Change the Channel

thCAYXXGZL(4) Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! —–Philippians 4:4 (NASB)

What kind of movie is playing in your head? Faith is learning to change the channel from fear to faith in every circumstance. If you are like me, sometimes it’s hard to do, but God’s Word works!

Philippians 4:6-7 is a familiar read:  (6)Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. (7)And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (NASB)

Everyone faces fearful circumstances, whether illness or anything that may seem to destroy our lives. It’s what we do with that emotion that will determine whether it overcomes us or we overcome it. When people want to tell us horror stories of any circumstance, we need to put up our hand and remind them that we belong to the Living God and therefore, will be fine whatever the outcome. One of the most difficult trials, for example, is cancer.

A dear friend had overcome brain cancer seven, yes, SEVEN times. They had given her a death sentence so many times. She waved them off and reminded them that only Jesus has the keys to death, hell and the grave. And she wasn’t going there, she was a citizen of Heaven and therefore would go home when He chose and not before. It was an amazing testimony. At age 79, she slogged through mud up to her knees to minister in remote villages in the Philippines. Her faith was determined and filled with joy no matter what the outcome would be. She went Home to be with the Lord in the late 1990’s. But she went home with victory on her lips and joy in her heart!

As one friend often puts it, “What are you going to do, scare me with Heaven?” We are citizens of another country–not of this earth. While we live in the natural realm and must do what has to be done, we also belong to the supernatural realms of the Holy Spirit. Our lives belong to DAD. Jesus gave us access to wonderful places we cannot even comprehend: the very Throne Room of the God of all creation! If the God who created the universe allows us to hang out with Him, how can anything we face on earth keep us down? We all can change the channel of our brains from the movie of death and destruction to the Holy of Holies. In HIS Presence is fullness of joy! Rejoice! Rejoice! Rejoice!

(This material was used by permission from “Whispers of Heaven” by Rosalie Storment and Fate Higbee, copyrighted 2011)

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