Good morning! Welcome to our new Life by Design readers! Today’s post is inspired by devotional that I read in Joyce Meyer’s “Promises for Your Everyday Life.”
Every day we must combat our emotions (how we feel) with our spirit (our higher self.) According to Joyce Meyer, “Emotions are in the realm of the soul. Our soul is the intangible area between our spirit, the place where God lives, and our physical body. It is made up of our mind, will and emotions, it tells us what we think, what we want and how we feel. Of these three areas of the soul, it's our feelings that get stirred up the fastest.”
Most people listen, react and respond to their emotions because it is often the loudest voice in our head. However, because the emotions are based on our superficial flesh, it will lead us wrong every time.
In the process of getting to where you are going (only you know where that is) there will be distractions along the way. Your emotions, can be one of those distractions. Case in point, most recently, I found myself looking back on my life and feeling like I missed the boat. Meaning, I found myself feeling melancholy and wishing I could go back to change some decisions. For a brief moment, it had me all messed because we all know that we can’t go back. In fact, it is looking in the rear view mirror, and living with regret that can keep us from moving forward.
Thankfully, I was lead to some affirming teaching to get past those thoughts ("Amazing Faith," Dr. Preston T. Adams, III). Here is what I have surmised. When your thoughts and feelings come to discourage, distract or place doubt in you, based on what you “see” or how you feel, don’t just let them stay there…OVERRIDE them!
- Practice TRT - Thought Replacement Therapy. For every thought of that comes into your mind based on how you feel, replace it with what the word of God says about your situation.
- Override, Override, Override. Post life affirming scriptures and the promises of God every where you are as a constant reminder of where you are going.
- Go back to your faith files. Recall what God has already done and allow those experiences to strengthen and encourage you about what He will do in your future!
Remember what the cashier does when your pricing for an item is wrong? She calls over a manager (higher power i.e the Lord Jesus Christ) with a key (word of God) and asks for an OVERRIDE! That is exactly what I want you do! WOW!!! This is a great imagery for me, even if it isn’t for anyone else!
2 Corinthians 10:4-5, says “For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh (feeling & emotions), but mighty before God to the casting down of strongholds, casting down imaginations, and every high thing that is exalted against the knowledge of God, and bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.
Don’t just let negativity and defeated thought live rent free in your mind! Talk back and kick them out with an OVERRIDE!
Til Next Time,
Cynthia “Hailing a Higher Power” Newman
Living Life by God’s Design