Jesus Calling: October 3rdWhen many things seem to be going wrong, trust Me. When your life feels increasingly out of control, thank Me. These are supernatural responses, and they can lift you above your circumstances. If you do what comes naturally in the face of difficulties, you may fall prey to negativism. Even a few complaints can set you on a path that is a downward spiral, by darkening your perspective and mind-set. With this attitude controlling you, complaints flow more and more readily from your mouth. Each one moves you steadily down the slippery spiral. The lower you go, the faster you slide; but it is still possible to apply brakes. Cry out to Me in My Name! Affirm your trust in Me, regardless of how you feel. Thank Me for everything, though this seems unnatural--even irrational. Gradually you will begin to ascend, recovering your lost ground.
When you are back on ground level, you can face your circumstances from a humble perspective if you choose supernatural response this time--trusting and thanking Me--you will experience My unfathomable Peace.
Psalm 13:5 (NLT)
5 But I trust in your unfailing love.
I will rejoice because you have rescued me.
Ephesians 5:20 (NLT)
20 And give thanks for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Additional insight regarding Ephesians 5:20: When you feel down, you may find it difficult to give thanks. Take heart - in all things God works for our good if we love him and are called by him (Romans 8:28: And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.). Thank God, not for your problems but for the strength he is building in you through the difficult experiences of your life. You can be sure that God's perfect love will see you through.