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Whenever you are feeling discouraged, disappointed or disillusioned with life, what do you do?
When life fails to go your way, or when people mistreat you, how do you habitually behave?
In that hour when emotions are high, when feelings of anger, frustration or failure reign, what will be your default position?
How we choose to behave during such times, demonstrates the level of our spiritual growth and maturity. Make no mistake, as a child of God, both Satan and the Holy Spirit will be standing by, seeking to influence your behaviour.
The voice we choose to listen to, will determine whether we emerge as perpetual victims or perceptive victors.
In 1 Samuel 25:10-13, we read an account of how David was ill-treated and insulted by Nabal. David took offence and fully intended to wreak vengeance. If it were not for the quick thinking of this churlish man’s wife, David would have been guilty of killing not only Nabal but his entire unsuspecting household—including people who were innocent, who had done nothing wrong!
Anger and a desire for revenge, had clouded David’s judgment.
In comparison, Job demonstrated an admirable standard of emotional maturity. After losing all of his ten children, his considerable wealth and even his health, Job’s wife counselled him to: “Curse God and die!”
Job however, chose to adopt a mature philosophical outlook. He said:
“…Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?”
(Job 2:10 NKJV)
Unlike David, Job chose not to listen to the Enemy’s suggestion, or pander to any sense of outrage, or to feelings of self-pity. He ignored his wife’s blasphemous suggestion, chose not to sin with his lips, nor to charge God with wrong, but to worship the Lord (see Job 2:20-22).
Dear reader, of the two examples mentioned above, which are you more likely to do?
Women of Warfare follower, you can choose your spiritual development philosophy this day, this hour, this season. Will you pity-party or pray?
Carol (aka Lady Cee)
Author of: Petitions From My Heart