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Friday, December 26, 2014

Think About It

The Enemy Within
by
Pastor B.J. Knefley

There is a saying that goes like this, “I have seen the enemy and it is me”. The sad reality is that regardless of what is happening in our life the greatest enemy to our happiness and joy is me. We may not like to admit that, but it is true. It has been said that life happens while we are making other plans. What does that mean? It means that while we are expecting one thing to happen something else does. When life comes at you in this manner, it takes the wind out of our sails. Instead of being in control, we are out of control because the events in our lives are disrupting our equilibrium or sense of well being. So what or how do we deal with life then?

First, we need to understand, realize, comprehend, and every other adjective that you can think of to express the point that nothing that you are experiencing is new to man. You are not unique, you are not being punished, you do not have a dark cloud over your head, it is life, and regardless of any other reasons, God is allowing it. The second thing is that we need to talk about it. David, on numerous occasions in the Psalms, wrote about what he was experiencing. Some might call it complaining, but what he was doing was laying it out there. He was simply stating that he did not have the answers and that he was being overwhelmed by the problems that he was facing. Third, we need to get our mind off the problem. That does not mean that we attempt to forget about it, that will not work anyway, and attempting to forget about it only drives it deeper. No, we need to focus on something else, redirect our thinking, go for a walk, read a book, music, anything that works for you. For me, music is the best way to redirect my thoughts when I am being overwhelmed by a problem. Ultimately, it is a heart issue. Proverbs 4:23 gives this warning, “Guard your heart above all else for it determines the course of your life”.

Lastly, do not let others tell you what you should not, or should be thinking. Instead, you need to learn to tell God, that is what David did. Remember, God is allowing whatever is happening. He sees the beginning and the end, and has you in the plan. Think about it.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

I have found to cool off first, get the facts ,then write them down. Reread them several times before you use them in any way. Things may not be as they are first seen in your eyes. Put the Bible first when it comes to the best advise. As it states the truth shall set you free. Enough Said, Fred's Dead

Anonymous said...

enjoyed It Bernie and applied it to myself!!! Thanks for the nugget of wisdom!

Anonymous said...

When you feel overwhelmed, depressed and find your thoughts are negative and revolving around yourself

I find the best thing you can do is just go out and find something to do for others.

Get your mind off yourself entirely and help others that have problems. It will help you gain perspective on your own problems and helping others can lift your spirits.