Live on Purpose – Winchester Sun

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Posted at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 10, 2022

By Billy Holland


Fear and stress are often blamed for ruining our contentment and happiness, but anxiety is not an uncontrollable monster that causes us to be afraid. In fact, these negative responses come from our own beliefs. In this view, pessimism is a personal decision that will continue to influence our thinking until a new thought processing system is installed.

The Bible says in the book of Romans 12:2, “Do not conform to the views of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your spirit. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the will of God, his good, pleasant and perfect will. Simply put, this verse is generally talking about interpreting our views through the lens of the Word of God and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit rather than through the lens of our emotions, past experiences, or opinions. others. Recognizing our habits and tendencies to be dark can explain why we react in certain ways and help us improve our pessimistic attitudes. Asking God to help us rewire our minds is the key to learning to trust Him ashanging on the way we think will change who we are as we demonstrate a life that honors it.

The recent decline of our economy has now reached the point where many are feeling stressed and worried. My wife and I have noticed our home and auto insurance go up along with a significant increase in our utility bills and property taxes. With rising mortgage interest rates, there is a slowdown in home sales and, consequently, a decline in real estate prices. We are concerned about shortages, as well as the rising cost of food and fuel, and it only makes sense that as the cost of running a business increases, it must raise prices to maintain a profit. . Some are indeed jumping on the price gouging wagon, but nevertheless, our world is currently not heading in the right direction.

We can look back in history and see that there are ups and downs in stock markets and inflation, but whether we are enjoying prosperity or facing difficulties, it is wise to remember that God is our source, and that it is safer to place our truth in Him than any earthly government. We must not ignore what is happening, but our way of life is not based on a political party. It is standing up for the truth and doing what is right in the eyes of God. It only makes matters worse to blame others or discuss the state of our nation. We must realize that it is Satan who manipulates humans and that his purpose is to steal, kill and destroy, which includes wreaking havoc on economies, creating divisions and causing people to suffer. However, tThe Lord promises in Joshua 1:9, “Didn’t I command you? Be strong and brave. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

People talk about going to their “happy place”, a seemingly magical place where we can take shelter from anything that threatens our safety. But what is it? It may mean different things to different people, but for those who have a relationship with God, it is a place deep within our consciousness where we can commune with God and embrace the security and joy of his presence. They say that hard times are not the time to stop trying and we can either give up or get back up. Often when people face serious challenges in life, they lose hope rather than persevere in faith. This reminds us in Psalm 91:1, “They who dwell in the secret place of the Most High, will dwell in the shadow of the Almighty.

In the first chapter 3 of Samuel, it says that David found strength in the Lord, which means he encouraged himself. He was facing one of the toughest challenges of his life and no one was there to cheer him on. There will be times when no one is there to counsel us or give us a pep talk, and it is during these seasons that we must embrace God’s promises for ourselves. Whether it is an emotional, psychological or spiritual problem, we can either control our thoughts or our assumptions will control us. When we receive wisdom from God, it allows us to see life from his positive perspective that is never associated with fear, depression, or despair.

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