In part one of this series, we looked at how Satan planted a seed of rebellion in Adam and Eve – one that when it took root, distorted their thinking and devastated their love-connection with God. We saw how that ‘stinkin’ thinkin’ then became a curse that brings havoc to everyone who indulges in the same.
The trouble is, we get locked into that mindset (with a lot of help from a malevolent voice we create in our head) and our lives become permeated with misery in the form of fear, guilt, shame, loveless-ness and loneliness.
We can go to God, ask for help and He will expunge that old life and those old ways – turning you around and setting you on the right path (that He already planted in you at birth). Once that happens and you keep and nurture your relationship with Him, every single aspect of your life comes together for your good so that you can live the life of your dreams.
There is however, one thing we need to do. We must learn how to overcome the tendency of our flesh to unconsciously sink back into the mire of the ways of world, which leads us into that dark journey once again. It’s an awareness that we need to develop to trigger the recognition of our engagement in darkness and prompt our return to God for His deliverance.
We must be able to rise above this unconsciousness in order to exercise our ‘free will’ to make that request. God holds your free will inviolate, so you must employ it before He can move on your behalf.
Last time we talked about the first tool you need to employ to claim and maintain your good life with God and to get that life back when the world has wrapped its clutches around you. That tool is willingness.
You must be willing to take your life back by being willing to call upon God and be willing to change your ways of living (repent) in order to create the space for God to make it happen.
That leads us right into the second tool we require:
(Now I know you can’t really refer to God as a ‘tool’ because He is the center of everything we require; but humor me just for the sake of presentational syntax.)
Maybe you’re thinking, ‘I can change my life by myself!’ But clearly you cannot, or you would have by now. You’re way has not worked, nor has any other unconscious person’s way worked for them.
Oh sure, you can exist without God (without love), but how has that been working for you?
We all need help to rise above the fearful chaos that was thrust upon us and that we’ve subsequently created for ourselves. Given that most people in this world are mired in the same chaos, we must reach out to the only guaranteed help available. That help comes from the hand of God.
God is love. So He is where we must go before doing anything else, to put love back into our lives. When you ask Him to let you come back home, He blankets you with His forgiveness-driven permanent amnesia with regards to your past thoughts and deeds. (Is. 14:25; 2 Chr. 2:14). Thus, your heavenly slate with Him is wiped clean. In fact, if God Himself forgives you, who are you not to forgive yourself? (Why not? Most of your slate was already clean. You suffered from an illusion that it was not.)
When you let God guide you, that devil-inspired-and-encouraged voice in your head will be crushed into an impotent squeak. (Is. 49:25) God will heal your wounds and remove your roadblocks (2 Kin. 20:5; Ps. 147.3) and place you back on your love-driven path. (2 Sam. 22:9; Pr. 3:5, 6; Jer. 29:11.)
God helps you make all the right decisions in life by filling you with His wisdom (when you’re willing to receive it). Let’s look at some of that:
What about the way we think? That’s our primary problem!
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he. Pr. 23:7 NKJV
Yes, you literally become what you think. When we think about God and what He thinks, we will understand all that is true and good for ourselves and for everyone around us:
…those who seek the LORD understand all things. Pr. 28:5 NASB
…there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives him understanding. Job 32:8 NKJV
For the LORD gives wisdom; from his mouth come knowledge and understanding; he stores up sound wisdom for the upright; he is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice, and preserves the way of his saints. Then you will understand righteousness and justice and equity, every good path; for wisdom will come into your heart, and knowledge will be pleasant to your soul; discretion will watch over you, understanding will guard you, delivering you from the way of evil. Pr. 2:1 – 12. ESV
Living by the wisdom of God is not an option for those who want to have a good life:
My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Hos. 4:6 NKJV
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; but acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. Pr. 3:5, 6. NKJV
And if we are habitually on the lookout for when we are not, our results will remind us to re-chart our course with God:
The ear that hears the rebukes of life will abide among the wise. Pr. 15:31 NKJV
‘Right thinking’ also includes letting go of the past so that we can live in present time (the only place life and love live):
Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder the things of the past. Is. 43:18 NASB
When we have God (perfect love), we can cast our fears away, knowing that He always has our back:
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear… 1 Jn. 4:18 NKJV
“Do not be afraid…I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.” Gn. 15:1 NKJV
When you are no longer afraid, then you can shed yourself of all the other variations of fear (anger, jealousy and envy) and walk in forgiveness (for yourself and others – because they suffer just like you did) and peace, which also brings joy:
Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you, with all malice. And be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you. Eph. 4:31, 32. NKJV
…counselors of peace have joy. Pr. 12:20 NKJV
When you connect with God, you will speak like God – with loving speech:
A man has joy in making an apt answer, and a word spoken at the right moment – how good it is! Pr. 15:23 AMP
…only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it. Eph. 4:29 AMP
Finally, check this out! If you’re willing to connect with God and make any necessary changes in your behavior to walk in His way, you’ll be blessed with ‘right thinking,’ based upon God’s word – leading to ‘right acting.’ The past will stay in the past, fear will be forgotten and peace, love and joy will abide in you.
Guess what? You are now ready for relationship – modeling the one you have with God and with yourself with others. Hallelujah!
And I will walk at liberty, for I shall seek Your precepts. Ps. 119:45 NKJV
Next tool, next time…
Goodnight and God bless.