the Troubled Mind
into a Peaceful Mind
A TROUBLED MIND is fertile
ground for the enemy to do his work. The Lord Jesus spoke clearly: .
. .in the world we shall have tribulation. He followed this, however,
with but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world (John 16:33). Through
the grace and power of His triumph, we need never be overcome by the
pressures and troubles of this lifenor the works of darknessif
we but receive the grace and power of His Kingdom.
LORD JESUS NEVER SHIELDED HIS DISCIPLES FROM THE IDEA THAT IN THE WORLD
THEY WOULD FACE TRIBULATION..... He did, however, give them
the assurance they could become overcomers.
1Jesus encouraged us to be of good cheer when we face trouble.
John 16:32,33 Behold
the hour cometh, yea, is now come, that ye shall be scattered, every
man to his own, and shall leave Me alone: and yet I am not alone, because
the Father is with Me. These things I have spoken unto you, that in
Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but
be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
LORD, You have been so clear with us that we shall, indeed, have trouble
while in this world. But I must admit, even small troubles have sometimes
distressed me. But now I praise You! ALL the trouble I know is ready
to press me into knowing You and our Father more intimately.
2Jesus has promised us peace; the Holy Spirit will make this real
John 14:26,27 But
the Comforter which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in
My Name. lt shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your
remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with you.
My peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth give I unto you. Let
not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
DEAR LORD, I am beginning to really hear this! You are helping me know
day after day that peace can be mine and trouble need never rule my
heart. I receive this promise from You and give myself to You to walk
in its light. Thus, make me an ambassador of peace for Your Kingdom.
3Jesus told His disciples they would suffer betrayal but they
would he protected.
Luke 21:16-18 And
ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and
friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death. And ye
shall be hated of all men for My Names sake. But there shall not
an hair of your head perish.
LORD, sometimes its hard to hear all You have said to us. Please
give me a right understanding. Open my mind so I can receive Your Words.
Then settle them in me by Your Spirit. Let them be a strength to me
and my family in our time of trouble.
4When Gods Word takes root in us, we are strengthened to
Mark 4:16,17 And these are they likewise which
are sown on stony ground: who, when they have heard the Word, immediately
receive it with gladness: and have no root in themselves, and so endure
but for a time: afterward, when affliction or persecution ariseth for
the Words sake, immediately they are offended.
Psalm 119:11 Thy Word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against Thee.
I see that just receiving Your Word sets me in line for affliction.
Oh, let the Word be so strong in my heart and mind that the trouble
I face each day will only make me stronger for Your Kingdom! By faith,
I thank You for this present affliction.
5Jesus told His disciples they would face trouble, but they could
expect His enabling grace in it.
Luke 21:12-15 But before all these, they shall
lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the
synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers
for my names sake. And it shall turn to you for a testimony. Settle
it therefore in your hearts not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
for I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall
not be able to gainsay nor resist.
I praise You for preparing me for the day when I will face adversaries
who hate me for Your Names sake. I believe Your wisdom and grace
are working their way in my life even now. I believe I will be able
to stand firm in the day of affliction.
PAUL SAW THE VALUE IN AFFLICTION.
He taught his disciples that distress can help press us into the Kingdom.
6Paul strengthened the disciples by teaching them they would
Acts 14:21,22 And
when they had preached the Gospel to that city and had taught many they
returned again to Lystra, and to Iconium, and Antioch, confirming the
souls of the disciples, and exhorting them to continue in the faith
and that we must through much tribulation (pressure) enter into the Kingdom of God.
thank You for sanctifying the trouble that has come upon us lately.
I complained and became depressed over what happened, but You helped
me repent so I could receive it all as a stroke from Your loving hand.
I am coming to the place I can see Your work even in the darkest days.
I receive this painful betrayal as a good thing in our lives. Oh, thank
You, thank You, for giving us your enabling grace!
7Paul saw the value in tribulation, thus he could bless God for
II Corinthians 1:3,4 Blessed be God, even the Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all
comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able
to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we
ourselves are comforted of God.
help me learn from the pressure that is upon me today. Even now I can
see Your mercy in it. I am growing while in this trouble and I will
become a better minister of mercy and comfort to others. I confess Your
Holy Spirit is helping me right now.
8When affliction is upon us, if we allow it, it will press us
into the Life of Jesus.
II Corinthians 4:8-11 We
are troubled on even side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but
not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed;
always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the
life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which
live are alway delivered unto death for Jesus sake, that the life
also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh.
LORD, I thank You for my own weakness. It is a platform for Your grace
and power. Thank you for the persecution. It is pressing me into Your
bosom. Thank You for the death that stares me in the eye. It is making
me see eternal life more clearly.
9If we suffer with Christ, we can have the expectation of being
glorified with Him.
Romans 8:16-18 The
Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children
of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with
Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorifled
together. For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are
not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.
how little I have suffered with Your Son! Ive sought after a life
of ease, even while calling myself a Christian. Today I give up this
inordinate love of self and give myself anew to the purpose You have
for me in Your Kingdom, even if it calls for hardship and suffering.
Oh, let Your grace prevail!
10No adversary need terrify us; Christ has given it to us to suffer
for His sake.
Philippians 1:28,29 And in nothing terrified by your
adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to
you of salvation, and that of God. For unto you it is given in the behalf
of Christ, not only to only to believe on him, but also to suffer for
LORD, I glorify You even while I live in the midst of adversity. These
problems are actually causing me to learn more of Your salvation. I
praise You for this time and I see Your hand moving in my behalf. What
I thought was impossible is being cast aside. Oh! I am beholding a miracle
11In our spiritual warfare we bring our minds into obedience to
II Corinthians 10:3-5 For
though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (For the
weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the
pulling down of strong holds;) Casting down imaginations, and every
high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing
into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.
GOD, I thank You for the victory that is becoming mine. lam learning
to think in line with Your Kingdom. I am learning to keep my thoughts
under control. I am learning not to give in to emotional reactions when
things come against me. Its all because of Your wonderful love
12Peter also saw the value in trials.
I Peter 1:6 Wherein
ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness
through manifold temptations: that the trial of your faith, being much
more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire,
might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of
LORD, how wealthy I am! This testing of my faith is causing me to find
something more precious than gold. It is the faith, and the praise and
honor and glory that even now is coming upon us as we anticipate Your
DAVID WE GAIN GREAT HELP IN PRAYING THROUGH TROUBLES THAT COME UPON
US. Take note that these following prayers from him come from the Psalms
immediately following Psalm 2, the Covenant Psalm that provides foundation
for the Kingdom of Christ. Thus the hatred that comes from the enemy.
13Even when discouraged by those who know us, we can know the
glory of God.
Psalm 3:1-3 LORD,
how are they increased that trouble me! Many are they that rise up against
me. Many there be which say of my soul, There is no help for him in
God. Selah. But thou, O LORD, art a shield for me; my glory, and the
lifter up of mine head.
I dont have much to encourage methat is in the natural realm.
Oh, but just in this time of waiting before You I am receiving encouragement!
You are the shield that is protecting me. Your presence is helping me
know Your glory. I am ready now to lift up my head and rejoice.
14The Lord will cause us to grow spiritually in our times of distress.
Psalm 4:1,8 Hear
me when I call, O God of my righteousness: thou hast enlarged me when
I was in distress; have mercy upon me, and hear my prayer...I will both
lay me down in peace, and sleep: for thou,
LORD, only makest me dwell in safety.
LORD, distress is increasing in the land. It seems to be coming close
upon my family and these others that I love so dearly. Oh, enlarge us
in Your Kingdom! Cause us to know its triumph. Show us we can live under
its protection and draw upon its resources.
15Confidence comes in a person who knows Gods Kingdom.
Psalm 5:2,11 Hearken
unto the voice of my cry, my King and my God: for unto Thee will I pray... But let all those that put their trust in Thee
rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because Thou defendest them: let
them also that Love Thy name be joyful in Thee.
LORD, I love Your Name. It is precious to me. Its very sound brings
healing to my spirit. I worship and adore You. Your rule in my life
is bringing me to new confidence even in the face of todays pressures.
16Those who learn to harass the enemy can see him put to shame.
Psalm 6:9,10 The LORD hath heard my supplication;
the LORD will receive my prayer. ...Let all mine enemies be ashamed and
sore vexed: let them return and
be ashamed suddenly.
the strong cry of my supplication has come before You time and again.
Yet still there are spirits that harass my soul, especially when I am
alone. But today, I praise You even in their ears. Let them be vexed.
Let them be turned back. Let them be ashamed. LORD JESUS, I exalt Your
PROPHET DANIEL LEARNED THE VALUE OF STRONG SUPPLICATION WHEN IN A DESPERATE
LAND. He withheld nothing as he confessed his sins and made strong cry
unto the Lord. The Lord responded in a powerful way.
17Daniel made confession as to why he and his people were in confusion.
Daniel 9:4a,5,6a,7a And
I prayed unto the LORD my God, and made my confession, and said, O Lord...
We have sinned, and have committed iniquity, and have done wickedly,
and have rebelled, even by departing from Thy precepts and from Thy
judgments: neither have we hearkened unto Thy servants the Prophets ... O Lord, righteousness belongeth unto Thee, but
unto us confusion of faces...
LORD, nothing of our sin is hid from You. Even after trusting You for
our salvation, things grievous to Your Spiritand to ourshave
continued with us. Were in confusion. Our minds are darkened.
I am now ready to lay before You all that I am, and think, and do. Judge
us. Heal us. Bring us out of our confusion into Your righteousness.
18Daniels supplication embraced the leaders of the land.
Daniel 9:8-10 O
Lord, to us belongeth confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes,
and to our fathers, because we have sinned against thee. To the Lord
our God belong mercies and forgivenesses, though we have rebelled against
him; neither have we obeyed the voice of the LORD our God, to walk in
his laws, which he set before us by his servants the prophets.
our leaders are in confusion. They know not how to rightly govern us.
Our hope is Your mercy and forgiveness. Please bring upon them a spirit
of repentance. Grant them the mercy of Your presence as they gather
in counsel. Help them lead us according the righteousness of Your decrees.
19Daniel made supplication on behalf of Gods sanctuary.
Daniel 9:16,17 O
Lord, according to all Thy righteousness, I beseech Thee, let Thine
anger and Thy fury be turned away from Thy city Jerusalem, Thy holy
mountain: because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers,
Jerusalem and the people are become a reproach to all that are about
us. Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Thy servant, and his
supplications, and cause Thy face to shine upon Thy Sanctuary that is
desolate, for the Lords sake.
LORD, Jerusalem is under attack, even while much of the church is at
ease. Bring us to understanding for this awesome hour. Bring all Your
people to repentance. Let Your Holy Place become ready for Your dwelling.
Bring to completion Your sanctification upon my life, my family, this
congregation of believers.
20Daniel made his supplication based on the mercy of the Lord.
Daniel 9:18-19 O
my God incline Thine ear, and hear; open Thine eyes and behold our desolations,
and the city which is called by Thy Name: for we do not present our
supplications before Thee for our righteousnesses but for Thy great
mercies. O Lord, hear; Oh Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer
not, for Thine own sake, O my God: for Thy city and Thy people are called
by Thy Name.
LORD, were not praying because were righteous, but because
You are merciful. For the sake of Your Kingdom, please bring upon Your
people a spirit of revelation, and repentance, and faith. Turn us from
our dark ways so we will embrace the ways of Your Kingdom.
IN THE NEXT SERIES of prayer
starters we will deal with each of the works of darkness we listed
from Pauls Epistles at the end of the accompanying article. Well
have a powerful time seeing each one bound under the authority of the
Lord Jesus Christ and the Kingdom In which He rules.
Continue to PART 3:The
Satanic Overstepping that Moves us to Grace
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