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“Stress Test” – Now Think On This by Steve Martin

March 30, 2020 Love For His People in Charlotte, NC USA

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. Trust in the Lord forever, for in Yah, the Lord, is everlasting strength.” Isaiah 26:3-4, NKJV

Have you found yourself stressed out a bit lately? Have you snapped at your spouse? (Yes, I have.) Quick lash out at your boss? Lose job or laid off?

Do you find yourself being somewhat on edge, unnerved, having apprehension in regard to that which is around you or which may come your way, real or imagined?

Do you “jump out of your seat” at the slightest unexpected noise near you? Jittery? Fearful of saying or doing the wrong thing?

Sensing some claustrophobia as many of us in the nations are in a “shutdown”, closed-in”, or under a “stay at home” edict from the government?

Yes, I am admitting I have too been less peaceful at times, assuming that you also answered yes to one or more of the questions above.

As much as we desire to walk in faith, in perfect peace in the midst of the known and the unknown, we do at times slip, and find the “peace that passes all understanding” lacking in our spirit and soul.

In Psalm 85:9-14 (Complete Jewish Bible), it reminds us to draw near to Him, and listen.

“I am listening. What will God, Adonai, say? For he will speak peace to his people, to his holy ones — but only if they don’t relapse into folly. His salvation is near for those who fear him, so that glory will be in our land. Grace and truth have met together; justice and peace have kissed each other. Truth springs up from the earth, and justice looks down from heaven.

Adonai will also grant prosperity; our land will yield its harvest. Justice will walk before him and make his footsteps a path.”

We have the promises of walking in peace and security as written in the Bible. They have been given to us to know, believe, and trust in their good purpose in our life. And thus, we need to read and believe them.

As I have often done, I encourage you to take the extra time you have, as our travel as cut down, our work schedules have changed, our former way of life has been adjusted as we once knew it, to spend in a quiet time with the Lord.

As you call upon the Name of the Lord, let His Holy Spirit renew your faith and re-energize the peace, love, and joy missing. Let Him replace that frazzleness that we sense in the atmosphere above and around us with His truth and assurance.

Pray in tongues. I most often find myself doing that when I get unsettled. The Holy Spirit knows what to pray, so let Him.

Read the Word of God. Psalms, Proverbs, the Gospels – all give that which we need in this hour.

Play praise and worship music instead of the constant drone of fake news, false news, unbelief news, discouraging news…which pulls down your spirit. You need the Holy Spirit to lift yours up!

Above all, as best you can, get with others of the same spirit and faith. Now is not the time to be forsaking the fellowship of believers, as we need each other. Find creative ways to get together, communicate, and encourage one another in faith, hope, and love. If you have to, find a catacomb!

Let not the stress the world is experiencing be a part of your life, for those who know the Lord, and fear (honor, respect) Him can stand on solid ground, as all else is being shaken.

This too is a stress test to let us know how much of a true believer we are, an indication of how we will walk in the coming days as these days get darker, prophesied centuries ago.

Now is the time to get prepared, cast off the fear and unbelief, and be that which we have been called to be in our Lord Jesus. Walking in His provision of peace.

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all!” 2 Thessalonians 3:16, NASU

Now think on this.

Ahava and shalom,

Steve Martin, Founder/President  Love For His People, Inc.

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Now Think On This #495 – in the year of our Lord 03.30.2020 – “Stress Test” – Monday, 8:15 am in Charlotte, NC USA

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Steve Martin

STEVE & LAURIE MARTIN - LOVE FOR HIS PEOPLE FOUNDERS My good wife Laurie and I, through the ministry of Love For His People we founded in 2010, give love and support for our friends in Israel and in other nations with friendship, humanitarian aid and social media support, Steve's NOW THINK ON THIS messages, and our Ahava Adventures annual trips to Israel. Steve has also authored and published 26 books. We live in the Charlotte, NC area, along with four adult children, spouses, and eight grandkids.

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