I must admit, this is a fault of mine. When something goes wrong, I rehearse it to DEATH in my mind! And that is wrong! So wrong. God does not want us to dwell on things to the point that they cause us worry, fear and discouragement. Those, in fact, are tools of the enemy of our souls. He loves nothing better than to cause us pain, anxiety and fear. And, I am ashamed to admit, sometimes I allow him to do just that! I just play right into his evil hands.
Why do I do this? Saying I’m only human is just too easy of an answer. I do this because I look at the problem and not at the solution. Then I let it build up in my mind till that is all I can think about. And that, my friends, is where sin walks in the door. I am not keeping my mind stayed on Christ. I am not taking those thoughts captive to Christ. I am loitering in the land of discouragement and negativity. Those spirits would love nothing better than to control our minds and cause us extreme pain. How satan must love it when we walk right into his living room and sit down and let him control our minds! Because that’s what we do when we rehearse the problem. I am guilty. So guilty. There are times when problems hit, that all I see IS the problem. It’s hard, folks. It’s very hard sometimes to be positive when the winds and waves are tossing around you. My brother told me recently that it’s hard to see anything but the waves crashing around you when you are in the storm. But, as my pastor recently preached, Jesus is in the boat!
We must take every thought captive to Christ! We must remember that the power of life and death is in our tongues (Proverbs 18:21). We must allow God to set a guard over our mouths (Psalm 141:3). We must let the words of our mouths and the ‘meditations of our hearts’ be acceptable in His sight (Psalm 19:14). Because we can do ALL things through Christ who gives us strength (Philippians 4:13). Even when we don’t feel like it, we can remember that God calls those things that be not as though they were (Romans 4:17). Even when we can’t see daylight for the storm, we can thank God for the sunshine that He is going to bring again!
Sometimes, some days, it seems, I just have to keep praising. Praise when you don’t feel like it. Praise when you see nothing good happening around you. Praise just cause Jesus saved you from hell! Because you know what? Praise confuses the devil. He sees what’s happening to us, knows what he’s throwing at us and we still praise! Whole battles were won because of praise. Read 2 Chronicles 20 sometime. The army of Israel never had to lift one weapon when several armies came against them just because they praised first!!! Praise wins battles. Praise tells the enemy that you refuse to let him torment you, that you refuse to live in his darkness and choose instead to live in God’s light and provision. After all, He will create a stream in the desert, a roadway where there is none, a way where there seems to be no way. He is GOD! NOTHING will ever defeat Him and we are His children! He does not want us to loiter in the land of negativity. He wants us to walk out in the light of His love and goodness!
Who will join me today in praising our way out of discouragement? Let’s do this thing! After all, the glory of the Lord is our rear guard.