– by Sandy Johnston
Don’t receive condemnation when you have setbacks or bad days – just get back up, dust yourself off, and start again (one thing in a baby’s favour when learning to walk is that he may cry for a bit, but he always gets back up to try again). The devil will try his hardest to stop you in this area of renewing the mind. He knows his control over you is finished once you have learnt to choose right thoughts and reject wrong ones. He will attempt to stop you through discouragement and condemnation.
Draw strength from Scripture
When condemnation comes, use your ‘Word weapons’. Quote Romans 8:1, reminding satan and yourself, “Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the dictates of the flesh (depending on yourself), but after the dictates of the Spirit (depending on God). Remember, don’t receive condemnation. Your total victory will come, but it will take time because it will come ‘little by little’”. Don’t get discouraged. Psalm 42:5 reads, “Why are you cast down, O My Soul? And why should you moan over me and be disquieted within me? Hope in God and wait expectantly for Him, for I shall yet praise Him, my Help and My God.”
Instead of thinking thoughts like:
“I’m not going to make it; this is too hard. I always fail, it has always been the same, nothing ever changes. I’m sure other people don’t have this much trouble getting their minds renewed. I may as well give up. I am tired of trying. I pray, but it seems as if God doesn’t hear. He probably doesn’t answer my prayers because He is so disappointed in the way I act.”
Think like this:
“Well, things are going a little slow; but, thank God, I’m making some progress. I’m sure glad I’m on the right path that will lead me to freedom. I had a rough day yesterday. I chose wrong thinking all day long. Father, forgive me, and help me to ‘keep on keeping on’. I made a mistake, but at least that is one mistake I won’t have to make again. This is a new day. You love me, Lord. Your mercy is new every morning. I refuse to be discouraged. I refuse to be condemned. Father, the Bible says that You don’t condemn me. You sent Jesus to die for me. I’ll be fine – today will be a great day. You help me choose right thoughts today.” With these words you will already begin to feel the victory in this type of cheerful, positive, God-like thinking.
Here is another good thought to think:
“I believe God. I believe He is working in me no matter what I may feel or how the situation may look. The Lord has begun a good work in me, and He will bring it to full completion.” Remember, God is delivering you, little by little, so don’t be discouraged and don’t feel condemned if you make a mistake. Be patient with yourself.
Article source: JOY! Magazine (Feb/March 2019)