Your coping mechanism

The other day when I was praying, the Lord reminded me of how everything is possible with Him. I feel like there is a special resurgence of that message. It was strong at some point in many churches and then life happened and the message died down a little bit. My observation is that some churches preach self-preservation and survival but Jesus is not the focus of their message. It is great to be encouraged and to learn coping mechanisms but Jesus should be our number one coping mechanism. He should be the One we trust to help us handle this life. He shouldn’t be a last resort and He shouldn’t come after trying a plan A where He is nowhere to be found. Jesus is your plan A who never fails. Jesus is your coping mechanism who gives you what you need. He is your strength and He is your ability to face anything. I often read the Bible and get excited about the power that is available in the Book and in my life thanks to the Word of God. Diving into the Word and swimming in it on a daily basis allows me to stay afloat through the tough times and to get to the shore of peace when I need to. I can’t talk enough about the power of the Bible and I have to add that the power of Jesus Christ is alive and well. You can find it in His Word and you can find it in your life. We are meant to experience Jesus and to let Him become our default setting. We are not supposed to deal with the harshness of life alone. Jesus is there for us. He is there for a reason. Today I want to encourage you to have Jesus as your coping mechanism.

A coping mechanism is a strategy people often use in the face of stress or trauma to help manage difficult situations. These tough situations can be big or small. People find strategies to deal with them. I am saying today that Jesus should be our coping mechanism. He is not a strategy. He is a Person who can deal with anything and who has seen everything. Your worst problem is not a shock to Him. Nothing that happens to you will ever traumatize Him or intimidate Him. Get that out of the way and remember that the Lord can handle anything in the world. No matter where you are and no matter what you are going through, you have a Savior that will not be scared and that will not bow down. He will not run away and leave you stranded. He will take care of you and give you what it takes to face your problems. You see, the Lord is interested in how we react to things. He wants to change us so we can deal with anything. When we pray and ask for help, His help is on the way but it doesn’t always take on the form that we expect. Let’s say you were going through financial difficulties. When you pray to the Lord, He listens so He is going to do something about your situation. What He desires for you first is to be at peace. He is going to work on your heart and on your emotions and be that coping mechanism that you can use in the face of your financial crisis. Being calm is crucial. Once we are calm, we are more receptive to the Lord.

God is looking at your heart and He will make sure that your heart is not troubled. He hasn’t turned a deaf ear. He is not ignoring you. He will become your coping mechanism if you let Him. What does that entail? It entails that when the storms are raging, you can get peace through Christ. You can put Him between the storm and yourself. You can rely on Him to calm you down and to bring you to a place of serenity where your problems won’t bother you. It is the truth. Your coping mechanism can do that for you. He has what is called peace that surpasses all understanding. It is out of this world and it comes from Jesus. He has become my coping mechanism and I am glad to report that He doesn’t let me down. Thanks to Him I can cope and I can handle things that used to drive me crazy. He is soothing. He is appeasing. He is encouraging and He is comforting. React to life with Jesus. Your coping mechanism will never break down and He won’t disappoint you. Trauma and drama are part of life. We can’t escape them but with Jesus we can handle anything. Stay strong in the Lord! May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!

Suggested reading: Isaiah 41:10; Psalm 46:1; Matthew 7:7

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