We are in a constant battle with our mind and flesh … with eating, with exercising, with forgiveness, with bitterness, or with anything that will glorify God. Our flesh says “NO”, but our mind, if focused on Him, says to go God’s way. I am no different, and it is a constant battle to win the wars fought in my mind. It truly is the battle ground. It all starts and ends there. Who wins … your flesh or God … is a result of how well you have trained your mind and allowed God to renew it with His Word. This takes constant seeking Him, studying His Word, and allowing Him in more and more. I fail in this area just as you do, but as I so like to say, “my down time gets shorter and shorter!”
This morning, after my workout, I was again sitting on my weight equipment having my morning chat with God when I felt a stirring in my mind to thank God for what occurred yesterday. Now remember, at this point, it was only a thought and I had not yet verbalized it. Immediately … I mean as soon as the end of the thought came, the devil said, “No use thanking God because He knows the motives of your heart and you are only thanking Him because you will need His favor in resolving this issue.”
I have to tell you that right at that moment I felt anger set in, and I said God, “I want to thank You for yesterday because I truly believe You allowed this trial to save me from something else. You allowed this to teach me a lesson. You know this is what I want to say, and You know the devil is telling me my motives are not pure. God, Your Word says that our hearts will deceive us. God, You know the motive of my heart and I believe it is pure, but if it is not … if I am truly saying this only to try to get Your favor … then so be it, but I will not cease to verbalize this and give the enemy victory. I believe my motives are pure, but only You know. Either way I am victorious for overcoming.”
I went on to share with Him that I could see all the reasons He allowed this to happen, and though it is very true that I too will need His favor to resolve this, I sincerely thank Him for the lesson or test.
You see God has a plan. What occurred is a step I need to walk to get where He is trying to steer me. We all have to go through a trial … a test … before we can learn a lesson. No lesson comes without a test. No testimony is ever established without a trial. There can be no victories without a struggle.
I sincerely … and when I say ‘sincerely’ I mean from the aspect of thinking I know my heart … thank God for His intercession and the lesson learned. If He does not give me favor, then so be it. I am happy knowing that I am mature enough in my walk with God … I am seeking Him with a pure heart (or as pure as I can see it) … and He has my back. I trust Him. After all, He already knew this would happen. He already knew the moment it would occur, and exactly how it would play out. Remember, He had already visited my day before I entered it. This trial passed through His hands … He approved it. This does not make me happy, but it gives me a different perspective on the trials I face in life. It gives me hope and faith. It encourages me. I hope it will you too!
No matter what you face today, thank Him now for your day before it plays out. Tell Him that though we desire to have a blessed day … one without trials or tests … we accept whatever His plan is. Share with Him that when the trial comes you may be confused, you may lose sight of the fact that He has already been here, and you may even be angry or question why, but ultimately, it is because you know He has already been here that enables you to overcome and walk in faith, eventually!
God bless and have a wonderful day!