In this atmosphere of heaviness, have you ever experienced anxiety, fear, worry or anger?
One of the Bible's specific characteristics of the end times is the "distress of nations."
This passage of Scripture in Luke 21:25 is referring to problems that have no apparent solutions. Issues so big, so significant and so overwhelming that if the world were honest, they would say, "this is too complex, it cannot be solved."
Anxiety is known to be a troubling spirit of fear, worry and anger that sees no solution to problems Worry is defined as "a cycle of insufficient thoughts and whirling around the center of fear." It is also defined as "a chronic process of making mountains out of molehills."
Yet, as children of God, when we are confronted with satanic mountains, we begin to talk to our God about the mountains as if God does not know what we are facing. Instead, we must begin to speak to the mountains about the greatness of our God in the authority of the name and the blood of Jesus Christ.
Our God is greater than the troubling spirit of anxiety.
In this season of trauma, I have received several phone calls from dear friends who are overwhelmed. Their anxiety is far from making small hills out of mountains. These calls prompted me to share a secret I have been using for many years.
A dear friend called me who has been following these steps over the last several days and said:
"When I began in ministry, my father had a book in his library, called God's Psychiatry. I believe it was written in the early 1950s by Dr. Charles L. Allen, where he stated the number of cases that he had shared the principles of reading Psalm 23. Dr. Allen recommended that for one week, those experiencing distress read Psalm 23 seven times a day. The psalm should be read before and after breakfast, lunch, dinner and right before bed. He was adamant about reading the verses and not quoting from memory."
There's something significant about reading the Word of God. Reading the Word settles the human spirit, fills us with faith and helps us know in whom we believe. We have seen people take their lives and overdose on prescription medication.
Whatever you're facing today in ministry, business, school, home or wherever you are, I recommend today a sweet bath in Psalm 23. The verses will restore your soul as you walk through the valley of the shadow of death. The Lord provides a place of comfort, power and not only a blessing in front of you, but behind you. His blessings are following you every day of your life.
You're beautiful; I see Jesus in you.
Mikel French has challenged spiritual awakening all across America, where many celebrations extended into multiple weeks, and has conducted celebrations in France, Sweden, Russia, Romania, Poland, Ukraine, Moldova, Serbia, Germany, South Africa, Malawi, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Haiti, Japan, Singapore, India and Thailand. He conducted an outreach celebration in Manila, Philippines, reaching 200,000 teenagers with the Book of Hope. Through the generous support of partners, he has presented the message of Jesus Christ to millions of people in the nation of Russia through televised citywide soul-winning celebrations. Mikel considers it an honor to assist in conducting the annual pastor's conference, where thousands of pastors from Russia's 11 time zones come for training, teaching and equipping. Mikel and his wife, Marsha, reside in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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