Fitting the Pieces to Form a Whole (Part 4) By Pastor Faith Oyedepo
Topic: Fitting the Pieces to Form a Whole (Part 4)
Happy Christmas in advance! It is my pleasure to welcome you to a wonderful time of encounter with the Word of God today. I stated earlier in the first edition that all through the month’s teaching, I will be looking at vital aspects that, if paid attention to, will lead to a glorious family life. I have considered being joyful as a major catalyst to family peace and an atmosphere for attracting God’s blessings into your home. I have also stated that when you understand and do what would attract your husband or wife to you continuously, it creates togetherness and lasting peace in the home. Last week, I discussed on major challenges to family finance and this week, I want you to free your home from anxiety. Anxiety is a feeling of worry, nervousness, or unease about something with an uncertain outcome. The enemy always uses anxiety to steal your joy, kill your peace and destroy your confidence in God. The Word of God says: The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly (John 10:10).But as he comes, Jesus also comes to supply more joy, more peace and more confidence in God! Anxiety-causing situations will arise, but what it takes to overcome them is already deposited within you. Jesus has given you power and authority over all situations and circumstances! Since anxiety has its roots in the spiritual, its remedy is also spiritual. To overcome anxiety, you need the following keys:
1. The Word of God: The Word of God being the manufacturer’s manual is the all-time cure for anxiety. Jesus, our example, was able to judge situations, circumstances and crisis by the Word. He was able to deal with everything that would have caused anxiety. The Word of God says: And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32). This scripture can be paraphrased thus, “And you shall know what to do when anxiety strikes and the knowledge of what to do, when applied, shall make you free from anxiety’s grip!” Most often, anxiety arises as a result of concern of what to eat, drink or wear, but God has made in His Word how to receive them. For instance, the Word of God says: Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things (Matthew 6:31-32).You may be wondering about what your family will eat and wear; the Lord says you should not think about them. When anxiety knocks on the door of your heart, speak the Word of God that is relevant to that situation. Here is a testimony on anxiety:
“After my first child in May, 1981, I went from church to church in search of another child, not really knowing the word of God. I was anxious, desperate, worried and lacked good relationship with people. This almost caused me my marriage, because my husband did not believe. However, I got another baby in December 1991, (10 years later), and I thought peace had come to the home. But no! Until I started coming to this church in July 1994. I gave my life to Christ in October 1994. I started hearing the Word of God in a way I had never heard it before! I started seeing changes in my home and in the relationship between my husband and I. Peace, joy, harmony and great love were restored to me. Then I was still anxious for another child, since my baby was now over four years old. Then, I read the book You Can Overcome Anxiety. Anxiety died in me, because I now know God is able to do all things. My husband, by His grace, is now a man, husband and father. There is now peace in my home and office and my relationship with other people in excellent.” –Hart, C. I.
2. Put your Trust in God: Anxiety does not increase anyone; it only reduces your confidence in God. If you lose confidence in the One who is for you, you open the door for all that are against you. The Word of God says: Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward (Hebrews 10:35). Confidence is an uncompromising trust in God. Be confident that He will supply all your needs as He has promised in Philippians 4:19; His Word does not fail. Since you know the origin of the truth that Jesus has dealt with it, you should be confident that you have what it takes to be absolutely free from it.
3. Cast your Cares on Him: I want you to know that God cares about all your needs as a family. He wants to reach out to you, but there is a door which must be unlocked if you want Him to intervene in your situation. Cast all your care upon Him. The Word of God says: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you (1 Peter 5:7).The way to cast your cares on Him is through prayer. The Word of God says: Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not (Jeremiah 33:3). When you call out in prayer, God answers with a solution to the anxiety causing-situation. Prayer is necessary for anxiety to be uprooted.
You can’t however, walk in agreement without accepting Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. The grace to walk in agreement and dominion come from God and is readily available to His children. If you want to accept Jesus as your Lord and personal Saviour, then say this prayer in faith:
Dear Lord Jesus Christ, I come to You today. I am a sinner. Forgive me my sins and cleanse me with Your Blood. I accept You as my Lord and personal Saviour. Make me a child of God today. Thank You for delivering me from sin and satan to serve the living God and thank You for accepting me into Your Kingdom. Congratulations!
If you prayed this simple prayer of faith with me, you are born again and you are now a child of God. He loves you and will never leave you. Read your Bible daily, obey God’s Word and seek Christian fellowship (John 14:21). With this, you are guaranteed all-round rest and peace in Jesus’ name! Call or write to share your testimonies with me through firstname.lastname@example.org, 07026385437 OR 08141320204.
For more insight, these books authored by me are available at the Dominion Bookstores in all Living Faith Churches and other leading Christian bookstores: Marriage Covenant, Making Marriage Work, Building a Successful Home and Success in Marriage (Co-Authored).
Pastor Faith Oyedepo is the wife of Bishop David Oyedepo, the founder of the Living Faith Church Worldwide a.k.a. Winners’ Chapel, and Senior Pastor of Faith Tabernacle, Canaanland, Ota, Nigeria.