Navigating Distress

Ephesians 4:23 Amplified says, “And be constantly renewed in the spirit of your mind (having a fresh mental and spiritual attitude).” We cannot be idle, letting our mind wander into fleshly indulgences.

We must stay our thoughts on the Lord. Inner peace is the opposite of inner distress, turmoil, anguish of spirit, doubt, fear, and unbelief. Isaiah 26:3 says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

This verse has two conditions. We must keep our focus on the Lord instead of our circumstances. It requires trust or relying totally on Him and no other fleshly means which cannot profit.

1 Samuel 12:21 says, “And do not turn aside; for then you would go after empty things which cannot profit or deliver, for they are nothing.” Hosea 10:13 says, “…You have eaten the fruit of lies, because you trusted in your own way…”

The enemy will use our distress to plunder us through his lies. The Lord uses our distress to increase His real estate in our heart. Psalm 118:5 says, “I called on the Lord in distress; the Lord answered me and set me in a broad place.”

Psalm 18:18-20 anchored my heart when I had another brain injury in January 2017. It says of the enemy, “They confronted me in the day of my calamity, but the Lord was my support. He also brought me out into a broad place; He delivered me because He delighted in me.”

Dwelling in His Presence in the midst of the storm is the broadest place we can be—emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Intimate communion knows no barriers. Read this first verse from a new song called Extravagant Oil Of Joy.

I lift my unveiled face to gaze into Your face. Face to face I behold You as You behold me. No veil separates us. No fear of being known. We have intimate communion. Our hearts are knit as one.

Here is verse from a new song called Song of the Altar. In the midst of adversity when trouble surrounds me. I come into Your presence and I build an altar. I remember how You met me time and time again and I bow in worship.

Lifting our heart up in worship sets us in a broad place. We rise above the distress into His glory. Nothing limits us. There are no barriers that can keep us from Him. He is Present within us. We are breathing in His Presence every second. We praise Him with His breath within us because He is worthy.

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