You are No good to anyone if you can not first be good to yourself. Now is where the definition of Good comes into focus. What is good for some may be considered NOT GOOD. Especially in this day & age, we are warned that good is being deemed evil and evil is being misconstrued as somehow being OK or acceptable.
Isaiah 5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
Let’s put it in a different light. Perceive yourself, your emotions, your burdens and your liberation from the vantage of point of Christ. He bore our burdens and instructed us to worry and fret not. (Matthew 6;25) He advised us that our emotions can not always be trusted**. They are to be used as a barometer, if it feels bad, stay away from it, in physicality as well as spirituality. There is no need to embrace the hot stove, that’s what we have senses for. If for some reason you get too close to the hot stove of doubt, guilt, shame, etc., move away from it, in thought and proximity.
Focus and intensity play a great part in our daily lives. If we neglect to focus on where we are driving to, we could get sidetracked or miss our turn. If intensity is a problem, the minor things in life can serve to set you off like a cannon or volcano. Temperance is necessary, we need to be sensitive to our surroundings and that input, the reactions that the temporal is serving us BUT we are not to be controlled by it. His word says DO NOT BE MOVED! See scriptures below that illustrate why we are not to solely trust our emotions.
Your first priority in life is YOU and YOUR Relationship with the Almighty. In order to be in good standing there, it requires open communication, time together and a deep understanding of what is expected, allowed and acceptable.
Expect all of Gods good for your life! This should lead to happiness and obedience.
Allow for all of Gods good in your life! This should result in confidence and hope.
Accept all of Gods good for your life. This should result in peace and provision.
Never speak defeat over your life, your circumstances or events. They are only temporary appearances based on several misaligned factors. Trust the word of God and deny those things that do not line up. When I say deny I mean avoid, ignore, become creative in describing them if you must but strip them of their destructive power BY de-fueling them!
Here are two examples of the same event, one explanation is reality based and the other explanation is transformation based.
1. Every time I turn on the news, I see things that scare and disturb me. It causes such anxiety, the images and sounds can stick with me all day and it makes me not want to go anywhere or do anything. How can I be happy when so many people all around the world are suffering such extreme conditions?! What if something like that happens here?
2. I have learned that I can extract the information I truly need from a few select & trusted sources. I avoid exposing myself to unfiltered causal platforms, designed to provoke the viewer. I consult God before every execution of every plan, I go out in peace and I return under the same blanket of safety His love provides. Even if things change as I am out and about, God is with me and foreknows every turn. I live carefree and waste no time rehearsing bad things. I fully expect to meet every good blessing that I have focused on and have prepared for. I can not help someone who is scared by becoming fearful. I can not help someone who is hungry by becoming malnourished. I can not help someone who is being persecuted by abandoning my faith. I can not help someone who is being wrongfully treated by self- deprecating. My best contribution is to LOVE God and myself to the best of my ability and show others how to do the same.
|**Proverbs 14:12||There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.|
|**Proverbs 28:26||He who trusts in his own heart is a fool, But whoever walks wisely will be delivered.|
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