“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana, The Life of Reason (1905) vol.1 chapter 12
“People, in trying to avoid God, create diversions. These diversions then are created so they do not have to confront God.” Blaise Pascal
Your past experiences really do provide the answers for today’s choices.
It’s against all human nature to stop reacting in fear of perceived danger. Your struggle to contrive your own life and the lives of others is a feeble attempt to gain control in an out-of-control world. This stranglehold on fate is making you gasp for breath. If you’re not in control, then Who is?
The energy that is invested in survival gradually replaces your receptivity to God, even if you do manage to hang on to your spiritual convictions. When you are satisfied with lesser things
in your daily life, these replacements are the false gods that become obsessions, even addictions.
A positive way to control your reality is to focus on love and encouragement. Stability and trust are necessary foundations on which hope is established. Affirmative statements are reminders to believe the truth about what YHWH sees in you. Go ahead and compliment yourself, and then see if the Censor doesn’t try to get involved. Satan loathes anything that sounds like genuine self-worth. [An excellent book to read on this subject is Stasi & John Elderedge’s book, Captivating.]
Choose an encouraging phrase. “God delights in me,” for instance.
Write it ten times in a row…while you’re at it, write down all the objections as well. What’s their source?
Whose face was Satan hiding behind when he accused you? Can you identify the tender spot that he was striking? How can you function without those calluses?
Now rewrite the condemnations into confirmations. Read them, accept them. Hold them up to your Creator. Let Him warm your heart.
Before you go to sleep each night, read your affirmations. How do they make you feel? Which of your affirmations troubles you the most? Could this be significant? Are you able to reject your disbelief? Ask YHWH to defend you. Perhaps a Psalm might speak for you.
“Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Cor 4:16-18
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey Him and the power to do what pleases Him.” Phil 2:13 (NLT)
What was really so awful about my past? It had its moments, but it’s worked fine for me. Who can promise that change will actually make a better life?
“To know what you prefer instead of humbly saying ‘amen’ to what the world tells you you ought to prefer, is to have kept your soul alive.” Robert Louis Stevenson
Stepping out in faith requires a sense of safety to counter the natural fight or flight defense response. Can you learn to trust an unseen God?
You can find the previous sections of this study here.