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When the Going Gets Tough…

From Rev. Phil Schnarr, Assistant to the Pastor
June 8, 2020

When life seems crazy and many of the natural norms that guide our thinking gets shaken up, one norm never changes.  Our minds, at their core, are spiritual organs created by the Lord to constantly receive life-giving force from Him. The thoughts and feelings we experience are a direct effect of spiritual associations and influx from above.

To a great extent, we can’t control the events or the sweeping cultural forces that envelop us at this time. However, equipped with a good understanding of spiritual realities, we can mitigate some of our inner stresses. In fact, we might even find our minds being opened and energized by new thoughts and positive feelings for a better future.

Regardless of our situation, there is great power for help and healing in the Lord’s Word. Opening our minds to this inner dynamism can be a game changer. Here are but a few connections that our Helper intended to reach us wherever we are in mind or in body.

Give ear to my prayers…. You have tested my heart; You have visited me in the night; You have tried me and have found nothing; I have purposed that my mouth shall not transgress. Psalm 17: 3

In my distress I called upon the Lord, And cried out to my God; He heard my voice from His temple, And my cry came before Him, even to His ears. Psalm 18: 6

It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like the feet of a deer; and sets me upon my high places. Psalm 18:32, 33

One thing I have desired of the Lord, that will I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life. To behold the beauty of the Lord, and to inquire in His temple. For in the time of trouble, He shall hide me in His pavilion; in the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me. He shall set me high upon a rock. Psalm 27:4-5

But the mercy of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting upon those who fear Him, and His righteousness unto children’s children. To such as keep His covenant, and to those that remember His commandments to do them. Psalm 103:17, 18  

 When my father and my mother forsake me, then the LORD will take care of me. Psalm 27:10

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