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“Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.”

– Colossians 4:5,6

Over the past few days, I have been discussing the state of the human heart as Jesus described it to the Pharisees. As a result of what’s happening in their emotional lives, the Pharisees are incapable of participating in the kingdom of God, due to their pride, ego, and fear, which is actually self-sabotage. This is not my first time saying this, and it is not my original idea, but we are not thinking beings who feel, we are feeling beings who think. 

What does that mean? Most often, we feel something first, then employ our thoughts to defend our position as an attorney would defend us. That’s not a wise way to live. A wise way to live your life is to say, “I have these feelings, but I’ll think rationally about them.” Is this what I really want? What kind of person would I like to be here? Do I have a clear picture of what I want to accomplish? Rather than allowing your emotions to lead your life, your emotions should have an impact, but you can begin to train them through the right kind of thinking.

Friend, it is so common that we self-sabotage ourselves by allowing our emotions to completely control our lives, which results in chaos. We can overcome this. What I know is that self-sabotage is primarily about self-protection. Usually, we learn it as children, whether from our families or our school environment, we learn to take protective measures. This could be in the form of powering up, lashing out, hiding, abusing substances, checking out, or lying. And this often carries over into adulthood. Never forget God has great thoughts and plans for you! Allow His thoughts to determine your future and your reality.

Prayer


Father, help me to train my emotions through the right kind of thinking.

Reflection


Do you allow God’s thoughts to determine your reality and future?

If you’re unable to attend your local church or need some additional weekly inspiration, be sure to tune into Hour of Power online at hourofpower.org/episode.  

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