As I am starting my blog, I decided to start with something that I wrote in the past back in January of 2013. This was over 6 years ago now. I am so proud of myself because I have come so far. The first sentence of my write-up states that I have to practice self control. Praise the Lord that I practiced that, because it became a habit. I found freedom in letting the past be the past, and I pray you too can find that same freedom.
One thing that I have to practice on a daily basis is self-control. When I start pondering the past, my reactions and emotions can get the best from me. It is a spiraling effect that leads to nothing more than darkness that feeds my bitterness. It is a spiritual battle that I fight, and I have to stay alert of the evil schemes the enemy has planned against me.
“Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.“
1 Peter 5:8 NIV
There were more times than not that I had allowed my emotions to lead me. As I searched through my husband’s emails and texts, only to find what I had already known, my anger took complete control. Over and over again these uncontrolled emotions kept us from the healing power that the Lord had for me and my marriage. Instead of letting today be a better day than yesterday, I decided to dig up the past. For What? I gained nothing and was only set back. I fell into the trap the enemy made for me, and I’m sure he was sitting back laughing at me.
If you are ready to walk in Forgiveness, today is the day to practice self-control and be aware of the attacks of the enemy.
I encourage you to:
- Seek God’s truth. He will give you the strength to conquer whatever emotions you are battling.
- Get 3 index cards and write a verse or two on each of them, and when you are about to “flip your lid,” pull those suckers out and meditate (not in a weird way) on them.
- Pray. Pray for eyes to see and ears to hear the truth over the lies of the enemy.