Beloved, have you been feeling stressed to the limit? Have you been swimming so hard against the current, trying to meet deadlines, finish projects, handle responsibilities, and still (somehow)
If so, I wanted to encourage you with a word from the Lord today.
This is what I heard the Lord say:
“Beloved child, you are the apple of My eye. When you hurt, I know it. When you feel like you can barely breathe, I know it. When you feel like you are going to keel over from the stress, I know it.
But beloved, there is rest in Me.
I need you to understand from now on that stress is not from Me. I am a God of rest and peace. I lead you beside still waters; I restore your soul (Psalm 23). I am not a God who tortures you or puts stress on you.
Everything you do and need to do can be done from a state of rest.
The stress you face is an attack of the enemy. Combat it by asking Me aggressively to help you rest. Combat it by abiding in Me. Combat it by knowing that worrying about a thing never got you anywhere before, and it never will.
When the enemy comes against you with stress, pray about it. Confess to Me that you can't handle it, and lift up your shield of faith. Ask Me to combat the stress for you, and I will. Let Me stand between you and the onslaught, for I am the God who keeps you.
Stress is a killer, and I want you to abandon it from this point on.
“But how?” you ask? Well, the key is using My wisdom to make a plan, plan your work, and do not get distracted. You do too many things when only one is necessary. Abiding in Me in the instant is the only thing that matters.
Distraction is not a good thing. You could have done all the things you needed to do last week a lot easier if you had not been so distracted.
The problem is that distraction comes with the fear of man. If you think someone will think badly of you for not getting distracted; if you believe it will look bad for you to focus; if you even fear the task itself, you will fail at keeping stress off.
You need to know that I am your Keeper, and I and only I can keep the stress off.
The only thing that matters is what I think of you. The only tasks that matter are what I tell you to do. I know things come at you from the people around you, but I will tell you how and when to handle those requests.
It's time for you to reboot today.
I have already given you a routine that protects your health, preserves your relationships, and helps you to thrive as the person I have created you to be. Get back to it today, please. There is wisdom in the routine I have given you, and I need you to walk in that wisdom every day. It is My prescription for what ails you.
Also, get back to your highest priorities today; reboot your priorities and write them down.
In many cases, you have forgotten who you are. Remember! You need to be who you are in order to be happy, and you need to be who you are in order to be effective. You are not a robot; you are a person whom I made to live in living color!
You are not a person who likes bland things. You are a person who loves to be fully engaged; who laughs and has fun. You are a person for whom the world I created is a place of joy.
Get back to that. Get back to the person you are.
I need you to halt; halt everything, and remember. Remember who you are and who I have made you to be. Redeem the time and go back to what I have called you to do.
Many are called, but few are chosen.
The people who are chosen are the ones who have prepared for and executed My call. Will you be one of the worthy ones for whom I can redeem the time? Will you be one of the ones who chooses to be chosen?
It's time to reboot your life. Don't be afraid to reboot!
Don't be afraid to be who you are. Live large; live in Me; live as I have called you to live. Be ruthless in rooting everything out of your life that is not from Me. Be willing to take calculated risks in this area, and trust Me as I lead you.
I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.
Oh beloved Father, thank You for these comforting and encouraging words. Thank You for challenging us to live in You, rejecting the pressures and stresses of the world and abiding in Your rest. Please help us all, Father, to obey You in this area.
My friend, did the Lord speak to you through this word? If so, please leave a comment below! I'd love to hear what Father is saying to YOU!