“Therefore since we have these promises let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God” (2 Cor 7:1)
Thoughts that are neither illuminating nor glorifying God can happen to anyone. They could be thoughts of worry or diversion. These thoughts can be full of poison and leave you down and quite depressed.
How do you fight negative thoughts when they throng your mind? The word of God is always our refuge. First of all, we are reminded, “Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it” ( Prov 4:23, NIV). This means we should be most careful in putting ourselves in such situations where our minds are saturated with that kind of information that only leaves us dishonoring God. There is that company which is always full of negative vibes and we should just steer away far from.
Then also we should remember that the word of God is our ultimate weapon. “For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double edged sword, it penetrates even to the dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” ( Heb 4:12, NIV).
Here is the trick. When Satan dared penetrate the ranks of Jesus by casting doubts, he was immediately rebuked by the Word of God: “Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns” ( Mathew 16:23).
Next time you find negative thoughts taking the better part of you, aside from keeping far from such crowd, just cast them off with God’s powerful and liberating word.
Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I cast off any thoughts that do not honor you and want to push me back, out of my mind, with your powerful and liberating positive Word, this I pray in Jesus’s name.
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“Who dares despise the day of small things, since the seven eyes of the Lord that range throughout the earth will rejoice when they see the chosen capstone in the hand of Zerubbabel” ( Zechariah 4:10).
The public life of King David is well known. However, there is an early aspect of his life quite hidden though we can get glimpse of it. The first time we get to know David he is a stay home kid while his big brothers are on to bigger stuff, like fighting with King Saul. “Jesse’s three oldest sons had followed Saul to the war: The firstborn was Eliab; the second, Abinadab; and the third, Shammah. David was the youngest. The three oldest followed Saul, but David went back and forth from Saul to tend his father’s sheep at Bethlehem” ( I Samuel 27:13-14).
Left home alone perhaps it was a time for David to bond with the old man Jesse. Maybe he sometimes felt idle and ignored. But there was something maturing in his life for the life ahead. For in the meantime as he would later point to King Saul once an opportunity availed itself, God was ironing out his CV. When he offered to take on Goliath and Saul hesitated, he quickly shot back: “Your servant has been keeping his father’s sheep. When a lion or a bear came and carried off a sheep from the flock, I went after it, struck it and rescued the sheep from its mouth. When it turned on me, I seized it by its hair, struck it and killed it. Your servant has killed both the lion and the bear; this uncircumcised Philistine will be like one of them, because he has defied the armies of the living God. The Lord who rescued me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear will rescue me from the hand of this Philistine” (vv 35-37).
That’s the point. What had apparent been idle moments God was preparing David for the battles ahead? He would not only emerge out of the shadow as a great warrior but also a shepherd of his people ever relying on God.
Equally so, for all of us, there are moments that might appear idle and we feel frustrated as we see the days go by. Yet, in His gentle ways, God is preparing us for great days ahead.
Prayer today: Lord Father God, maker of heaven and earth, for those periods in life of apparent inactivity and maybe trials, help me appreciate them as the maturing me, for in due time and season all will bear fruit, this I pray in Jesus’ name!