What is keeping you from peace and joy?
If you want to list only a few words, here are some top contenders:
- Spirit of Offense
If you can recognize and remove these emotions, you can open the door to a life of peace and joy. You need to discover where in your life you allow these thieves to enter. The words in this list can control your thoughts, your actions and keep you in bondage of darkness and hopelessness.
People want a life of contentment and happiness, but you cannot find that which is light if you do not remove the blindfold. You can not change your emotions about things that “interfere” with peace and joy unless you take any thoughts captive that feed off the words in the list above. To take a thought captive is just a fancy way of saying – to gain control over what you think about yourself and life.
If you have not acquired a firm transformational relationship with God, you will continue to process things, and circumstances, around you from the view of the world. Even when handed the keys to peace and joy, you will not be able to see past the drama, the offense…until you recalibrate your mindset.
Without a Biblical perspective controlling your thoughts, your heart, and your eyes, you are unable to see how to escape. You can look right into the light even with the blindfold off, but you still wear the dark glasses of deception. Therefore, you cannot recognize, or give credence to the fact that things can change.
This list of top contenders can all become a well-rehearsed drama in the lives of many. Creating a friction, an uneasiness that often either breaks up friendships or prevents them from forming.
When offense takes root, the first place it’s coming after is your mind. If offense can attach itself to your thoughts, it owns your ability to process understanding. The moment offense attaches itself to your mind, the ability to have clarity and peace is diminished, as everything now becomes about feeding every thought that is only directed at the hurt through offense.
The moment that offense attaches itself to your heart, everything you do becomes toxic and dangerous. The same goes for jealousy fear and anxiety.Tweet
You cannot look at life based on past failures and let that determine your future.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. (Mark 6:33-34)
This is referring to worldly concerns like worry and anxiety, drama, hurt feelings, those things that are the opposite of joy. Such as depression, misery, sadness, unhappiness, discouragement… where you experience anger, hopelessness, feelings of ill will.
You can retrain your mind to focus on that which is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, excellent, and praiseworthy.
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