Spiritual First Responder

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What is your spiritual first responder? Where do you go in times of stress, worry, or hardship? This episode explores those tools and a healthy way to deal with stress.

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Driving on busy roads, we often hear emergency vehicles with blaring horns and flashing lights, and our first reaction is panic. Where am I? Is the ambulance, fire truck, or police car coming my way? How do I get out of the way? What do I do first? Similarly, how do we react when we are in an emergency situation of our own?
Being a first responder means being a person of action and good under pressure. Without the benefit of the training, we may need to work up to it and learn at our own pace. Responding to a crisis with the correct answer or help isn’t easy. The good news is we are not in this alone. We are armed with faith, and just like putting on the Armor of God (Ephesians 6:10-18), we can prepare and be ready.  God tells us specifically what to do!
Putting on God’s armor is important when we deal with our own problems and those of others.
What do you do when someone asks you for advice in a serious situation?
We can break it down like this:
  1. Listen carefully to what is being said.
  2. What is the need?
  3. Is there anything you can do?
  4. Plan of action

There is power in just listening when someone is hurting or in need. It is a relief that there is someone who can be there for you and that often is one of the greatest blessings. To know you have someone you can talk to and count on to keep your needs confidential and to help you with prayer or other things is wonderful as well. Yet, it is good to be prepared. Your spiritual tool kit may look different than mine, which is okay, but here are some things that may help you plan.

Spiritual First Responder Tool Kit.

  • Emergency Scripture verses
    • The Joy of the Lord is my strength (Nehemiah 8:10)
    • What, then, shall we say to this? If God is for us, who is against us? (Romans 8:31)
    • I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. (Phil. 4:13)
    • Taste and see that the Lord is good! Happy is the man who takes refuge in him! (Psalm 38:8)
    • Rejoice in your hope, be patient in tribulation, and constantly pray.(Romans 12:12)
    • I have said to you that you may have peace in me. In the world, you have tribulation; but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)
    • Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might (Ephesians 6:10)
    • He is my rock, salvation, and fortress; I shall not be shaken. On God rests my deliverance and my honor;  my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.
      Psalms 62:6-8
    • Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; be not frightened, neither be dismayed; for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1-9)
    • And my God will supply your every need according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
  • Praises – Praise God in Word and deed
    • Thanks be to You, my God
    • I praise You and thank you in all things.
    • All glory to God
    • You are the Alpha and the Omega
  • Words of reminders to yourself and others.
    • God, You are in control.
    • I will keep my eyes on Your Lord.
    • I will look to You, Lord, for all of my needs.
    • I release all of my cares to You, God.
    • I trust in You, my Lord.

I belong to an international ministry with a very large and interconnected ministry. We have upwards of five or six emails that come out each day, thankfully, someone consolidates them all into one, and we send It out to our local group for prayers. It is amazing that anyone in need has a network of people who pray. Many of the older ladies in our church are called to do this daily, and they take their jobs seriously.

Being a prayer warrior is important work, and while we can’t all be on the front lines, some of us can. There are those who pray for the end of abortion or at the abortion clinics themselves. Others work in grief centers or addiction hotlines. These are the true spiritual first responders, and if we as Christians can possibly help, we should, even if it is just for our family and friends.

God really cares about us, and He loves you so much~ remember that when you are struggling or feel like giving up. You are special, you are precious, and God chose you. Remember, He will provide for us when we are in need!

Think about preparing yourself for a time of spiritual need, and this week the challenge is to gather those scripture verses and other things that will help you and those in need.

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