sketch by “Bunny Squish”, used with permission
When I received an envelope filled with some paperwork (a project I was to work on), I found this sketch inside as well. When I saw it (this precious one always gives me little pieces of artwork in our communications) my heart simply broke. It got me to thinking about something, so I asked if I could use it for a blog. The answer was “Yes.”
I believe most of us have had days where we felt like we had been trampled upon; punched in the gut; ran over, etc., right? I know I sure have! The question that arises in my heart when reflecting upon those ‘things’, ‘people’ or ‘situations’ that caused me to “feel” like that is this:
WHAT AM I GOING TO DO WITH THIS FEELING???
Upon answering this question I realize there are numerous choice that I can make.
- Own it – declare it over and over – giving the words power to actually have the feeling become who I am, choosing to make it part of my identity.
- Dwell upon it. Continue to ponder it over and over in my mind, letting it sink down into my heart and bring me down deeper and deeper into a dark hole.
- Get angry. Start harboring resentment towards …. fill in the blank … hurting no one but myself, really.
- Try to figure out and FIX it, most likely only a temporary fix and/or a worsening of the original cause of my feeling.
- Realize that feelings are neither right or wrong, they just are; but that they are not necessarily TRUTH. Decide to turn to God’s Word, apply it to my heart and the situation. Repent for my part, if needed. Forgive the parties involved (myself, if needed). Make the conscious choice to place my identity on who God says I am, not on how I feel or what someone has said or done to me.
The reason I am so adamant about this is because I used to ‘claim’ what I was feeling all the time – the results were disastrous! I ended up in a wheelchair for over 2 1/2 years. I saw myself as being unable to do anything whatsoever. Allowing the pain to cripple me; the emotions to drag me down deeper and deeper. ONLY when I made the CHOICE to stop giving it power by constantly talking about the things and choose instead to stand on and speak the Truth of God’s Word over it instead, did I start seeing victory.
This is an ongoing process . . . “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” 1 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV (emphasis, mine)
Every day we will be faced with situations, things, people, etc. that may cause our minds to want to start reflecting/dwelling/pondering in a direction other than that which is the way God wants us to think. “Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” Philippians 4:8 NKJV (emphasis, mine)
WHAT WILL YOUR CHOICE BE???
We can face anything. We can overcome anything. We can walk victoriously in all areas of our lives as we keep our eyes focused on Christ; on His Words, His example for living this life. He has already given us EVERYTHING we need (we’ve talked about this before several times, because we need to remember the importance of it)!
“3 as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, 4 by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
Fruitful Growth in the Faith
5 But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, 6 to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, 7 to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love. 8 For if these things are yours and abound, you will be neither barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. 9 For he who lacks these things is shortsighted, even to blindness, and has forgotten that he was cleansed from his old sins.” 2 Peter 1:3-9 New King James Version (NKJV)
As we learn to take captive the thoughts, and continue to develop an intimate relationship with our Lord, the more our fruit will be rich and our walk victorious . . . I know my choice . . . I choose the Truth of the Word of God . . .
©klh 4-Given Ministries