It has quickly come round to that time of the year again, students preparing or sitting exams, completing assignments and meeting various deadlines. Some people have actually already finished their exams wow! – I don’t even start until July 😔 Anyway, there is no time like the present to share what I wanted to share with you.
There are certain times in our lives when fear begins to creep into our minds, specifically for students that time is now, not forgetting non-students who have other fears which don’t revolve around sitting exams. Fear feeds on the uncertainty of the unknown in an attempt to consume us. What is your coping mechanism for when fear creeps in? Do you distract yourself, use breathing techniques, face the fears, imagine the worst case scenario, examine & assess the situation, go to your happy place or (a favourite amongst us all) procrastinate?
Despite the fact that those options can sometimes be effective, research shows that spirituality can boost happiness in times of stress and those with some form of religion cope with their fears better. So, how can you incorporate your faith when times get rough and fear creeps in? By relying on the word of God and holding tightly onto his promises. I’m going to share some Bible texts which you can meditate on and declare over your life so you can live victoriously, especially during fearful moments.
I look up to the mountains – does my help come from there? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth! He will not let you stumble; the one who watches over you will not slumber.
Did you catch that last line? God does not sleep on the job! The reason why a few of our coping mechanisms aren’t effective is because we are looking inwardly for help when we should, in fact, be looking up to God. When you start to trust in your own strength and abilities you ultimately set yourself up for failure. We have to accept that there are many things in life that we simply cannot handle with our own might. It doesn’t mean we are weak it demonstrates that we understand the difference made when God is in the equation.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.
I love this text soooo much! As humans, we find it difficult to grasp the fact that God is all-knowing and there is a reason for everything that happens. That is where the problem is, we attempt to journey through life with our limited knowledge. We can only see what is right in front of us, so fear, worry and anxiety creep in because we have a limited understanding. But God sees what is around the corner, down the corridor and far beyond into the future, so why don’t we submit ourselves to this knowledge. It is only when we seek His will that we will be shown what path to take, God would not impose himself on us.
Don’t worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
Pray about everything, no matter how small or big the situation. Fear, worry and anxiety creep in when something goes ‘wrong’ and we try to figure it out on our own. Numerous times in the past, when I can’t figure out something I’ve found myself having a tantrum and crying my eyes out instead of getting down on my knees and seeking the Lord in prayer. I wonder how much heartache, tissues and time I could have saved by simply praying from the start. Prayer enables us to exchange our doubts, worries, anxieties and fears with PEACE. What a beautiful exchange!
Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yolk upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.
We all have burdens that weigh us down by stressing us, making us anxious and instilling fear in our hearts. But what does God say about that, HE WILL GIVE YOU REST. All you are required to do is: simply come to Him. In His presence, there is fullness of joy and peace no room for fear and anxiety.
To finish off I want to share a familiar passage from Exodus ( just before that big big miracle at the Red Sea)
“And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.””
Exodus 14:13-14 NKJV
I want you to personalise this in your situation;
“[Name] Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the [your fears and troubles ] you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for me, and I shall hold my peace.”
So 4 key undiluted words to take away from this text:
- Be Fearless
- Even though our human reaction is to be fearful, don’t entertain fear or else it will cripple you.
- Move forward despite your circumstance so you can experience the milk and honey on the other side.
- Be Still
- Don’t lean on your understanding of what your flesh or mind is telling you to do in that scenario.
- Plant your feet firmly on what God says about your circumstance.
- Be Watchful ( for God’s salvation)
- Open up your eyes to see the details of God’s miracle.
- Be Quiet
- “guard yourself against complaint”
- Discipline your mouth “If you cannot be positive then at least be quiet”, Don’t give the enemy something to work with.
- Speak God’s promises over your Red Sea.
When you are faced with a Red Sea circumstance, you need to realise that you are not fighting FOR victory you are fighting FROM victory. It changes the way you face the Red Sea circumstances of life. If God’s word says that we are more than conquerors through Christ, then we are period We are not going to become conquerors, we already are. We may be experiencing some failures or setbacks but only good will come out of these circumstances because God says – In all these things we are more than conquerors. We have victory.
Praying for my fellow students & wishing you all the best for your upcoming exams and if you have already sat them, remember you are fighting FROM victory.
Stay Blessed & Share to be a blessing to another,
P.S – check out my previous exam posts which have many prayers – one especially for procrastinators ( Do your BEST and He’ll do the REST ) and a revision tool that works for ANY and EVERY subject (Commit it to the Lord ).