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Hindrance 8: Focusing on Circumstances and Symptoms

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Matt 14:28-30 "Lord, if it's you," Peter replied, "tell me to come to you on the water." "Come," he said. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, "Lord, save me!" NIV

Did you notice when Peter started to sink? When he stopped looking towards Jesus and started to look at the circumstances surrounding him: the waves, the wind, and the water. Don't blame him too fast. Would you have done any better?

It is the same with us. If we concentrate rather on our sickness and fall into self-pity we start to sink as well, sinking into depression and doubt. But as long as we concentrate on Jesus, our symptoms will not look as bad as they look.

Whenever you feel dragged down by your immediate circumstances, start to praise God. It will open unknown doors to you and will invite God's presence in your life. Any depression you may have, will be lifted up!

Acts 16:23-26 "After they had been severely flogged, they were thrown into prison, and the jailer was commanded to guard them carefully. Upon receiving such orders, he put them in the inner cell and fastened their feet in the stocks. About midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was such a violent earthquake that the foundations of the prison were shaken. At once all the prison doors flew open, and everybody's chains came loose." NIV

P. S. The devil cannot stand when we praise God! However our praises invite God's Holy Spirit.

See http://www.answers2prayer.org/praise_principle.html

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