“Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” Matthew 26:41 NIV
“Just think positive thoughts,” some say. “Just say no,” others. If it were only that easy. Would you believe these are setups for failure? Why? Because they teach people to trust in themselves, in their own abilities, and not in God’s Almighty power.
“He who trusts confidently in his own heart is a [dull, thickheaded] fool, But he who walks in [skillful and godly] wisdom will be rescued.” Proverbs 28:26 AMP
Human will at best is weak. But there is an all surpassing power that can be found only in God.
“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13 NLT
Paul learned that God’s power could enable him to do anything. God taught him how to go through hard times and good times without losing it, and remaining content. Paul learned to stop trusting in his thinking. We must learn the same. Too often our thoughts and feelings trick us. (Jeremiah 17:9) And we forget that demons have the power to suggest wrong ideas to our minds. (Matthew 4:1-11) Whether we listen to them or not is a different matter. But this can get very tricky. Sometimes we don’t even know that unseen wicked forces are influencing us. (Ephesians 6:10-12) We think how we’re feeling at times is due to just our own emotions. That’s not always so. We need to really be on guard regarding our moods, feelings, and thoughts. To simply, “follow your heart,” as they say isn’t wise. We could be going down a wrong path that we’ve been tricked into believing is right.
“The heart is deceitful above all things And it is extremely sick; Who can understand it fully and know its secret motives?” Jeremiah 17:9 AMP
“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23 NLT
“There is a way that appears to be right, but in the end it leads to death.” Proverbs 14:12 NIV
SOMETHING BETTER THAN A PILL
Sometimes we feel all types of funky ways that we can’t explain. Trusting in God’s thinking and not our emotions is the only way to win. Let’s illustrate how this can be done. Recently a friend of mines was feeling a little down. We all get that way at times. Anybody who says they never do is so deep into fantasy land or they’re just lying to you. But anyway, I made a suggestion to my friend that I know will work for anyone who loves God. I asked her to identify how she was feeling in one phrase or word, then take her Bible concordance and look up that phrase or word, then read and meditate on the scriptures given. I told her to pray to God before reading anything; asking Him to lead her to what He wants her to see and for understanding of His word. Then I guaranteed her if she did this she would feel better. She said she would do it. I called her back an hour later and sure enough she was feeling much better; laughing and giggling as she confidently spoke about God’s promises to help with her situation. She was already helped because her mood had totally changed. I knew this would work for her because I know she loves God. She was just hurting at the moment from enduring many trials, something that happens to all of us. (2 Corinthians 4:8) But when she focussed on God’s word the Holy Spirit comforted her (John 14:15-17), and she immediately felt better. When we study God’s word we are shifting our minds off of how big our problems are, and focusing on how big our great God is! There is no problem He can’t handle or teach us how to cope with. Doing personal Bible study runs away all stinking thinking.
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