‘Seeing the worst!’ ‘Expecting the worst!’ ‘Fearing the worst!’ ‘Speaking the worst!’
These are all vain imaginations that, if meditated upon long enough, will guarantee the very thing you most fear will come upon you! It is a Biblical principle we see over and over in Scripture. For example:
“For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” (Prov. 23:7)
There is no escaping this truth. The sooner we grasp it the sooner we will see that, just as bad things can happen to us because of what we meditate on in our hearts, so will the opposite occur when we meditate on the good things of the Word of God. We will find joy, peace, prosperity and good success (Josh. 1:8)
But if we don’t know the truth about who we are, what we now have a citizens of the Kingdom of God and what we can now do through faith in Christ Jesus, then we will be forever struggling in the ‘flesh’: confused, despondent and frustrated – even to the point of giving up!
During my 20 or so years as a Christian, I have had a big issue of ‘Rejection!’ – specifically in my home church.
This kind of fear can produce all sorts of manifestations of the flesh – as a means of making myself feel accepted, valued and honoured! This can manifest in attempts to be ‘someone’ at the front of the church meeting; to perform for approval. There is of course much good in this kind of spontaneous speaking of the ‘now’ word etc., but the question is; what is motivating me? What is driving me to be noticed? Is it for Christ’s glory or mine?
For me, I have found that when I do try make myself feel good, accepted and valued, then all I’m really doing is enforcing the very fears I try to overcome! It’s a vicious circle.
The solution is to meditate on he Truth of who we truly are In Christ Jesus and to take small steps forward in demonstrating Biblical Truth. Gradually as we cast down Imaginations of the ‘wrong picture’ of who we are, we are then able to re-programme our hearts with the truth of who we are according to God’s Word – son’s and daughters of the Most High God. This is the only accolade we will ever need!
“This Book of the law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)
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