Praise and worship arrest the atmosphere that is constantly whispering fear, failure and regret. Lisa Bevere
These past few weeks, God has been whispering to me to listen before I speak, even more He ever has before.
When I get that email which causes my anxiety level to soar in an instant.
When I remember something I had forgotten to do, and am unsure how to handle my disappointment with myself.
When I knew I blew it, and the enemy blows a sense of heightened fear onto the reality that I failed.
Maybe you too can relate.
Instead of immediately reacting, I have been stepping into a new way to handle these kind of situations, which inevitably happen to all of us at one time or another. (Even more if you live, work or hang out with people on a daily basis. Which is most of us!)
I put on my praise and worship pants.
I step into the wonder and awe of my More than Enough, and leave the atmosphere of failure and not enough in my rearview mirror:
- I proclaim God for who He is.
- I keep my eyes fixed on His ways.
- I set my heart to seek His heart for me, His heart for those I interact with or encounter.
- I choose to focus on what I do know instead of the what ifs and all the other questions which tend to pop into our mind in stressful situations.
- I sing, write, draw, sit in quiet as I feel lead, and listen for His direction and prompts.
But first and foremost, i remind myself who is with me.
Who lives within me and walks with me.
And as His temple, I don’t want to willingly partner with anything that will make me less of a host to the Holy Ghost.
So I proclaim I am His, and I am refusing to allow anything that does not come through His hands into my temple.
And I send it back to where it has come from.
As I do, He shifts the atmosphere to that of His Kingdom.
And fear, worry, anxiety, lies, failure and regret ebb away in the light He brings with His presence into the immediate situation where He has been invited.
I pray if you too need to shift the atmosphere about you, that you will clearly hear His voice guiding you as you invite Him to move on your behalf in the moment.