Pastor Brent was stressed this week… about projects that need to be done, ministry needs & personal struggles. He had a lot of anxiety, but then it started snowing. God told him that He has Brent’s concerns covered. God will cover his fears, anxieties and worries. There are a few things that can help us during anxiety-ridden times:
- Being still before God
- Not growing weary
- Walking worthy of the Lord
Be Still Before the Lord
It is so easy to worry about the future and none of us are immune to worry and anxiety.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
God knows what you’re going through and He sees you. He will meet your needs at just the right time. It starts with us knowing that God is God and we are not. Take time to just sit in His presence.
Pastor Brent forgot his phone at home, which ended up being such a blessing. He realized that he was depending way too much on his phone (hello Google!) and not God. Try limiting your screen time as it is so easy to get sucked into it instead of sitting in the presence of God.
Don’t Grow Weary
Pastor Brent knows quite a few Christian leaders who have given up on God or the church. They’re bitter and no longer serve in ministry.
“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” Galatians 6:9
Surround yourself with people that will encourage you. Make time to be in God’s presence as He will help you move forward.
Walk Worthy of the Lord
“Live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience.” Colossians 1:10-11
We need to be bearing fruit. Mark 4 illustrates the parable of the soils. The good soil is made of up things that have died. We too need to surrender our wills to God so that we can be fruitful.