Last evening, Darlene read me some of her journal that she started about a year before we moved to Spokane. She hated living in Illinois and had been praying for years that God would move us back to the Northwest. As she was reading her thoughts about all the things that were taking place, I realized how anxious she and I were getting while waiting on God's plan. In Philippians 4:6-8 it says, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable--if anything is excellent or praiseworthy--think about such things." I love this verse, but in real life it is hard to put into action on a consistent basis, at least for me it is. I tend to live an anxious life.
Within every individual a war rages, no one is exempt, rich, poor, young or old, man or woman. The enemy is seeking to take control of our minds and our thinking. The enemy wants us to live in anxiety, not trusting in the power of God. It is in our thoughts that little petty things begin to creep in and get between us and God hindering our walk. It is in our thoughts we begin to think of ourselves as meaningless and that we just don’t measure up.
If we are going to experience a new life, it must start with our thinking. Many of us have dealt this past year with great disappointment, some tremendous heartbreak, others have suffered loss of family members and friends. In times like these the enemy wants to twist our thinking, make us have a pity party for ourselves, and make us feel that God doesn’t care about us.
My prayer today is that you realize something, this morning we have a choice. We don't have to allow the enemy to magnify these negative thoughts, we can make the choice that 2020 will be the year we take our thoughts and lives back.
Here is MY goals in 2020!
I refuse to believe I don’t have any control over my thoughts and actions this coming year.
I refuse to engage in bad thoughts toward others this year.
I refuse to allow my tongue to speak unflattering things toward others this year.
I refuse to blame other for my own FAULTS and issues.
I refuse to allow the enemy any existence in my thinking and life.