Are you familiar with the concept of gratitude journals: journaling testimonies and things you are grateful for? If you haven’t I highly recommend you begin doing this. One of the biggest reasons is that, we as humans tend to forget all the good things in our life and become increasingly ungrateful once problems show up.

Many people can experience a lot of good things from God, and forget it all immediately they have problems.

Fear does this to us. It can cripple us from fulfilling our destiny and cause us to forget the Goodness of God. One of the best examples of this is the case of Elijah below:

When Ahab got home, he told Jezebel everything Elijah had done, including the way he had killed all the prophets of Baal. So Jezebel sent this message to Elijah: “May the gods strike me and even kill me if by this time tomorrow I have not killed you just as you killed them.”
Elijah was afraid and fled for his life. He went to Beersheba, a town in Judah, and he left his servant there. Then he went on alone into the wilderness, traveling all day. He sat down under a solitary broom tree and prayed that he might die. “I have had enough, LORD,” he said. “Take my life, for I am no better than my ancestors who have already died.”

1 Kings 19:1-4 (NLT)

In Elijah’s case, fear caused him to totally forget all the wonderful signs and wonders God had done through him. When fear spoke, he fled and asked God to take his life.

The lies in our heads

Can you imagine a man who killed about 450 prophets of Baal (See 1 Kings 18:19,40) being afraid of the words of one woman? In another translation (KJV) we are told that Elijah saw what Jezebel said.

And when he saw that, he arose, and went for his life, and came to Beersheba, which belongeth to Judah, and left his servant there.

1 Kings 19:3

He visualized his fears till they became real and then fled. Every fear begins in the mind. We are thinking beings and constantly process over a thousand thoughts a day. Chances are that by the time you finish thinking about one evil inspired thought for most of your day, you will begin to see what you fear becoming real.

This is why we are told in Philippians 4:8 to think on things that are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report , virtuous and praiseworthy:

Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

Philippians 4:8 KJV

It feels comforting to think about a problem, but one thing for sure is that thinking can and will never solve our problems. The more we think, the sicker we get, and the sicker we get, the more we think. It’s an endless cycle of sadness. Problems are complicated with more worry and solved only in the place of prayer and thanksgiving. That’s why God tells us to cast our worries on Him in 1 Peter 5:7 and it’s why we are told in Philippians 4:6-7 that:

Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer and petition with thanksgiving, continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].

Philippians 4:6-7 (AMP)

casting all your cares [all your anxieties, all your worries, and all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares about you [with deepest affection, and watches over you very carefully].

1 Peter 5:7 (AMP)

God wants to talk to us. He wants to hear our selfless prayers. He desires moments of intimacy with and thanksgiving from us. There is so much happening in life beyond the one thing we desire and in these moments of intimacy and thanksgiving, God can reveal so much; even the right things to pray about to disentangle our life from the problems that plague us and our families.

Be thankful always

On the subject of thanksgiving, this must be a daily affair. Many problems disappear once we begin taking notice of the blessings that exist in our lives. Many fears exist simply because we have forgotten about our previous blessings from God.

Once we begin to realize that even in the midst of a hardship there is something to be grateful to God for, things will begin to change. Once you realize and praise God for the victory in the past battles and His ability to rescue you again, your fears will begin to diminish.

A PSALM OF DAVID, WHEN HE CHANGED HIS BEHAVIOUR BEFORE ABIMELECH; WHO DROVE HIM AWAY, AND HE DEPARTED.
I will bless the LORD at all times:
his praise shall continually be in my mouth.
My soul shall make her boast in the LORD:
the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.
O magnify the LORD with me,
and let us exalt his name together.
I sought the LORD, and he heard me,
and delivered me from all my fears.
They looked unto him, and were lightened:
and their faces were not ashamed.
This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him,
and saved him out of all his troubles.
The angel of the LORD encampeth
round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
O taste and see that the LORD is good:
blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
O fear the LORD, ye his saints:
for there is no want to them that fear him.
The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger:
but they that seek the LORD shall not want any good thing.
Come, ye children, hearken unto me:
I will teach you the fear of the LORD.
What man is he that desireth life,
and loveth many days, that he may see good?
Keep thy tongue from evil,
and thy lips from speaking guile.
Depart from evil, and do good;
seek peace, and pursue it.
The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous,
and his ears are open unto their cry.
The face of the LORD is against them that do evil,
to cut off the remembrance of them from the earth.
The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth,
and delivereth them out of all their troubles.
The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart;
and saveth such as be of a contrite spirit.
Many are the afflictions of the righteous:
but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.
He keepeth all his bones:
not one of them is broken.
Evil shall slay the wicked:
and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.
The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants:
and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate.

Psalm 34 (KJV)

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