There are periods in my life that become difficult to think positive about anything. Does this ever happen to you? When everything seems to go wrong and pile up on me, my tongue will tend to say what my mind thinks. I don't even realize the depth of the situation I'm in. I have forgotten that it is unnecessary to carry the smallest of burdens. In fact, I, through the busyness of daily living, forgot to renew my thinking to what the Word says:
" And do not conformed to this world, but be transformed by the
renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and
that acceptable and that perfect will of God." Rom.12:2 (NKJV)
"...casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself
against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity
to the obedience of Christ." 2Cor.10:5 (NKJV)
I tend to let these words of living the real "high life" slide from my thinking, and fall into negative stinking thinking, talking the problem instead of the solution, and acting as though I was back in my drinking days. My mind doesn't think about what the Word says about me and my new life in Christ. How did I get into this state?
When I've had enough I go to God for help, (it's never too late), and there, I see my problem. He always leads me out the same way, through His Word. When I become desperate enough, I read what the Word says about me, and faith rises up, and freedom from this dark place ensues.
"I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Phil.4:13 (NKJV)
"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who
called you out of darkness into His marvelous light." 1Pet.2:9 (NKJV)
I can say, "I'm full of strength because I'm full of Christ Jesus." I'm chosen! I'm His representative here in this world! I'm not in darkness, I'm in the light!"
"And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches
in glory." Phil.4:19 (NKJV)
I can say, "my needs are met through God, there is nothing I need!" In the gospel of John, Jesus says of us: that we are the light of the earth, we have His peace, we have been given His Spirit to live, guide, and dwell in us by faith, and many other things that should make us full of life, joy, and peace. We should never go around with our heads hanging down, a frown, talking misery, no, we should jump out of bed each day with enthusiasm! We should speak what the word says about us, remind ourselves that Christ has raised us up to live in victory, no longer a victim. We can bounce out of bed and say, "alright mr. devil, lets have it out, I know what your up to and I'm finished listening to your trash talk! Now here's what the word says about me!" And then proceed to tell him what the Bible says, he don't like that!
I'll confess to you that lately I have been under heavy attack, and have been in that dark place because of life's cares. As I write this blog, I'm reminding myself of these truths and laying out my counter attack. God is with me, He is with you! Let's get pumped up and fight back! We have the armor and weapons to live in high victory, (Eph.6), so let's use them.
Thanks to all of you for reading, and special thanks to those who comment and like these blogs. God bless and keep you all, Keith.