All to often we get stuck, the trick I believe is recognizing that it is ourselves, our own flesh that is keeping us there. What do we do normally, we blame, accuse, be a victim, or get arrogant and pretend all is perfect and we aren't wrong.
What if all that is a big waste of time, energy, even keeping you from wonderful bliss. It is true. It is the enemy playing all those negative and stupid tapes in our heads. It's a new year... What more reason do you want than to strike out a new. Make some changes. Start with looking inward, where does your flesh have you stuck? I know where mine is, I'm hurt. People have hurt me, betrayed me, lied, cheated, stolen, accused... Constantly pushing me into a position of defense or just brokenness. I'm telling you I have so many reasons to be broken, it's like a Rolodex of which one should we choose today... And poof another one appears. I say this because it's true, best you know that I am real and facing the same challenges you are every day. My strength comes from the Lord, my perseverance is being rewarded and I am being shaped by my Master, the finisher. TYL. Still, it is a choice. We have to choose to be happy, to be set free from the bondage that life throws at us. Realize that what you do w the information (or garbage) that gets thrown at you, effects you. Your walk, your testimony, your victories. It empowers Gods plan and purpose, or derails it.
Okay, I get it, I love the NIKE slogan. I say it a lot, Just Do It. Seriously, that's all it is. Just do it, get in the Word and Get on your Knees. He will give you the strength you are missing. The clear vision, the hopefulness you feel has disappeared. The desire and motivation you once had. So seriously stop focusing on "I used to be this way". And focus on what "you want to be now". Say it, reinforce it!! Your words, remember, will promote or kill. Choose carefully.
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
Jeremiah 29:11 NIV
“Do not be afraid; you will not be put to shame. Do not fear disgrace; you will not be humiliated. You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.”
Isaiah 54:4 NIV
“And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:19 NIV
“Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”
1 Peter 5:7 NIV
“Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love....... There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
1 John 4:8, 18 NIV
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