Hey everyone! I wanted to share a devotional I received on Thursday by G. Craige Lewis. I hope ya’ll find it to be a blessing! God bless!~Venus
“Victims of Decisions” by G. Craige Lewis
Ephesians 4:18 – ‘They’ve refused for so long to deal with God that they’ve lost touch not only with God but with reality itself.’
-The Message Bible
Have you ever been so obsessed with something that you wanted until you went off the deep end to try to get it? Have you ever gone so far from your walk with God until you found yourself in the middle of something that you could not handle? Nervous breakdowns, emotional distresses, panic attacks and crazy phobias are all situations that can cause people to lose it! These come from over the top stressful situations and circumstances. And many Christians suffer with these types of distresses. Being obsessed with material things to the point that they will cheat or steal to get it. Or being so obsessed with the wrong person that they would destroy themselves before they would let them go. Being so stressed that they will use drugs or turn to alcohol to ease the pain. Or being so sexually obsessed that they would risk dying for a sexual partner. But didn’t the bible say that God would put no more on us than we can bear? So, how does things get this bad for Christians and how do they get out of them?
What you must realize is that we are decision driven. Unless we truly seek God and his kingdom, we will become victims of our own decisions. We many times see what we like and decide we want it, not counting the consequences. We try to bring God in it and have him bless it because it’s what we really want. But we must consider the cost of our own decisions. It could affect us in a very serious way and change our lives dramatically. I know people that never fully recovered from nervous breakdowns. I know teen girls that were killed by boyfriends that they tried to break up with after giving too much to them. I know older saints that get drunk because they feel that they cannot deal with the cares of this life. These are not trials and tribulations my friends. These are consequences of bad decisions coming back on people. It has nothing to do with God and him testing you or allowing the devil to test you. These are the consequences of your own actions and when you go outside of God to choose your own way, you suffer consequences. Even if you are called of God, you can still make very bad decisions and though you may be helping others, you are hurting those that are around you. The remedy is, just quit! Quit making bad decisions and decisions based on your present emotional and mental state! If you are not where you need to be in God, then wait till you are there before you try to make big decisions. If you are not living right, wait until you are before you make giant steps. If you are not walking closely with the Lord, then wait until you do before you make life changing judgment calls. Take some time to get before God first, not after the decision making process! Just because it feels good at the moment or it fits your life perfectly at the time does not mean that it’s from God. If there is a question about it, then it’s more than likely God trying to tell you something. But if you are not walking with God properly, then you will not hear his warning and may fall victim to another bad choice. God must lead us not follow us. He will protect us from bad choices and decisions, but he must be first before we can hear him. Put him first and follow his lead, not your feelings. That way, you will be following God and in touch with what he is saying, and not what your emotions are calling for. After all, God will not put more on us than we can bear, but we can definitely put too much on ourselves and it will ultimately cause us to lose touch with our own reality.
Suggested Reading: Eph. 4:19, Gal. 5:16 , 1Pet. 1:13, Eph. 4:23
©2012 G. Craige Works All Rights Reserved http://www.exministries.com