Corrie Ten Boom
In Conclusion on GOD’S GOT THIS and It’s Going to be OK
In all honesty, I want to share with you what my biggest FEAR is in writing this post to honor my Patient, Sister in Christ, but above all else…MY FRIEND. It’s plain to witness the decline in her health recently. I have been so scared she would pass on to Glory before I had a chance to finish this and give it to her. I want her to know that meeting her, caring for her, and watching her brighter than life smile and attitude is making a difference in not ONLY my life, but to ALL who know her.
Working in oncology has definitely changed my outlook on how I personally view my life and personal health struggles. I will FOREVER cherish the treasured memories of ALL my patients. When someone you love has cancer you want to learn ways of providing them emotional support and also ways of coping with loss when your loved one passes on to Glory. If I can help you in ANY way please let me know.
I dedicate this post to ALL of my patients but to the one whom this post originated from. I Pray, I did it justice and hope you find comfort and peace within it. I LOVE YOU now and ALWAYS!! In YOUR famous Words...GOD’S GOT THIS and IT’s GOING TO BE OK!!!