Philippians 4:8-9… “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. (9) Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
Hello everyone and welcome back to “Sunday Inspiration!” I hope that you had a very nice Thanksgiving! You know…we’ve learned lately, how important it is to give thanks to God…no matter what we may be going through at the time because praise can actually become a weapon that deadens the forces of evil; but have we ever thought about the way we think? Could we be allowing Satan to lead us into further problems; just through our thoughts?
Yesterday, I was experiencing a lot of pain in my legs and as I was getting around for my evening, I looked up to a picture of Jesus that I have hanging on my wall and I thanked Him for bringing me through a very tough day. You know…I could have sat there and complained to Him about everything bad that happened at the time or I could’ve chosen to not speak a word to Him at all but rather than dwelling on those difficult moments, I began to think on the good things that came about, through those tough moments of pain…such as coming through the tough time itself and for God allowing me to have the strength to keep going, until I was finished with my day.
Have you ever wondered what can come about, through thoughts of negativity? I have and I’ve come to see that when I think on something negative; then these become the moments, when I begin to see that God isn’t as close to me, as He once was and instead of feeling His presence, I begin to feel as though I have walked into some unknown territory, where Satan is not only attempting to destroy me with the existing problem but also other problems that stem from the main problem.
I wonder what would happen, if we were to exchange a negative thought or word, with something positive. I think that we would find that no matter what we may be experiencing for the moment; those good thoughts and words would become the key that unlocks our hearts to the presence of a great and mighty God.
How many times have we prayed for peace but never truly received a peace that would be a lasting or eternal peace…a peace that would be ongoing and carry us through a time of affliction? Maybe it’s because we are asking for peace at one moment, while we turn around and go back to the wallowing hole of self-despair the next moment…just by the way we think and react to the problem.
One thing we need to remember today; is that our thoughts and words can truly affect our lives. In other words, a negative word can become the welcoming mat for Satan to enter the heart, while a good word can open the whole heart up to a God that can free us from these difficult moments we’re facing.
Maybe we haven’t had a prayer answered in a while and maybe the suffering continues because we have found a comfortable place in these moments of suffering, while our words and thoughts continually keep us imprisoned within these painful moments.
One thing I have truly come to see within my own life; is that we tend to reach out to God at one moment, while we immediately turn around and allow our thoughts and words to lead us back to a wallowing hole of self-despair. When we choose to do this; then all our time with God in prayer has been wasted, while we continue to let Satan have complete control of the problem.
If we are ever going to escape these problems that just seem to be so overwhelmingly difficult to escape; then first, we need to get ourselves back in God’s presence, rather than Satan’s territory and the only way we are going to be able to accomplish that; is when we allow the positive words and thoughts to lead us there.
Have a blessed Sunday…God bless!
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Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."