TRUST IN THE LORD WITH ALL YOUR HEART AND LEAN NOT ON YOUR OWN UNDERSTANDING; IN ALL YOUR WAYS ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND HE WILL MAKE YOUR PATHS STRAIGHT
I bless you to make “lean not on your own understanding” and “in all your ways acknowledge Him” a lifestyle—a way of living…a way of thinking. I DID…AND IT CHANGED MY LIFE!
Every action starts with a THOUGHT—an understanding. Every emotion starts with a THOUGHT—an understanding. Every purpose starts with a THOUGHT—an understanding. And a THOUGHT—an understanding—comes either from God, or from the father-of-lies. There is no middle ground.
I have discovered that if I follow the thought or understanding that comes from the father-of-lies, I end up in anger, hatred, jealousy, fear, and despair. However, if I follow the thought or understanding that comes from God, I end up in Hope, Truth, and Love. This is the moment-by-moment way of life in Christ Jesus.
FOR THIS REASON I AM SENDING TO YOU TIMOTHY, MY SON WHOM I LOVE, WHO IS FAITHFUL IN THE LORD. HE WILL REMIND YOU OF MY WAY OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS, WHICH AGREES WITH WHAT I TEACH EVERYWHERE IN EVERY CHURCH
(1 Corinthians 4:17).
Do you know the thought that precedes your daily depression? Do you know the thought that triggers your frequent anger? Do you know the thought that often makes you jealous? Do you know the thought that sometimes causes you to want to give up?
Acknowledge the Lord Jesus in everything you think, everywhere you go, every moment of your life. Present that thought to Him, just the way it is, and ask Him whether that thought is from Him—the Truth—or from the father-of-lies. Then listen to His Perspective. It will change your life, one thought at a time!
PRAYER: Most High, I live to honor You, every moment, in everything I do, in everything I think, and in every purpose I pursue. Thank you for Your Way of Life in Christ Jesus. Remind me, daily, of my obligation to trust You from the bottom of my heart, to follow Your Voice of Truth, and to stop trying to figure things out on my own. Lead me to make “lean not on your own understanding” and “in all your ways acknowledge Him” my daily lifestyle.
Maintain an Awareness
Often times, we use the same defense mechanisms we saw our parents or other authority figures use, during our childhood lives. If they hid behind a smile to pretend that everything was OK, we learned to do the same.