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July 2, 2015, 10:30 AM

Control your thoughts

In prayer this a.m., God reminded me that the enemy can't know my thoughts; Satan is not omniscient, nor omnipresent — he can put a thought in my mind, but it is up to me to determine what I do with that thought. Some of his seeds are depression, negativism, bitterness, oppression, hatred, low self-esteem, lack of commitment, and frustration. When we allow those thoughts to marinate in our spirit, they control our actions. We start looking horizontally, instead of vertically. We must keep our focus on Christ and not the crisis. Hebrews 12:1-2 says:

1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Instead of being faithful, we become faithless; instead of being positive, we become negative; instead of being submitted, we become dissented; instead of being a witness, we become wavering — tossed about, up and down, with every wind of opposition that comes against our mind. It is vitally important that we listen to His Word: Philippians 4:8 (KJV)

8 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.

You can't control how Satan attacks you or what he places in your mind; you can control how you react or respond. If I am up one day and down the next, it isn't a God problem, it is a “me” problem. Circumstances change daily, but my commitment to my walk with Jess must never be impacted negatively by my trials and test. 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (KJV) reminds us:

18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.

He doesn't expect me to understand everything (I wouldn't need faith); He just expects me to trust Him and He will direct my paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 says,

5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.

Today, purpose in your heart to not only be a hearer, but a doer of His Word and let it start with your attitude, which determines your altitude. Now, go and have a God day, instead of you day.

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