It’s simple. You want something to be different. Yet nothing changes, no matter how much effort you put into it. Each day is more discouraging than the day before.
Whatever you think about (whether negative or positive) will be magnified, not only in your mind, but in your heart and your actions as well.
No one wants bad stuff to happen.
So why is it so hard to focus on the positive in yourself and in others?
- Coercion is a passive process. You don’t have to do anything different. It’ll just happen automatically … because you allow it.
- Choice is an active process. You must get involved, be proactive. Choice requires energy, learning, and a willingness to try something better.
You are caught in a battle between Two Kingdoms.
The ruler of one kingdom wants you to be like him. And he constantly works on your mind and your emotions. His intent is to kill, steal, and destroy. He uses coercion: the practice of persuading someone to do something by using force or threats. He wants you to become a slave to sin and is determined to get you to
The King of Kings created you to be like Him. And He offers gentle encouragement and Endless Love. His intent is to help you enjoy an abundant life in Him. He gives you the choice. To become a slave to righteousness. His deepest desire is to help you to …
- be restored.
Choose this day Whom you will serve. How?
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable — if anything is excellent or praiseworthy — think about such things. Philippians 4:8