Day 232: A New Dawn (August 20)

As a new day is dawning, I greet Abba with my heart.  Fear and worry woke me from my slumber.  When my mind was awake enough to realize, I knew I’d been tossing and turning even before my consciousness arose.  I lay in bed fraught with thoughts of “what if” and “maybe” and then I realized I could allow this wave of anxiety to control me or I could take control of my own heart by turning it to Jesus.  I deliberately made the decision to rise from bed even at this early hour, to come here, my secret place and turn the tide of my heart and mind.

We are never without decision.  The Bible makes it clear that no temptation will not be met with an escape.  I have chosen the path of escape.  Escaping into the arms that love me.  The One Who knows my whole life and everything in it and orchestrates my path.  I will be held.

This is a new dawn.  A new opportunity to decide to be at peace.  A new chance to make better emotional and spiritual decisions than yesterday.

Here is what I know to be true, God loves me.  There is nowhere I can go that He is not already.  He knows my heart.  He loves my family more than I do.  His plans are to prosper me, and He’s asked me to plan for Him to do so.  Any thoughts I have contrary to that, are not from Him.  I do not have to entertain the negative thoughts.

Friend, you are not subject to the enemy.  You have choices.  Every day, you have choices.  In every situation you have a choice.  You do not have to be victim to the attacks of the enemy.  You are more than a conqueror.  That means, you are a conqueror and then some.  You are beyond a conqueror.  That should mean something to your heart.  It’s not as if life is easier for some, or choices come easier.  No, that’s a victim mentality that would lead you to believe that.  Every person has challenges of some sort.  Sure, the challenges are different but that doesn’t mean they are not equally difficult to bear.

I used to feel that life was harder for me, and then I realized I was helping to make it harder because of my frame of mind.  When I realized that I did not have to succumb to negative thoughts, and that not all the thoughts I have in my mind actually come from me, I began to take control of them far better.  I was able to shake off the guilt I felt when random negative thoughts would come into my mind and instead take them directly to Abba and ask Him if they were mine or not.  Most assuredly, the negative ones weren’t actually me, but I still had a choice whether to entertain them or not.  So, I began to make positive decisions, one thought at a time. And I began to wage war on the one who seeks to infiltrate my thought life.  He is not welcome there.

Today, I submit my mind to the Father.  His thoughts will be my thoughts and I will walk in victory.

“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the Lord.  “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”  Isaiah 55:8-9 (Since His thoughts and ways are far greater than mine, I will surrender all my thoughts and ways to Him)

More than anything you guard, protect your mind, for life flows from it.  Proverbs 4:23