Don't panic just chill.
Remember what you are taught!
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Think about the best advice you were ever given. It is probably a profound quote that you will never forget like, “always wear clean underwear”, With God all things are possible”, “look before you leap”, or “mistakes are bruises and not tattoos.”
These power statements stick with us and remind us how to respond in moments of adversity.
The other day, I came across a story of a 10 year old girl who was swimming in a shallow body of water in Florida. The story says that while she was swimming, an alligator bit her. The girl beat the head of the alligator but it was to no avail. She calmed down and made her next move. She stuck two fingers in the alligator’s nostrils. Because the alligator couldn't breathe, his jaws opened and the girl was able to remove her legs from the alligator’s grasp.
Following the incident, the girl explained how she escaped. She gave credit to a Florida park called Gatorland which gave instructions about how to respond in a gator attack.
The bible says in 2 Timothy 3:14, “But you must remain faithful to the things you have been taught. You know they are true, for you know you can trust those who taught you.”
It is amazing that the young girl didn't panic. Yet, it is more awe-inspiring that the young girl survived because she stayed calm and remembered what she was taught.
The bible admonishes us about anxiety and mental duality but gives solace that peace is possible through prayer and reliance on a more powerful source.
Now is not the time to panic. You will walk though your valleys and you can persevere in your mountain peaks when you remember what you have been taught.
Major tests are going to come, loved one's will pass away, jobs close, and unexpected bills occur.
When you feel the bite of fear, anxiety, depression, uncertainty, or confusion remember this:
For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.
You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you
28 And we know that God causes everything to work together[a] for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.
If you listen to these commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today, and if you carefully obey them, the Lord will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always be on top and never at the bottom.
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
In times of trial, go back to your teaching. Panic doesn’t produce positive results. Get calm, get focused and trust your teaching!
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