75. Principle of Replacement
What does the principle of replacement mean in this context for you? It's regarding your mindset. You choose what you dwell on. God's mindset for you is to not to resist Him, and to focus on Him when you know in your heart it's time to make an important choice. God is your helper and will guide you when you choose to ask Him to. Simple concept. Huge effect. You choose what you dwell on. Let me explain.
Principle of replacement in Nellie's life was born when she decided to attend a Christian concert. Nellie was selling herself on the street to cover her drug habit, to eat and to support her two children the social services allowed her to keep. Nellie was diagnosed with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder, FASD. The two children that were previously taken from her were born with the same FASD diagnosis. The two others had a clear diagnosis as Nellie was supported through the last two pregnancies and child births.
Nellie became a believer the night she was invited to the concert. She was read and then focused on words from Galatians 5:14-15 "... you shall love your neighbor as yourself. But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another." Nellie was tired of the fights, of the STD in her and was ready to make a change. She increased her focus after reading 2 Timothy 1:7 "for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of sound mind." She learned there is a choice to trust. To simply trust.
Nellie went to a protective home where she learned life skills and went through drug treatment. Nellie had her last two children there. She felt valued and supported. Through the loving approach provided for her, she focused on recovery and became filled with gratitude. Timothy 4:4-5 "For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it's received in thanksgiving, because it is consecrated by the word of God and prayer." Nellie repeated the words of importance to her; for nothing is rejected, nothing. Not even me. I'm loved. Staff cares. My children love me. God loves me. I am whole.
Nellie learned to replace her self-protective responses based on previous trauma. When pressures of life came, Nellie showed prideful reactions and a desire for drugs. Nellie's mindset and choices changed as her desire grew to be healthy and whole. Nellie is currently meeting an addiction group, is receiving counselling, and her and her children are safe and living in good housing with accessible services. Nellie feels proud of herself.
Nellie replaced her choices to be aligned with the choices the Father makes. What needs replacement in your life? You will have the strength to do so when you choose to dwell and remain in the words of the Maker. Persistence is the key. You have the King in you. Please, please mark 'like' if you liked this blog and share. Blessings!