Take a moment to consider these two questions.
Question one: How do you respond when you’re treated badly?
A man stopped by a news-stand every morning to pick up a paper. The man behind the counter was always nasty, yet the customer was always nice to him. When a friend asked him why he remained so kind in the face of such rudeness, he replied, ‘Why would I let his attitude dictate my attitude?’
Question two: How do you respond when you’re tempted?
You say, ‘I’m in love with him. He’s married and I know it’s wrong, but I can’t help it.’ Actually, you can. You can spend an hour listening to stories from women who lost their husbands to infidelity. Look into the eyes of their children. Hear the betrayal, and see the broken promises in their eyes. When you do, you’ll think new thoughts!
The Bible says, ‘…Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh’ (Galatians 5:16 NKJV).
At any moment you can turn your mind to God and your thoughts will change. Feelings are like spoiled children; they can take a little longer to come round, but if you keep your mind ‘fixed’ on God, your feelings will eventually line up with your thoughts.
Looking back, you’ll be glad you were guided by God instead of your impulses. It’s as if there’s a little network called HSN (Holy Spirit Network) where you can tune in at any time. When you ask God to guide your thoughts, then pause and listen to what He says—He will guide you.
‘So, every healthy tree bears good fruit, but the diseased tree bears bad fruit.’ Matthew 7:17 (ESV)
ENCOURAGEMENT 4 TODAY
2 Corinthians 5:6-10, 13-15, 17; 6:11-12; Hebrews. 10:24
We are always of good courage!
For we walk by faith, not by sight!
We make it our aim to please Him!
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one my receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil!
If we seem out of our minds, it is for you!
For the love of Christ controls us!
Because, we have concluded this: that One has died for all! He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died & was raised! Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation! The old has passed away! Behold, the new has come! Our heart is wide open to You! You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted in your own affections! Let us consider how to stir up one another to love & good works!