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Stepping Stones: Bad News/Good News

Stepping Stones: Bad News/Good News
January 25, 2011 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Thought

Do you sometimes find it difficult to manage your thoughts, attitudes, behaviors or emotions? Are you continuing in a destructive habit even though you know you are hurting yourself and those you love? Do you have patterns or defects you want to correct, but find it too difficult? On New Year’s or your birthday do you think of some areas of your life that you want to improve or remove over the next year?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you are not alone. In fact, if you answered no to all of them, you are lying or in denial, as none of us are perfect in any, let alone all areas of our life. Whether we know it or not, we have all have operated in a self-destruct mode at some time in our lives…for some of us it’s been this way most of our adult lives. Perhaps you have tried to do right…to change. For a while, things might get better and then you find yourself pretty close to where you started.

Well, what do you want first, the bad news or the good news? I like the bad news first, so…The bad news: you can’t make these kinds of changes by yourself. The good news: that’s OK because you don’t have to do it by yourself. God is standing by to help you. He is inviting you to turn your problem over to Him. He wants you to know this is not a person-sized problem…it is a God-sized problem. He loves you, wants to save and sanctify you. He has the power to overcome anything you can imagine struggling with. And he has the strategy to make it all happen.

Satan wants to trick us into thinking we don’t need God, that the world can do it for us. My selfish me-centered nature leans toward trusting only myself and doing it all under my own power. Both of these strategies leave out God and only lead to a slow and tortuous inner death.

Today, take the beginning steps to overcoming any destructive pattern in your life: admit you have the problem; admit you cannot correct the problem by yourself; tell God you are sorry for what you have been doing and that you truly want to change. Then trust Him to help you. Seek guidance about how to incorporate Christ, the Holy Spirit, and the Holy Bible into your everyday decision-making. WITHIN REACH has accomplished this miracle for me, and it can for you too. You didn’t get this way overnight, so things may not change overnight. But you will be developing the skills and disciplines to start moving in the right direction. God will be with you throughout the process. Your decision, choose well.

Prayer
Dear Heavenly Father and Ultimate Healer, Sometimes I feel so alone and helpless. Please bring Your Holy Word to my mind at those times. Help me remember that You are always with me, and that with You, all things are possible. Your instruction in the Holy Bible is so powerful…it can actually renew my mind and set me free. Help me to apply Your teachings and trust Your promises, instead of trusting my understanding and self-made instruction book. I pray this in the name of the One You sent who is the Good News, Jesus Christ; and all God’s children say – AMEN!

The Truth
I know the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for he is right beside me.
Psalm 16:8

With Him, all things are possible
Philippians 4:13

Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding
Proverbs 3:5

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