Stop Trying to Control Everything (1)
Without self-control we end up hurting ourselves, but when we become overly controlling of ourselves or others, it’s an indication that we’re not trusting God enough. In the final analysis God alone determines our outcomes. So: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths’ (vv. 5-6 NKJV).
If you find yourself trying to control every detail and aspect of your life, try using these strategies for developing the right mindset:
1) Understand that you are not an independent, self-sufficient being. ‘…We are His people, and the sheep of His pasture’ (Psalms 100:3 NKJV). Sheep cannot take care of themselves; they need the shepherd to feed them, lead and protect them. Getting the idea?
2) When the unexpected happens, practice responding calmly. God is never taken by surprise. What seems like a crisis is often an opportunity for Him to demonstrate His love and care for you.
3) Focus on the internal and leave the external to God. Once you settle within yourself that you cannot control most external happenings, but only your internal response to them, you’ll be able to stop stressing out over the uncontrollable and the inevitable.
Take a deep breath to slow the flow of adrenaline, send up a silent prayer, then turn the problem over to God. Realize that His plans for your life have not been derailed. ‘You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed’ (Psalms 139:16 NLT). Stop trying to control everything.
‘…He shall direct your paths.’ Proverbs 3:6 NKJV
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
1 Corinthians 6:19-20; 10:19, 22-27; 16:13
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you? You are not your own, for you were bought with a price! So glorify God in your body! Let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, & to which God has called him. I have made myself a servant to all that I might win more of them. To the weak I became weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all people that by all means I might save some. I do it all for the sake of the gospel. Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one receives the prize? So run that you may obtain it. Every athlete exercises self-control in all things. They do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we can imperishable. So I do not run aimlessly; I do not box as one beating the air. But I discipline my body & keep it under control! Be watchful, stand firm in the faith, act like men, be strong. Let all that you do be done in love.
Run today that you might win the prize! You are His temple! He lives in you! Glorify Him in your body! Run today!