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Friday, August 10, 2018


The Enemy Within
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 ourselves. 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, 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 want 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.


Anonymous said...

Amen Bernie...great word of wisdom...I do the same..I put my music on also...the enemy comes to try steal our joy..thank you...

Anonymous said...

Good food for thought! Thank you!

Anonymous said...

so god's plan ( little g on purpose! ) for me was to be born with mental health issues and struggle with thoughts of killing myself since i was roughly 12 years old? let me guess, because he believes i'm " strong enough to take it" or some such bulil shit platitude.

grow the up people, oh, and pick UP a text book or two. if you're still taking the eye witness testimony of 3 uneducated, illiterate peasants over our own scientists .... at least don't consider yourself a logical / reasoning individual.. the evidence speaks for itself.