At the end of the day, there’s two sides of being overwhelmed. We either are overwhelmed with the circumstances of life or with the Presence of LIfe. When we’re overwhelmed with our circumstances we become increasingly tired, anxious, and eventually ill. Yet. When we’re overwhelmed with the Presence of LIfe, we have an indescribable peace and an experience of well-being despite the circumstances we face.
What side of overwhelmed we live in . . . depends on how we position our thoughts and actions . . . on a daily basis.
When we intentionally refuse to be overwhelmed with our circumstances, we break free by releasing it all, refusing the power of the circumstance to touch us, focusing on the intensely, all-consuming, powerful presence of God. The thing is . . . we must determine God defines life, transforming who we are, what we do, and how we do it . . . in order to conquer the power of the stuff we face.
There’s no reason to be a victim of our circumstances, overwhelmed by it all except for one thing, a choice. And. At times, it must be a moment-by-moment choice to take our focus off the circumstance, putting it solely on God. It’s seen in the story of Stephen in the book of Acts as he faced a murderous mob: At that point they went wild, a rioting mob of catcalls and whistles and invective. But Stephen, full of the Holy Spirit, hardly noticed—he only had eyes for God, whom he saw in all his glory with Jesus standing at his side. He said, “Oh! I see heaven wide open and the Son of Man standing at God’s side!” (Acts 7:54-56, The Message)
Can you imagine being overwhelmed with God, the Presence of Life, rather than the kind of circumstance Stephen faced? He did not have fear but an indescribable peace. He conquered the power of the most difficult circumstances–a mob ready to murder him. His reality was by the all-encompassing, intense powerful presence of the Spirit of God rather than by the murderers.
As we focus more on God and less on our circumstances, we see life is not to be lived on our own but through the supernatural power of the Spirit.
We have the choice to set our day in the direction of God, breaking free of the power of the stuff we face, to engage with the supernatural presence and power of God.
- Determine to move towards God, refusing to give in to your circumstances.
- Look beyond the moment and see what God has for you.
- Be overwhelmed by the all-encompassing, intense powerful Presence of LIfe and give thanks.
Learning to Kickstart the day overwhelmed with the all-encompassing, intense powerful Presence of LIfe,
(Written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)