Can we trust when everything just seems so wrong? How we handle these defining moments can impact our whole life and others around us. When we are tested in this life, it is when we radically trust and obey God that we will see God move on our behalf. And our obedience will bless us and those around us.
Ever been forgiven for something you did? Sweet mercy. Undeserved. Makes you want to repay that person, right? God has done this for us. How now shall we live? The world system around us is asking us to offer our bodies and our lives to sin. But in view of the mercy of God, we refuse and offer our body, our life, all we have for One.
My precious daughter stood in our living room sharing how God had revealed so many awesome truths to her. As she shared, her eyes beamed and you could feel the victories she had won over past discouragement. Pure joy. Oh, if we could just bottle that up, right? The next day after my sweet girl proclaimed victory, she professed defeat. Pouring out her heart, she felt that the perspective from just hours before was lost.
What causes such a sudden change? Mindsets. Negative mindsets, to be specific. Like a dark cloud, they roll in to confuse our viewpoint and snuff out hope. And if we’re honest, we’ve all been there.
We’ve felt that familiar pain of erratic emotions dictating to us how we are going to feel about life. And these feelings are powerful. They don’t just wreck our mood. They can set the course for our lives if we don’t recognize the mindsets and do something about it. As it says in Proverbs 4:23 (GNT): “Be careful how you think; your life is shaped by your thoughts.”
But the good news is that we are not a victim of our mindsets. When negativity threatens to blind our view, we have relief—if we reach for it . . .