Faith: Hoping & Longing
Worry is spiritual photoshop…it’s not real!
proverbs 4:25-27 tpt
“Set your gaze on the path before you.
With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead,
ignore life’s distractions. Watch where you’re going!
Stick to the path of truth, and the road will be safe and smooth before you. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked for even a moment or take the detour that leads to darkness.”
There is one person on earth who has the utmost control over you and that is you. Think of villains in kids’ movies and how the bad guys such as the Grinch (and others) are usually stopped by their own personal conviction, not someone else physically halting their actions.
With us, the reverse happens where satan provides information that is discouraging in our lives. The magnification of a negative circumstance can put us at risk for aborting our faith and settling for less than God has already gifted us. Essentially, we become wound up by satan as he draws our attention to the negative and subsequently, compromises of our visions for our lives and the faith to get those visions into reality occur .
Worry and stress are negativity being superimposed onto the positive reality of our lives using spiritual photoshop. Yet, it feels so real because satan studies us and knows what our triggers are. Capitalizing on that information, satan uses it to manufacture situations that he anticipates will reduce hoping and longing. The devil leaves no watermark and ismoderately-skilled, yet The Bible always contains the original, unaltered photo of who we are and where we are going in life.
When we spend daily time with God, our ability to distinguish God’s Image from satan’s altered image will quicken and our overall outlook on life will not be distorted!
Until Weekend Wellness,