Don’t Be Afraid!
As a nurse, it is imperative that we remain level-headed and in control under all circumstances. My definition of control probably differs from your description: Possessing the knowledge and skills to take the appropriate action to resolve the presenting situation. Like military organizations, the nursing profession molds and retrains our minds. The expectation is to use critical thinking, astute judgment, and follow the regulations and standards to ensure that safe, quality care is delivered to our patients. Naturally, the shaping of my thought processes has spilled over into my personal life. And because of my professional traits, I have faced a spiritual conflict for quite a long time. The sin of self-reliance keeps resurfacing.
Yes, my belief in God’s promises is strong; however, I had to acknowledge my sins of doubt and self-reliance during worship this morning. It was time that I faced the fear of completely placing my life in God’s hands. After I confessed to God that I have been trying to help Him out with his plans for me, our Heavenly Father did not scold me. He directed me to read a very comforting Devotional entitled, “Fear Not…I Am With Thee.”
Through prayer, I made a covenant with God to go all the way and place my life in His hands. Proverbs 3:5-6 has become a personal goal: Sonya, Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your limited understanding. God, I make the vow to seek your will in all that I do because I know that you will show me which path to take. Amen. The little nagging worries of wondering how everything will come together and be resolved has left. I received a breakthrough today when I committed to living a faith-based life. The burden of trying to make plans for the unknown future is no longer my concern.
Our world is in a crisis, but God is not! Of David. A psalm. The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; Psalm 24:1.
Our Omniscient God is waiting for us to believe His promise: Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will surely help you; I will uphold you with My right hand of righteousness. Isaiah 41:10
Instructions for total dependence on God:
A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. 11 Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. 12 For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. 13 Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle, you will still be standing firm. Ephesians 6:10-13
Bible Reading: Ephesians 6:10-20
God, we are tired of carrying the burden of not fully believing in your promises. We ask forgiveness for the sins of doubt and self-reliance. Thank you for loving us and giving us peace. We promise to wait and trust for your plans to be revealed. Thank you for hearing and answering our prayer that we ask in the Worthy Name of Jesus. Amen.
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