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Be Not Distressed

I awakened one day this week overwhelmed by a number of things—stressors—in my life. I don’t know about you, but when I get stressed by the “cares of this world,” I feel the effects in my body. I started to have issues in my digestive tract. Some of you may experience stomach problems, headaches, lack of appetite, sleeplessness, increased appetite, etc.

There are times, dear friends, when we have to take authority over stress, emotional turmoil and mental distress, even sickness because we are children of the Almighty, Sovereign God. So, as I lay there, I said, “Wait a minute—be removed stress and be still body, in the Name of a Jesus. I am a child of a God!”

I began to reaffirm God’s truths by declaring God’s Word to my my stressors. We must decree what God says about us. God’s Word trumps circumstances every time. God tells us that:

“. . . my word that goes out from my mouth; it will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it. (Isaiah 6:11)

When we decree a thing, we ignite the spiritual realm to manifest in the natural realm.

So, let us decree the following scriptures over our minds, over our emotions, over our bodies, and yes, over our circumstances. I decree the following scriptures over my life:

“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Psalm 139:14)

“ But blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose confidence is in him. They will be like a tree planted by the water that sends out its roots by the stream. It does not fear when heat comes; its leaves are always green. It has no worries in a year of drought and never fails to bear fruit,” Jeremiah. (17:7-8)

“but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:31)

“Have I not commanded ? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight,”(Proverbs 3:5-6)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

“say to those with fearful hearts, ‘Be strong, do not fear; your God will come with vengeance; with divine retribution he will come to save you,” (Isaiah 35:4)

Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” (Colossians 3:15)

“Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken. (Psalm 55:22)

“Now May the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way. The Lord be with all of you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:16)

(All from the New International Version of the Bible)

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.” (Isaiah 26:2, New Living Translation)

Other Bible Verses to Decree Against Circumstances:

Psalm 23 (especially verse 4), Luke 12:22-34, Matthew 11:28:30, John 14:27, Ephesians 3:17:21, 2 Corinthians 4:18, Romans 8:38-39, 1John 3:1, 2 Corinthians 16:13, Romans 15:13, Romans 8:31, 1Peter 2:9, Psalm 34:4 & 8, Hebrew 13:6, Psalm 56:3, 1 Timothy 1:7, Joshua 1:9, Philippians 4:6-7, Colossians 3:15

Be Blessed!

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