Negative Influences

The devil tries to make you fail. Then, he’ll encourage you to quit. He is the expert on negative thoughts, trying to get you to rely on yourself and not Christ. He will tell you prayer is a waste of time. He wants to defeat all your Christian efforts, blurring your understanding of right and wrong. Twisting the truth and then asking a question which usually starts with the small word “if”. If they cared, they would . . . If I were rich, I wouldn’t have these problems. If I were smart, I would know what to do.

What if I would trust God and obey him? I may not be richer, but the Lord promised to supply my needs. What if I look for the good in others, my outlook in life would be positive. What if I gave God thanks for what I do have? Thanksgiving would eliminate much of the greed in my life. The change in my attitude would result in gratitude. Would my outlook be contagious? 

Everybody can change if they want to. They may need to take small steps at first. But, it’s a start. Encouragement has a longer lifespan than negative thoughts. God is all around us if we will stop long enough to look.

A rainy day provides replenishment of our water supply. Water is necessary for all growth; it is also an ingredient for cleanliness. There is good in every rainstorm, even if your plans changed because of it.

A new outlook on life is life-changing and necessary for progress. Yet, as I look out my window, the rain clouds are gathering.

Author: Frank

The Christian life is an adventure. It’s also a journey. Frank’s pilgrimage has been a lifelong endeavor in helping others in their spiritual walk. His foundation of biblical communication (teaching, preaching and writing) has taken his passion to another step, blogging. It is intended that these blogs will enrich your life and it is hoped that you will pass them on to encourage others.

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