Struggles in Life? You should probably just give up.

Thy will be done.  It sounds so easy — just “let go and let God”.  It sounds like a marvelous idea until it’s time to actually trust Him to take care of us.  Whether dealing with a relationship, financial, or any other type of issue, most of us have struggled with giving it up to God and letting Him take control.  Whether we say it or not, most of the time we think we can handle our situations better than God – that we know what’s best for us.  That’s when the struggles in life start happening.

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Giving everything up to God isn’t a bad thing.

When we say “Thy will be done,” or “God, I’m giving this to you,” we are giving up, and that’s not a bad thing.  We’re telling God that we’re trusting Him.  We’re allowing Him to work in our lives and through our situations.  We’re saying that we trust Him to work all things together for our good, whether we understand it or not.

But how do we know we can trust God?  How do we take that first step?  There are countless examples found in Scripture.  Many times, these individuals were trusting God in a life and death situation.  Take Daniel, for example.   He was thrown into a lion’s den for his faith, but he chose to trust God in his situation and wasn’t harmed.

“Daniel answered, ‘May the king live forever!  My God sent his angel, and he shut the mouths of the lions. They have not hurt me, because I was found innocent in his sight. Nor have I ever done any wrong before you, Your Majesty.'” – Daniel 6: 21-22

Daniel did what God is calling all of us to do: just give up.  Give up all your worries, fears, anger, unforgiveness, bitterness and hate.  It doesn’t mean you have to give up your hope, He just wants you to give up your control.

“For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.  The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.  By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.”  – Psalm 33:4-6

God really does have your best interests at heart.  Yes, we will still be hurt.  Yes, we will still feel the sting of betrayal, or anger, or fear.  But God doesn’t want us to live in those areas.  He wants us to live in the joy and peace that only He can provide.  But He can only provide those things when we’re willing to give up control over our situation and let Him handle it.  “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven.”

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Who am I? Learn by taking off your mask

OWENSBORO, KY – “I am so stressed out,” a client once told me.  “I love ministry.  I love preaching and teaching people about God’s Word.  But it is exhausting.”

This client, a seminary student, was in a situation many of us have found ourselves in.  “I really love the calling to share the Gospel with people,” he said, “But I really don’t like having to talk to them afterwards.”

Like us, what this young man didn’t realize is that he was acting a certain way because of the personality mask he created, and he wasn’t acting the way God created him to be.

Has God called him to share the Word?  Absolutely.  Is he supposed to share that message with others?  I certainly believe so.  But he thought that because he grew up in a family full of extroverts he thought he had to be one too.  He thought that he had to put on a show and be happy-go-lucky to everyone, all the time.  This left him asking, “Who am I?”  That was, until he learned something:

It was time to take of the mask.

A lot of us try to live by and out of our personality.  This personality or mask that we put on for the world likely isn’t who we are.  Usually, it’s the facade that we put on for people.  What if, instead, we begin acting in the way that we really are?

Well, Zakk, that sounds like an interesting concept.  But how in the world am I supposed to do that?

I’m so glad you asked.

Through the gift of Temperament, an understanding of how God created us, including why we feel the way we do, why we react to situations the way we do, and why we do or don’t care about others’ opinions of us.

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The Sarasota Academy of Christian Counseling develops the APS Temperament report.

According to the Sarasota Academy of Christian Counselors, the organization responsible for the APS Temperament theory and process, knowing your Temperament has several benefits, including:

  • Identify what causes relationship conflicts and how to resolve them
  • The secrets of human behavior and how God’s wonderful plan works when understood and applied
  • A successful five-step method for counseling those who turn to them for help

Through understanding your Temperament, you’ll learn how to apply these principles to your life and learn how to take off the mask. With this knowledge, it gives you the freedom to operate in the way God created you to be while giving you an understanding of your true self.  And you don’t have to be a pastor or seminary student to benefit.

Stop living in anxiety.  Stop living in the fear of not being good enough.  Stop trying to live up to others’ expectations.  Don’t feel that you have to go on any longer living in the way others expect of you if it’s not who you really are.

To begin the process of truly understanding yourself, get in touch with us or make an appointment.