‘…the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.’ Psalm 32:10 NIV
The most important choice you make each day is your choice of an attitude. So choose, first, an attitude of thanksgiving. ‘In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God…for you.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:18 NKJV) Paul was in prison when he wrote those words, so his attitude wasn’t based on his surroundings; it was a choice he made. Second, choose an attitude of trust. ‘…the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the man who trusts in Him.’ Where does such trust come from? Feeding daily on God’s Word! Nehemiah’s wall-builders were surrounded by enemies, yet they were able to ‘celebrate…because they understood the words which had been made known to them.’ (Nehemiah 8:12 NAS) God’s Word gives you confidence! Satan doesn’t fear your sin; he knows God can forgive it. He doesn’t fear your depression; he knows God can drive it away. He doesn’t fear your lack; he knows God can provide. He fears your discovery of God’s Word, because your ignorance of it is the most effective weapon he can use against you. Finally, choose an attitude of love. ‘These things I have spoken to you…that your joy may be full. This is My commandment, that you love one another…’ (John 15:11-12 NKJV) Love says, ‘I accept you as you are, care when you hurt, desire only what’s best for you, and erase all offences.’ It refuses to look for ways to run, and opts for working things through. It’s resilient. While the world around gives the opposite advice, love stands firm.
SoulFood: Ezek 5-9, Luke 18:18-30, Ps 119:169-176, Pr 19:9-10
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