31 Trust

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight…Refrain from anger and turn from wrath; do not fret—it leads only to evil.  For evil men will be cut off, but those who hope in the LORD will inherit the land…”So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your Heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first His Kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”  Proverbs 3:5-6; Psalm 37: 8-9; Matthew 6: 31-33

God commands us not to be afraid, but instead to trust Him.  The Bible contains many more verses than the above about not being afraid and trusting God.

Trust involves faith.  We need to believe that God is truly all-powerful, all-knowing and all-loving.  He has our backs!  He knows what He is doing, and He will take care of us.  Trust Him!

I know—easy to say, but difficult to practice.  The presence of fear belies perfectionistic tendencies in us.  I have experienced tremendous fear in my life.  Looking back, I now laugh at being afraid of so many situations and circumstances in my life.  Perfectionism creates fear in us.  At times, we feel powerless in the grip of fear.  We need to trust.

Oh, it’s not so simple.  It can take us years to let go of fear and to learn to trust God.  Yes, years.  This journey involves effort.  We take it one step at a time.  Deal with each pain and fear as you become aware of it.  Take it to Jesus.  Whip (cast) your fear at Him.  He can take it.  He can transform your fear into trust.

Another way to deal with the fear is to invite Jesus right into the deep place in your heart where you feel the fear and pain.  He will heal you.

Over the years we (Phil & Marguex) have seen our fears diminish tremendously.  So take courage, you can let go of fear.  You need to decide to surrender your heart to Jesus.  Give yourself to Him.  Jesus is a gentleman.  He won’t force Himself on you.  Give Him permission to do surgery on your heart.

Here’s a simple prayer.  Father, I give you my heart.  Please help me to let go of my fear.  I praise You for You are good and You are in control for my good, in Jesus name, amen.  This prayer is not a solution for our fear but it can be a first step in the journey away from perfectionism.

On the journey,

Noah Woodrich (and Marguex)

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

     Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received                                    so that others can better see.  Prayers needed.

http://www.prayerfoundation.org/favoritemonks/favorite_monks_brother_lawrence.htm

Outline:  https://livingwithperfectionism.wordpress.com/


30 Control

Most of us like control.  We would like to have power over our circumstances.  We want what we want when we want it.  We want things done the way we think they should be done.

Though, if we think about it, we have to admit that we do not have control.  Thinking we can be in control involves self-deception and denial.  “Control is an illusion.”  Have you ever made plans that did not come to fruition?

The illusion of control flows from our self-idealism.  Self-idealism and control are forms of self idolatry.  We start to live as if we are God and have total control over our own lives.  Do we really want total control over our lives?  Over the lives of those whom we love?  What happens in a relationship when two people both want total control?  What does real love look like?

When we seek to manipulate others around us, we are trying to control our world.  Coercion and Gossip are two ways we can try to manipulate our surroundings.  Prayer can also be an attempt to manipulate.  We want to control others, yes.  When we begin thinking we can control God, we take ourselves out from under His protection, which is scary.  We need, in humility, to remember that God is sovereign.  He can answer our prayers with, “Yes”.  He may choose to ask us to wait in response to our requests.  He might even give us a decided “No”.  Ponder John 14-17 as a way to inform you in your prayers and how to love.

“God blesses those who are gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will belong to them.”  Matthew 5:5, NLT

Submit yourselves, then, to God.  James 4:7

When life circumstances lead us to feel out of control our fears provoke us to grasp for control.  “Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7)  When we feel out of control, we need to remember that God is still in control and in control for our good.  He has plans for us that will never fail.

The Lord will work out His plans for my life–for your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever.  Psalm 138:8, NLT

Receiving His faithful love,

Noah Woodrich (and Marguex)

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

     Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received                                    so that others can better see.  Prayers needed.

http://www.prayerfoundation.org/favoritemonks/favorite_monks_brother_lawrence.htm

Outline:  https://livingwithperfectionism.wordpress.com/


29 Fear

“There is no fear in love.  But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment.  The one who fears is not made perfect in love. (I John 4:18)  I used to be afraid of this verse!  I knew I was afraid, and I wasn’t supposed to be afraid!  I failed miserably as a Christian because I had so much fear in my life.  I was not “perfect in love.”  Notice the bind into which I put myself.

We hold ourselves to impossibly high standards in our self-idealism.  This leads to fear.  Curiously, we developed our standards and rules in response to a fear we felt towards others who had the power to hurt us.  Therefore, we seek to control the world around us and lessen the risk in our lives.  Ironically, we crave adventure but do not want to take the risks to get it.

As I said last time, after a crash, we vacillate between anger towards God and doubting Him.  If we don’t own our anger towards God, it can turn to fear, and we wonder if He exists or cares.

We know the Lord’s admonition “do not be afraid” (I John 4:18; John 14:1 & 27).  Philippians 4:6 says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”  As we read this, however, we feel condemned rather than encouraged.  We don’t want to feel afraid.  How, then, can we be free of fear?

Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you.  I Peter 5:7 (emphasis added)

We have heard about laying our fears at the foot of the cross.  Sometimes we feel much more energy behind our fears than “laying them at the foot of the cross” entails.  Rather, imagine holding something like a baseball and whipping it at the cross.  This sounds shocking.  Jesus is Lord of Lords and King of Kings. (Revelation 17:14 &19:16)  He created all things, and He redeemed us. (Isaiah 54:5, 44:24, Colossians 1:21-23)  He is to be worshiped and adored forever and ever, amen! (Revelation 4:8-11)  Yet, we may need to whip our fear at Him on that cross!  It may sound crazy,but what is crazier is to hold on to our fears!  All of our ideas find their fruition, resolution and/or death, as the case may be, in Jesus.  (Romans 6:2-4, John 14:6)  So, whip your fear at Jesus.  “Cast all your anxiety on Him, for He cares for you.”  He knows all of our fears and He knows all about our fears.  He has borne them already on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:20).  He has already taken them, so give them to Him.  Really, give them to Him!

Imagine Jesus sitting in the seat of a “dunk tank”.  Throw the ball of your fear at the target so that Jesus goes under.  He already has (Isaiah 53:4-6).

Redeemed by the blood of the Lamb and thankful for it,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

     Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received                                    so that others can better see.  Prayers needed.

http://www.prayerfoundation.org/favoritemonks/favorite_monks_brother_lawrence.htm

Outline:  https://livingwithperfectionism.wordpress.com/

PS  Hold loosely (blog #4) to what I say here (as well as other blogs) and don’t make it into a rule.


28 Anger Towards God

Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight.  Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to Whom we must give account.  Hebrews 4:13

After a crash, we can vacillate between doubting God and feeling angry with Him.  “If He exists and is truly all-loving, all-knowing and all-powerful, why did He allow this crash into my life?”  How do you phase this question?  Regardless of the specific words, this question disturbs us.

To remain firm in our faith, we need to deal with our anger towards God.  No answer satisfies the question “Why did You let this happen to me?!”  No answer can satisfy the question.  We need God Himself to meet our hearts.  We need His presence and comfort.  Nothing can satisfy, but God alone.  Even though we will not fully know God until Heaven, we can still get glimpses of Him while on Earth.

Do you want more of God?  Cry out to Him!  He will show up for you.  We open our hearts to Him When we cry out to Him.  He already know what we are thinking and feeling.  We do not protect God by withholding ourselves from Him.  Neither do we protect ourselves by keeping ourselves from Him.

Tell God exactly what you are feeling.  If you are angry with God, tell Him!  I know, this sounds sacrilegious.  This does not sound true, noble, right, honorable, excellent or praise-worthy to tell God we are angry at Him (cf. Philippians 4:8).  God is to be worshiped and glorified forever (cf. Rev 4:8-11).  Yes!  And we need to be open and honest with Him!  Telling God what is going on inside of us is not only important, it is right and true.  A friend once said, “He is big enough to take it.”

Think of telling God what you feel towards Him as a form of prayer.  Telling God what you feel towards Him shows that:  1) You believe that He exists.  2) You believe He is all-loving, all-knowing and all-powerful. 3) You trust Him enough to share your deep and dark thoughts with Him.

If you keep your anger towards God to yourself, you will only end up holding onto them.  Crying out to God will help you to release your feelings to Him!  Own them, then let go of your negative feelings.  Healing is a process.  Keep crying out to God as long as you have intense negative feelings.

Finding Him faithful and true,

Noah Woodrich

WITH ME: Wisdom Intercession Teaching Hospitality Mercy Encouragement

     Bringing grace and truth to the downcast; reflecting the light we have received                                    so that others can better see.  Prayers needed.

Outline:  https://livingwithperfectionism.wordpress.com/

See the play “Crying Out” at:  http://wp.me/p1Z4rC-c