Years ago, in a time of prayer, the Lord said that He would make me unshakeable. I was a bit naïve at the time, and new to Spirit Filled living, so I was excited by such a word. I envisioned a life where I’d walk in faith no matter the circumstances, where my emotions and fear would no longer get the better of me, and where I’d walk with a constant sense of His strong presence. While that’s a lovely thought, I had no idea of what I’d go through to in order to even begin to see some of that come to fruition. I’ll give you a hint…it’s kind of like praying for patience. You LEARN it by facing situations that require it!
When I first began the “lessons” I completely forgot about becoming unshakeable. I responded to the crises that came up the same as everyone else: panic and despair. I experienced hard situations come into my family with such frequency it was like waves of the sea just crashing over us again, and again, and again…I thought it would never end.
It got to the point that I just put my hands up in surrender. “What else, God? There’s nothing I can do to stop all of this, so I just surrender. I give up fighting.” Surrender. That’s a key, BUT there’s a HUGE caveat. I wasn’t surrendering to circumstances. I wasn’t giving up hope. I was surrendering to God. I shifted my hope for a change in our circumstances from MY ability to effect change to God’s ability to truly change things. I realized that there was NOTHING that I could do to fix it, only HE could. I surrendered to Him.
After that surrender, I began to remember the warrior I once was. I began to awaken the woman that God has called “more than a conqueror”. I discovered ways to focus my thoughts on God rather than the pain of what was happening. I learned spiritual techniques that would strengthen my faith and allow me to fight with God’s power rather than my own. (If you are curious, I have many blogs that discuss these techniques like radical gratitude and speaking life.)
Following that surrender, I stopped allowing despair and panic take over. After all, God is in control and He has a good plan for my life and the lives of my family members. Sure, I’ve had moments where I’ve faltered and slipped into self-pity, but I don’t stay there long when I remember the warrior that I really am…the warrior God created me to be. By the way, I’m not the only one created to be warrior…YOU are too!
After a number of years of increasingly difficult trials, I began to realize how much stronger I was becoming. I was able to handle new situations with grace and without the panic and despair that once would’ve prevailed. Though my family faced heartbreaking circumstances, I had some comfort in realizing that just a few years before the same situations might’ve destroyed me. I’m not prone to exaggeration, so this realization is awe inspiring that God has brought us this far, and strengthened us in the process.
While praying about some current situations in our lives, the Lord reminded me of the fact that He had once told me that I would become unshakeable. I realized that though I wasn’t there yet, I was far closer to it than I once was. The Holy Spirit also began to remind me of numerous scriptures that point to the quality of being unshakeable.
Hebrews 12:28 (NKJV) Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.
The first thing that I remembered is that God’s kingdom is unshakeable. If I’m part of His Kingdom and His Kingdom is being manifest in my life, then I am also unshakeable. The key is for us to remember that He is ALWAYS with us. If you could literally SEE Him standing next to you, would you fear anything? Probably not. Well, here’s the truth:
Acts 2:25 (AMPC) For David says in regard to Him, I saw the Lord constantly before me, for He is at my right hand that I may not be shaken or overthrown or cast down [from my secure and happy state].
Also, in both 1 Thessalonians 3:3, and 2 Thessalonians 2:2 we are admonished to not allow our minds to be shaken by what we see. Being unshakeable is indeed a quality that Christ wants for His church. I believe that we can begin to obtain this quality of being unshakeable by focusing on the fact that Christ, Who lives in us, is unshakeable. He’s our strong tower (Proverbs 18:10). That sounds pretty stable and unshakeable doesn’t it? He hides us under the shadow of His wings (Psalm 91). HE’s unshakeable, so being hidden in Him, we won’t be shaken either. Are you getting the picture?
Our emotions and minds are prone to being shaken, and on our own we can only do so much to hold ourselves together. BUT we aren’t on our own. We aren’t alone. The One who IS unshakeable is in us, He surrounds us, He fills us, and He empowers us. He’s our source of strength and stability.
Do you remember the account of Peter walking on water? Peter was doing just fine staying above the boisterous waves as long as he did what? Of course you know the answer! As long as Peter’s eyes were on Jesus, he walked on the waves. Peter sank when he took his eyes off of Jesus. Then the waves crashed over him and threatened to drown him.
We can experience situations in life that threaten to crash over us and take us under the weight of the storm and waves. We can focus on the wind and waves, and like Peter become overwhelmed by them, OR we can choose to intentionally keep our eyes on Jesus and keep those crashing waves under our feet. Looking at Jesus doesn’t remove the storms or tidal waves of tough situations from our lives, but keeping our focus on Him calms our hearts and minds. We are reminded of the fact that the One who is in control is also standing right beside us. That’s the key to becoming unshakeable.
I’m on this journey, the same as you. I don’t pretend to have “arrived,” but if sharing some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way, spares someone a little of the growing pains that I’ve experienced, then I’m happy to share. The bottom line is this: we must make a conscious choice in the midst of pain, in the midst of bad reports, in the midst of chaos to look to Jesus rather than the storms. Yes, we pray, but we pray from a place of being seated with Christ in the Heavenly Places (Ephesians 2:6) far above the storm. We don’t pray out of fear. We pray out of the assurance that God is Faithful. He’s been faithful to bring us this far, and He’ll be faithful to carry us the rest of the way.
This takes practice, and it definitely doesn’t come automatically (at least not in my experience.) Consider this warrior training. Consider this the same as battening down the hatches in our hearts, minds, and souls. When we are anchored in the One Who is unshakeable, we cannot help but become unshakeable, too.
I challenge you to look for more scriptures that point to the unshakeable quality of God, and that which He’s given to us. It might surprise you, just as it did me to find many scriptures that allude to this. How about Romans 8:38-39? How unshakeable is God’s love for us in Christ? Nothing that might shake us could ever shake His love for us. In fact, His perfect love casts out fear (1 John 4:18), and what is being shakeable but being fearful? To anchor ourselves so that the storms of life don’t shake us, we must intentionally keep our eyes on Jesus and seek to know Him more. We have to pursue an understanding of His great love for us, when it would seem to make more sense to worry, fret, and pace the floor. It’s a choice. Just like Peter, we must choose between staring at the overwhelming waves, or keeping our focus on Jesus so we can keep them under our feet.
It’s our choice.
© 2017 Deborah Wittig