Restlessness is an Enemy tactic. Restlessness loots our heart of peace and leaves a destruction of doubt in its wake. If left unattended, a restless heart will corrode. The faith-filled heart, once anchored to trust, will begin to rust as our hearts silently question our Lord’s ability and Sovereignty.
The shift from faith to doubt is subtle. I recently caught myself following the breadcrumb path that lead to restlessness. Unbeknownst to me I’d shifted postures from waiting on God to the I’ll do it myself posture. This shift towards self-sufficiency was slow and subtle.
Recognizing the subtle shift away from God’s Sovereignty toward my self-sufficiency, I prayed and asked for forgiveness. I realized restlessness as an Enemy tactic to keep my mind anxious and stressed instead of filled with peace and rest.
While praying, I compiled a list of weapons of warfare: Prayer, Love, Meditation, Praise, and Rest. By understanding the areas I am most vulnerable, this enables me to understand which of these weapons I need to utilize in times of unrest.
Weapons of Praise and Rest Verses:
“Cease striving, and know I am God” (Psalm 46:10, NASB)
“Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.” (Isaiah 54:10, NIV)
“Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.” (Mark 6:31, NIV)
“Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18).
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6, NIV)
When circumstances appear grim, remember to grab a weapon of faith and praise and rest in God’s Sovereignty.
What area of your life do you need to “cease striving” and rest with God?
~April Dawn White
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