The closer we are to God in prayer, love and obedience the harder the devil works to lead us astray. There is no point in him tempting those who do not believe.
The devil knows us very well; he knows our weaknesses and our fears. He plays on those fears and will turn those thoughts into worries and severe anxieties about the future, about our loved ones, about health or financial issues, or anything else that would take our focus away from God.
We need to recognise these temptations immediately as they manifest themselves. The more our lives are centred on Christ the easier this reflex reaction will become; and at the very first instant we turn away every shred of anxiety over to Jesus by praying repeatedly, "over to you, Lord, help me."
We consciously, and as forcibly as we possibly can, we exclude from our mind every anxiety and evil-inspired thought and hand it over to God's influence. And with trust and hope see Him restore peace of mind and optimism into our lives.
...life can be a constant battle between good and evil.ReplyDelete
God bless, Tom.
Trust in himReplyDelete
Yes. God bless, Christine.Delete
God bless you always.Delete
Thank you, Victor. Glad to know I'm not the only one whose thoughts oftentimes run amok.ReplyDelete
The truth is that the closer we are to God, the more we are tempted astray.Delete
God bless, Mevely.
That is something I need to do more often. I too often rely on my own strength.ReplyDelete
We need to hand over our thoughts, however bad or frightening, to God and trust Him to give us His peace.Delete
God bless, Liz.
"Jesus, I trust you completely. Take care of everything!" Repeated ten times in a row, slowly, believing it, resets the tone of my day.ReplyDelete
It may sound silly, but singing the children's song "Jesus Loves Me" also helps banish those kinds of thoughts.
Good advice as always, Mimi.Delete
Good reminder. There will always be a battle between good and evil, we just need to stay the course.ReplyDelete
You said it: we need to stay the course.Delete
God bless, Bill.
There is warfare going on for our souls. Comforting to know we can turn to God for help!!!ReplyDelete
Amen Happyone. God bless.Delete