"It is for freedom that Christ has set you free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery." Galatians 5:1
Ponder: Sometimes our feelings and inner turmoil are part of a stormy circumstance we find ourselves in. This picture reflects real physical tangible chaos. Sometimes the storm is inside.
I am reflecting on our last evening's Free! session. The theme is Circumstances Choices and Consequences. The story concerns David and Bathsheba and the storm for both of them is initiated, seemingly, by David's bored moment of distraction. The storm builds via a multitude of unwise choices at best and calculated evil at worst. Read the whole story in 2 Samuel 11.
Action: You find yourself beginning to imagine acting out, acting on your desire/want/perceived need. At the moment it is just a thought, not yet gone to the dark places. It is the moment of capture, you have a choice. This is the time to cry out to God, seek help and remember the following two verses:
Romans 12:2 "Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect."
2 Corinthians 10:5 "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ."
Prayer: Lord, it is so easy to let my thoughts just spiral into darkness and ungodliness. I am not disciplined in my thought life and this is just not helpful in trying to walk with You. When the circumstances are nagging at me to make poor choices please help my hide myself in You and Your Word, give You those damaging, sinful thoughts. Let Your thoughts be my thoughts. Amen
Challenge: Begin to create new habits of walking with Jesus every day. Start the day with thanksgiving. Set aside an appointment with Him every day to read His Word, to pray for yourself and others. Make up Your mind and choose the path of talking to Jesus, Your Abba, Father throughout the day, especially concerning your thought life. Even if it only saying the words, "Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy" many times during the day. You could also make up your own small phrase/prayer to connect with Him: "Abba, Father I long for more of You, show me Your path for my life."