THE OUTCOME IS UP TO YOU
You determine the outcomes in your life, because God has given no one but you power over your options.
When things aren’t working out for us, we often look elsewhere for the reason. Like Eve, we say, ‘The devil made me do it.’ No, Jesus said, ‘…I give unto you power…over all the power of the enemy…’ (Luke 10:19 KJV). Like Adam, we say, ‘Eve made me do it.’ But the Psalmist says, ‘…I trust God, so I am not afraid. What can human beings do to me?’ (Psalms 56:4 NCV).
Sometimes we believe circumstances beyond our control are responsible, but with God ‘…all things [including people and circumstances] work together for [our] good…’ (Romans 8:28)—not for our defeat! Your misbeliefs victimize you and predispose you to a lifestyle of trying to change people and circumstances. That’s like attempting to unscramble an egg. You become a blame-fixer instead of a problem-solver.
Accept the truth that no matter what Satan, others, or circumstances do, God gives you the right to the last word in your life. ‘…greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world’ (1 John 4:4 KJV). The outcome is not determined by what goes on around you, but by what goes on within you. ‘…as he thinks in his heart, so is he…’ (Proverbs 23:7 NKJV).
The devil can only determine the outcome with your permission and cooperation—and you don’t have to give them! So believe in God’s ability to bring you triumphantly through this difficulty.
‘…Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould…’
Romans 12:2 PHPS
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
John 14:6, 12, 14, 19-20, 23; 16:27 Luke 11:9-10, 13
I am the way, & the truth, & the life! No one comes to the Father except through me.
Whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; & greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. If you ask me anything in my name I will do it!
Because I live, you also will live! In that day you will know that I am in my Father & you in me & me in you! If anyone loves Me, he will keep
My word, & My Father will love him & we will come to Him & make our home with Him!
The Father Himself loves you, because you have loved Me
& have believed that I came from God! I tell you, ask, & it will be given to you, seek, & you will find; knock, & it will be opened to you.
For everyone who asks receives, & the one who seeks finds & to the one who knocks it will be opened.
How much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!