Take no thought…..
Worry and torment, two major distractions, and two major things that keep us from walking in our purpose. I was talking with a girlfriend a few months back, and we were discussing this subject. Sometimes in life we go through situations and circumstances that cause us to be worried about our well-being, or we deal with relationships that cause us pain or mental and physical suffering (Which is torment). Sometimes it’s things that we have brought on ourselves, and sometimes ppl treat you wrong for no reason, and you are left trying to put your emotions back together. As a woman, I can honestly say I have felt this way in the past, and if you aren’t careful, the temporary situations you deal with can start to affect your life long decisions.
When we worry about anything, we are ultimately telling God that he can’t handle the situation that we are dealing with. We all go through troubles, but we have to remember that everything works out for “The good of those that love the lord”(Romans 8:28). God has a specific plan and purpose for our lives, and if we obey him, he will always work each and every situation out for us. He cares for us. In my life I have dealt with many trials and tribulations, and they may have not always worked out the way that I wanted them too, but they worked out in my favor! We have to truly lean, trust, rely, and believe that God loves us so much, to the point that he would never forsake us, leave us, or take away from us, unless it was for our good. We have to keep to the forefront of our minds that this is the same God that saved Daniel from the Lions Den, and Kept Goliath from beating David to death. What did these two have in common? They had unwaivering faith in the power of God to change their situations. It’s not to say they didn’t have the feeling of fear, but they didn’t let their emotions talk them out of what they knew the truth was, that God will take care of them no matter what the situation.
You may have been in a relationship where you were cheated on, or dealt with feelings of abandonment because your parents were not there. What the enemy does, is use these situations to create an emotional jail for you. Torment is one of the worst type of emotions to deal with (I believe) because it’s constantly at the forefront of your mind. A woman or man who has been cheated on may start to ask herself “What am I not doing that this woman is doing?” or “Am I pretty enough?” “Am I smart enough?” “What does she have over me?” Insecurity starts to set in, and a woman who may have once loved herself may try to change to be what she “Thinks” a man wants her to be instead of being the uniquely made creature God has called her to be. Low self-esteem starts to set in, then bitterness, and then depression. The Devil is a liar! No matter what you have been through, or what you have done, God loves you, and has forgiven you, and you have to forgive those that have wronged you, period. Believe that God is a restorer, and trust that he will heal your broken heart, that is his job. He will deal with those who have wronged you (Vengeance is mine sayeth the Lord). He won’t overlook a thing, believe and trust me on that. God wants you whole and healed, and not holding on to what others have done.
The enemy knows that if you focus on Worrying about your troubles and your tormented by your past that it will distract you from doing what you are ultimately called to do. Don’t allow anything to crush your spirit, take your joy, or create bitterness on the inside of you. God has a perfect plan for your life, and it’s so much bigger than the issues that you are dealing with. Your issues are mere distractions, and God can pull you out of anything. Our thought life can play a major role in our emotions, that is why the bible says;
“Whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think on and weigh and take account of these things [fix your minds on them](Phil 4:8).
We also need to cast down all negative thoughts, and not dwell on them “ casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ( 2 Corinthians 10:3-5).
When it says to bring all thoughts into captivity, that ultimately means to control your thoughts, and cast down the negative ones. We all have this power, we just don’t activate it.
God is on your side. He loves you, cares for you, and wants to see you doing well! Don’t let the troubles of life distract you from obtaining everything that God has for you.