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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 stressors. We must decree what God says about us. God’s Word trumps circumstances every time. 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. Here is what God tells us:

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

so is 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 55:11)

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)

In Luke 10:41-42 , Martha was anxious and stressed out about getting things done and she wanted Jesus to rebuke Mary. However, Jesus mildly scolded Martha instead. He said that Mary had chosen the better part. Mary was sitting at Jesus’ feet embracing his presence and teaching. The peace of God will always sustain us when we abide in him. It will guard our hearts and minds. (Philippians 4:7)

So, dear friends, “ 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) Begin to praise the Lord.

Be blessed.

Spiritual References:

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

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

(All from the New International Version of the Bible)

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

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