This last week I caught myself on one or more occasions either saying or thinking, “I’m overwhelmed!” In this season there are many balls up in the air for me…all GREAT stuff…just a lot, and I’m sure you can relate. But even when I thought or said, “I’m overwhelmed,” I got this sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach…immediate defeat and frustration. It was just a simple statement, it was a phrase that I’d heard over and over again. But why did it make me feel so down and defeated? I know the power of my words and have learned to quickly identify the words that negatively affect me…and these words definitely did.
I looked up the definition of overwhelmed and this is what it said…be prepared…it’s not a fun-loving, life-giving definition: bury or drown beneath a huge mass; defeat completely. What?!?! What was I speaking over myself?? I am a daughter of the most high King equipped with the supernatural grace of God himself and I was accepting complete defeat?? I don’t think so! I know now why I felt terrible on the inside when I would say these words aloud. They are a direct contrast to what the Word of God says about me and the God I serve. So I made up my mind…I’m not saying those words again…I’m not speaking that over myself or others. I am NOT receiving this as truth into my life or the lives of those around me. I began to write down reasons why I will NEVER be overwhelmed. Here are some I wrote.
I am NOT overwhelmed because…
- The spirit of God dwells within me and is ALL powerful! NOTHING is too hard for my GOD!!!
- I trust in a God whose timing, ways and will is PERFECT for my life!
- God sees the whole picture and I only see a portion of the details…He knows what He is doing.
- God’s grace is sufficient!
- God sees me and hears me – He is ever present. if I do what I can do, He will do what I cannot!
- I am over my circumstances and situation..not under them. God has promised to make me the head and not the tail, above and not below.
There are so many more that I thought, wrote or remembered as I pressed into God and His word. I am so thankful that through the years I have learned how to truly take my thoughts captive and bring them into alignment with the Word of God. The Word of God is EVERYTHING!!! It is the foundation that sustains through all the highs and lows of life. It’s the only way to defeat the enemy at his schemes to take us out or distract us. It is our sword, to cut through the lies of the enemy to the truth breathed into us from the reading of His word. Never underestimate the power that lies within His word.
Whatever you’re facing today, whatever you are believing God for, whatever you’re walking through…God grace WILL carry you. His Word WILL sustain you and you WILL get through it! Don’t believe the lies of the enemy that you are overwhelmed, defeated or not strong enough. You ARE!! You, with the power of the Holy Spirit, can get through anything that the enemy throws at you. TRUST in the Lord with all your heart and don’t doubt His promises for you. The road to your destiny may have twists and turns but you’ll make it there if you don’t give up!!
Matthew 4:4, “Jesus answered, ‘It is written: Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”