Philippians 4:4-7 (TLB) Always be full of joy in the Lord; I say it again, rejoice! Let everyone see that you are unselfish and considerate in all you do. Remember that the Lord is coming soon. Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything; tell God your needs, and don’t forget to thank him for his answers. If you do this, you will experience God’s peace, which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your hearts quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.
What are you worried about right now? What makes you anxious? What causes your heart to beat fast and thoughts to race? Anxiety is born of a false perception of control. Worry means that I believe I have some impact on the future greater than the Sovereign God. I am an analyzer. By nature, I can examine something to death. It is human nature to overcomplicate the Gospel with people made doctrine in order to feel like there is something to be done in response to God’s Reckless Love and Fathomless Grace. Well, after many years of reading, studying, meditating on, marinating in, and writing about God’s Word – I have a dramatic revelation. Overanalyzing will stop obedience. It puts us in a hidden bondage that is dangerous. To go from a careless life to an overburden existence is not God’s Plan for you. His Will is not all that difficult to find if we are willing to relinquish control of our life to the Living God. The cure for overanalyzing is simple obedience.
Life is full of worries. Worry that will shackle you in anxiety that is a cell with an unlocked door yet fortified by fear. I have a Lab named Scout. Scout was adopted at just eight weeks old. A friend literally felt God impress upon their heart to give me this well-pedigreed duck dog just because. When she came home with us, she literally screamed and cried the whole way. My daughter wailed take her back to her mama and siblings. During the day she could free roam and there was a large pen in our foyer when no one was watching during those first several months of training. During that time, she grew into a massive almost 90 lb. beast. The pen was not of solid construction and she could have easily barreled right through it but she didn’t. At night, she would go to sleep in her crate with a soft fuzzy blanket. Scout is now two. She is housebroken and has proven she can free roam without doing any damage. In fact, she loves to sleep with our girls. But in the morning, when she hears me get up, she goes to lay in her crate. The door is open. She is not held back but waits for me to come get her there. We are a lot like Scout sometimes. Though set free, we return to the comfort of control and cell of worry and anxiety. The door is unlocked and open. Christ did that for us and threw away the key so it would never imprison us again, but so often we return.
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 (TLB) It is true that I am an ordinary, weak human being, but I don’t use human plans and methods to win my battles. I use God’s mighty weapons, not those made by men, to knock down the devil’s strongholds. These weapons can break down every proud argument against God and every wall that can be built to keep men from finding him. With these weapons I can capture rebels and bring them back to God and change them into men whose hearts’ desire is obedience to Christ.
Overanalyzing the Way and Will of God can produce fear, worry and anxiety in our life. God created us intentionally. He fully and completely examined our heart while scripting the life that would lead to His Purpose, Plan, and Prosperity in life. He knew exactly what our soul required to know Him, love Him and seek Him. Every step of my life is ordered by God. I believe that in the days of darkness preceding revelation and full acceptance of His Amazing Love – there were many fears that imprison us. But after the Son set us free, and we are truly set free – I believe the enemy flips the script. Now our days and nights are spent worrying according to the conditions and circumstances of our life. Did we miss God? Are we pleasing God? Does God see me? Know me? Is He punishing me? Is He going to use me? What am I here for? Why?
Our greatest weapon against the lie of the enemy is God’s Word. It is labeled the Sword of the Spirit. Faith is our shield. Our stance is firm in this place but there is something that must be done. The Word and Spirit lead us to obedience. We must learn to obey the Lord in the simplicity of each step. With each beat of our heart and whisper in our soul, say a resounding “Yes, Lord!” It is the pathway from fear, worry and anxiety produced by over analyzing that allows us to walk in freedom once again. You are not where you are by mistake any more than Joseph was. It may feel like the pit or limited as a prison but if you will simply obey it will lead to great destiny. The greatest step taken is first from fear to faith. Simple yet radical faith.
Psalm 139:1-7 (TLB) O Lord, you have examined my heart and know everything about me. You know when I sit or stand. When far away you know my every thought. You chart the path ahead of me and tell me where to stop and rest. Every moment you know where I am. You know what I am going to say before I even say it. You both precede and follow me and place your hand of blessing on my head. This is too glorious, too wonderful to believe! I can never be lost to your Spirit! I can never get away from my God!
What if overanalyzing your current position is hindering your progress? Fear has a way of keeping us from moving and becoming stagnant in God’s Plan. We become so enthralled with God’s Will and forget His Way. Psalm 139 is a vivid illustration of God’s Proximity. Christ lives in us. He has given His Spirit to us. I can never get away from God. He is in this place in this moment. He simply is asking me to obey but my flesh is analyzing His Direction. My heart desires to follow but my head is still deciding. Our hesitation becomes shackles. We think God is holding back. Hope is deferred. He is just waiting on us to decide to take a simple step of obedience. To love God means loving others and that is usually where it all starts. We dream of doing great things for God but what if His Glory is hidden in a friend, neighbor, co-worker or enemy who simply needs a helping hand, encouragement, prayer or maybe just your forgiveness. Whoa! It is a startling revelation to think that while I am looking at a door trying to think of a way in creating some masterplan of my own to pick the lock or take it down that maybe Jesus is saying, “Hey, just turn the knob and give it a push. I opened it for you.”
Jeremiah 17:9-10 (TLB) The heart is the most deceitful thing there is and desperately wicked. No one can really know how bad it is! Only the Lord knows! He searches all hearts and examines deepest motives so he can give to each person his right reward, according to his deeds—how he has lived.
He can give to each person his right reward, according to his deeds—how he has lived. I repeat this for emphasis now let’s cut to the chase. According to his deeds – how he has lived. You live your life day by day, moment by moment and breath by breath. How much of our time is wasting wondering what God is doing, how He is going to do, if we agree or will like it at all? Those are moments that could be filled with simple obedience. Love is obedience to God. Love is demonstrated in our existence with other people. To love God is to love people. To follow the example of Jesus is to love people. To lay down our life for people. That is true ministry. A life surrendered to the Lord will be marked by love. How are you living your life? In bondage to fear, worry and anxiety that God isn’t using you or not fulfilling you. It is time to bust open the door and give your life away. It is time to stop thinking and start obeying. This is freedom. To pour out our life so He can fill us with more of Him. It is simple. It is radical. It is not complicated. It is so very simple.
Lamentations 3:40-41 (TLB) Let us examine ourselves instead, and let us repent and turn again to the Lord. Let us lift our hearts and hands to him in heaven…
It is time to examine our heart and mind. Repent for those things holding us back of our manmade barricades. God is with you. He is for you. He has a Purpose for your life right now in your current position. You have a mission to love others. You have been given simple instructions now it is time for simple obedience. Obedience overcomes over analyzation of one’s life. When faith is demonstrated without seeing where it will take us. This is the Will of God. It is His Way. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God. Trust is essential. Hope is defined by doing what faith tells us to do without hesitation. It will never lead to disappointment. Your mind cannot facilitate the Plan of God achieved by faith – only your heart.
Romans 5:5 (TLB) Then, when that happens, we are able to hold our heads high no matter what happens and know that all is well, for we know how dearly God loves us, and we feel this warm love everywhere within us because God has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.