“We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.”
2 Corinthians 10:5 NLT
The phrase “I’m my own worst enemy” is troubling to me on SO many different levels. For one thing, it’s a commonly used (and successful) trick of the enemy. While I firmly believe we do know A LOT about ourselves (good, bad or indifferent), our heavenly Father knows EVERYTHING about us. The beauty of this is that because he is our Creator, he’s more than willing to provide help to us. Additionally, knowledge of this truth also enables us to be completely honest with Him about everything (John 4:24).
Four points were discussed on Tuesday’s walk and talk. They were: (1) Recognize, (2) Resist, (3) Replace and (4) Repeat. I recently had an encounter with the third point; REPLACE. I had developed a nickname over the years in various bars. My friends nicknamed me “double-fist” because I would frequently have a cocktail in each hand and both drinks belonged to yours truly.
Anyway, recently I was reminded of that nickname as I carried two cups of coffee in my hands. God replaced my appetite for cocktails with coffee. God is definitely very wise, so He knows we must BEGIN to replace our stinking thinking with more productive things. Now I’m certainly not endorsing coffee drinking because I do feel we can create gods if we’re not careful, but drinking coffee rather than cocktails is a good start. Any songwriter or novelist will endorse any sort of celebration; especially a small change.
Once we continue to repeat the more positive habits they will become effortless over time. Eating healthy, exercising, studying the bible, etc. What we continually focus on (or feed) grows. Remember, CONSISTENCY is the key, so let’s renew our mind (Romans 12:2) and ultimately please both God and ourselves.