73. The Battle Inside, Around and Against You
The challenge you have is you. It's due to the existence of the enemy, as there is a battle inside, around and against you. The battle around you is the world, and against you are your thoughts and your flesh. The devil is seeking to destroy you and all that you are. The biggest one of these battles we all share. it's pride. How can you move past it? How can you be free of its self-destruction?
You can make and take a mental U-turn by repenting. I was annoyed when I understood I had to repent. Repenting for the prideful way I thought. Thinking I can do it, decide and choose on my own. Mine is the best way (?) Really? Is yours? I sure thought I could.
The battle for sin begins with your mind. Behavior follows it. If you want to change the way you act, start by changing the way you think. One choice at a time. Make a plan to change your thinking, and focus your thoughts to be aligned with the Lord. Your behavior will follow. Nobody said it was easy. Read on.
How do you think about your own defects or mistakes? Philippians 2:5 states "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus...". Jesus humbled himself to be like us. Because He did so, He was exalted. Philippians 2:12, 13 "Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in your both to will and do for His good pleasure." This will change the way you think of God.
What I understood from this is to be respectful, fearful and repent. The Lord loves the humbled heart. Invite the Lord to fight your battle. He works through you when you invite Him in and have a humbled heart. Please share and mark "like" if you liked this post.