“Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God; believe also in me.” John 14:1 (NIV)
In this passage the Greek meaning of ‘don’t be troubled’ is to not be agitated. It means becoming very intentional about refusing to be undone when life tosses me around. But how can we not be agitated by change, transition, or not be influenced by the storms that arise? It’s much simpler than we make it out to be.
God didn’t promise us a life of still waters but He did promise us stillness inside the rough waters.
“And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart.” Galatians 6:9 (NKJV)
Life in itself can and WILL create weariness. When we look at Jesus and the disciples, breakthrough came because of how they approached problems and setbacks. Paul sang in prison, breakthrough came in response to the problem and the prison doors were opened as a result!
When we react in the flesh or in fear we actually empower the enemy to steal from us because our fear forms agreement with the enemy.
The way we handle our trouble and conflict determines our breakthrough. Much in the same way, how we handle our blessing determines our increase and favor. Sometimes we’re invited into a storm, that’s life. But when faced with a storm, our attention almost always goes immediately to finding our way out of the storm. Instead, our focus should be on building and sustaining His presence within us while still in the middle of the storm.
Remember, He’s not a God of escape, He is the WAY MAKER. He will make a way for you! There is a war over your reaction to the storms of life. Will you allow your heart to be influenced by disappointment? In the middle of our mess, we ask God to take this place of trouble, of setback and turn it into our greatest strength. Let it become the very thing He receives the most glory for in my life. Wherever we’ve had pain, had loss, or disappointment, it’s actually an invitation for the greatest opportunity, the break to gain greater authority in that arena.
Determine to allow breakthrough to influence your heart, rehearse what He has done already and stop the knee jerk reaction. Instead, focus on His face, cultivate His presence and respond.