Things haven’t been going your way lately. Maybe it’s your job, or a relationship. Maybe it’s your finances or the constant stream of repairs you have to make on your house or car. Maybe it’s all of the above.
You’re tired, frustrated – maybe even mildly depressed. You feel as if you are stuck in the moment and the moment has been lasting for weeks or months. Each day building upon itself and you’ve found your mind drifting into a very predictable pattern of negativism. Because of this you find yourself becoming anxious about what’s next and contemplating all of the potential unfavorable possibilities.
Understanding the Enemy
Life is all about relationship. That’s why God created us. God created us, loves us, and wants us to enjoy Him always -regardless of our physical and earthly circumstances. Satan on the other hand is constantly seeking for a way to divide us from God and cripple our faith. He does this by constantly harassing us and accusing us; attempting to lead us in lies so that our Christian witness will be diminished and fewer people will see Christ glorified in and through us.
Understanding the Battlefield
Changes in our behavior first come from changes within our minds. Satan is always trying to get us to believe that we can have it better – and that we deserve to have it better. He’s done this from the very beginning with Adam & Eve. And the tactic he used was to turn their minds from the truth, by questioning God’s word, character, and promises.
We, however, have been given the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16). And because we are no longer slaves to sin (Romans 6 & 7) we have the ability to discern Truth, choose to trust and obey God, and resist Satan’s temptations.
Romans 12:2 – Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
2 Corinthians 10:5 – We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.
Philippians 4:8 – Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.
Understanding Our Role and God’s Role
When things aren’t going our way we have a tendency to ask God to change our circumstances so that we can get what we want. Instead we should be asking God to change us – starting with our minds – so that we can see and receive what God is trying to give us. This starts with choosing to obey God’s commands, as cited above. When we fulfill our roles and do what we are commanded, God promises to fulfill his role and bless us in the doing (see John 13:17, James 1:25).
Isaiah 26:3 – You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.
We have the ability not to change our earthly circumstances, but to change how we respond to our earthly circumstances (which are temporary by the way). We’ve been given all that we need – the power of the Holy Spirit and the instructions via the Bible. It’s just a matter of the will.
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© 2016 Michael Martin