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When you don't know what to do. Article by Debby Efurd.

I’m a pretty good actress.  I’ve always been able to make people believe I know what I’m doing, why I’m doing it, with all the confidence I can muster together.  Truth be told, though, I’m often faced with not knowing what to do. Maybe it’s my Type A personality talking.

The last several years I’ve learned (and am still learning) to lean more on God and less on me.  I have several rules to live by:

1. I have to remind myself that God is always in control of things … ALWAYS.  He showed me this in Psalm 34:4: “I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.”

2. Going through troubles is the greatest evidence to me that God is working on me. It’s a tough lesson to learn, but it helps with my faith.  This is found in James 1:2-5: “My brethren, count it all joy when ye fall into diverse temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing. If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and it shall be given him.”

3. The key to handling my (many) problems is learning to trust and act on what God tells me to do. (This is very hard for me). Scripture also taught me this in Psalm 25:2: “O my God, I trust in thee: let me not be ashamed, let not mine enemies triumph over me.”

4. Worry is placing distrust in God’s character and ability to do what he said He would do. This hit me right between the eyes. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

5. No matter how bad the crisis you’re having is, it is NEVER beyond God’s ability to solve it.  Acts 26:8 says it perfectly, “Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should raise the dead?” AND Jeremiah 32:27 tells us, “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there anything too hard for me?”

6. The Bible makes it clear that nothing can touches me (or you) is beyond God’s control.  The Book of Job says it perfectly — Job 1:2, “And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the Lord.” Job 2:6, “And the Lord said unto Satan, Behold, he is in thine hand; but save his life.”

7. There is a reason for what is happening (to me and you). Romans tells us (8:18), “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.” And (8:28), “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

8. God has promised to comfort me always. Matthew 11:28 tells us, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.”

9. Faith is believing the principles of God’s word and walking in faith.  Ephesians 4:26 says, “Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:”

10. Angry responses do not solve problems; they just make them worse. This is what I learned from James 1:19, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath.”

11. I need to reestablish God’s value system and claim it every day. Just like Psalm 12 says, “The words of the Lord are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O Lord, thou shalt preserve them from this generation forever.”

These are hard lessons to learn and to live by, but not impossible. The good news is that it gets easier the more anyone practices them … every day … one day at a time.

Can I get an Amen?

Debby Efurd is co-founder of Cary John Efurd Ministries of Pittsburg, TX. She has been a contributor to Bound for Life and written numerous articles published in LifeNews, Christian Post and the Baptist Standard, and is the author of Go Tell It! available at Amazon.com  Learn more about Cary John Efurd Ministries by liking our Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CJEMinistries) and downloading our FREE mobile app (get.theapp.co) from App Store or Google Play. Once downloaded, allow notifications to keep you up to date on what’s happening in Cary John Efurd Ministries. Debby can be contacted at caryjohnefurdministries@gmail.com. Feel free to comment on her blog, The Second Mile, at www.debbyefurd.com .

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