We often feel the most debilitating emotions while we are waiting on God to shift our current circumstance. And sometimes the waiting period can seem like a tiring game of playing “on the river, on the bank”. We exist between places of worry and wonder. One minute we are expectant of seeing His glory manifested in our situation and the next minute we are worried about if we will be able to survive another day in our current crucible.
One minute we resign to living with our present struggle and the other minute our hearts are filled with confidence and faith. One minute we neatly wrap our hearts with good-sounding logic so that we wouldn’t be disappointed if God doesn’t respond as we would prefer Him to; the next minute we are frantically removing the layers of “protection” that we have placed around our hearts and minds to cushion and comfort us if we end up disappointed.
This constant emotional and spiritual back and forth leaves us confused and overwhelmed. And, the only way we will be able to come out on the other side of this waiting period alive, and with our faith intact is through patience.
Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.
One proven way that has helped me to keep my faith tank full and my attitude in check during this season of waiting is daily scriptural affirmations.
Scriptural affirmations, focus our attention on the promises found in God’s word. It eventually shifts our attention from the negative and the things that are not working in our favor to the hope-inspired thoughts that fill the Bible. Affirmations also program our minds to believe God’s word and somehow with the working of the Holy Spirit, they transform the attitude of our hearts. They find themselves in our subscious minds and over time, influence our attitudes, thoughts and actions. Most importantly, scriptural affirmations store the Word of God in our hearts so that when we are tempted by doubt and fear, we can deeply dig into our reservoir of divine wisdom and truth.
For the next four weeks, I invite you to choose one of the following scriptures and repeat it for five minutes, three times a day. You can begin when you wake, during your lunch hour and before bedtime. Offer a prayer before you confidently repeat the verse or verses loudly. You can also write these affirmations on paper or in your gadgets and place them around your work or living spaces and refer to them, frequently.
I have found that even if we review and meditate on the same scripture every day, God always reveals something new to us, each day. So, I invite you to purchase a journal to jot down your thoughts that the Holy Spirit reveals to you as you repeat, study and meditate on these spiritual affirmations.
The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for He founded it on the seas and established it on the waters. Psalm 24: 1 – 2 (NIV)
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him. James 1: 12 (NIV)
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2: 20 (NIV)
As high as Heaven is over the earth, so strong is His love to those who fear Him. And as far as sunrise is from the sunset, He has separated us from our sins. Psalm 103: 12 (MSG)
I know what I am doing, I have it all planned out – plans to take care of you, not to abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. Jeremiah 29: 11 (MSG)
We may never gain complete control to stop emotional temptations, like doubt and fear from flooding our minds, while we wait on God; but we can control the actions we commit to daily that are powerful enough to feed our faith and starve all other spiritual assaults by the enemy.
(C) 2017, Dentrecia Blanchette