In one of my articles about temptation, I said that the world, Satan and my flesh all conspire to defeat me.
This is true, but I can also say that I am often my own worst enemy.
Repeatedly, I let what I THINK overrule what God says is true.
The Obstacle that Trips Me Up
Let me say right up front, this is something I’m still dealing with. I’m beginning to understand it better, but I’m still grappling with putting it into practice.
I tend to let how I feel, what I think and what I want dictate my life.
However, through some teaching from Joyce Meyer, I now see I need to rely more on God’s truth and less on what I think. She puts it like this:
Our feelings are unreliable and cannot be trusted to convey truth.
~ Joyce Meyer
It doesn’t matter what I think or feel, God’s truth never changes.
My emotions are unpredictable and sometimes downright volatile. They can be affected by how much sleep I did or didn’t get, what I ate, my stress level, what someone said to me and a whole plethora of other things.
I often don’t interpret the world around me correctly. I’m not always steady. I get tossed about by the storms of life. All this throws me off track.
I get tripped up in my quest to copy Jesus when I ridiculously rely more on myself and how I feel than on God.
Getting My Head Right About Jesus
Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 NLT
No matter how I feel or even how it seems to me, I must BELIEVE that God will give me everything I need.
I am beginning to understand that as I believe and trust in Him, His power is released in my life.
God is greater than I am. His ways are higher than my ways. My responsibility is simply to believe no matter what.
I can no longer let my doubts, what I do or don’t feel, OR even how I perceive things are going to disrupt my quest to copy Jesus.
I will let God’s Truth overrule what I think and not the other way around.