How timely this message is in my life. There are some tough things in my life, in the places I have chosen to obey the Lord. So I really needed to be reminded that He is my focus, even in the midst of hard times.
16 Let us then fearlessly and confidently and boldly draw near to the throne of grace (the throne of God’s unmerited favor to us sinners), that we may receive mercy [for our failures] and find grace to help in good time for every need [appropriate help and well-timed help, coming just when we need it].
During these hard times, I need to be mindful of what is coming out of mouth. For what is coming out of my mouth is what is being reproduced in my heart. What is being reproduced in my heart dictates my emotions. There is no question that some things in my life are hard right now. However, that is not the location of rest for my thoughts or my emotions. My heart needs to be focused on receiving His mercy for this moment. On finding His grace for this season. I will focus on Him, reigning in my life from a position of love and grace. My God is trying to teach me to war through till I receive the victory. He wants me to engage in spiritual warfare that is directed by His wisdom and totally empowered by His grace. This how He makes me to be “more than a conqueror” (Romans 8:37).
Being more than a conquer requires I have more than ordinary thinking. Ordinary thinking always states what is as in absolute. Ordinary thinking borrows trouble and delights in the “what ifs.” Joyce writes; ” Our Lord did not wander around the wilderness forty days and nights talking about how hard it was.” Neither did Jesus worry about “What if He got too weak to get food, or what if He couldn’t find any?”
Ordinary thinking always wants the easy way. This mindset robs me of gaining the muscle and experience I need to grow in this area. So many times, my development has been arrested by choosing the easy path. It is easier to blow up at my husband then to walk in self control. It is easier to justify my actions and take my right then walk out what I know is true. How did Jesus learn obedience? Hebrews 5:8 Jesus was the Son of God, but he still suffered, and through his sufferings he learned to obey whatever God says.”
Suffering is hard…..wait! No more acknowledging my own understanding. That is ordinary thinking. Time for God oriented thinking : I will acknowledge that there is no suffering, be it learning to shut my mouth, to practice self control or to flee temptation, that is too hard for God to help me with. Suffering is too hard for me to do on my own, but God has given me all that I need to go through the trial. I know His plan for me, is to give me a hope for the future. I will not waste my trial on whining and complaining or seeking another route. I will learn the tools I need to walk into my promise land and to defeat the giants that are there. I will hold my thoughts renewed to His word and use my mouth for His word, His praise and His purposes.
Father, I just repent for whining. For speaking and thinking that my life is too hard. Also for the unbelief I have of your ability and your power through me and for me. Please help me to obey, even when it feels too hard and I feel discouraged. Please help me to access your Holy Spirit for all my moments. As I am learning about these wrong ways of thinking, I just pray you show me which ones I am operating in and help me change. I can do all things, face all situations when I depend on you. Please Lord help me depend only on you. Thank you for making me ready for the battle. For allowing me to renew my ordinary mind for your extraordinary new mindset. In Jesus Name, Amen
“Please make everything easy…” is not a Godly mindset. Jesus didn’t allow himself to think it, and I too must not allow myself to think it. No more whining about how hard this is….instead I will fill my thoughts and my words with His praise for how Great He is for me in this place, in this moment. Then will I be armed with the right weapons, strategy and location.