By Darrell and Justin Creswell- A Father and Son Collaboration. My son Justin and I wrote this article together. I pray that it is a blessing to you.
When we think of healing we usually target and address physical ailments, without recognizing that emotional pain is the original condition of most human suffering. We struggle against expectations, fears, and despair when our seemingly well-designed plans go astray from the predetermined outcome we have determined for our life. As a result, our self-worth, success and failure are relative to our own self-imposed standards.
By His grace God has prescribed for us an axiom of divine standards, but many times by choice we reject them. It is best not to make plans or intentions for our lives outside of Divine Counsel. Doing so creates an open-loop, an indefinite accountability factor. Without Christ we will have to personally account for all of our actions, misgivings and disappointments. As a result we will question and criticize our own failures.
The enemy does not want us to succeed and he knows that our self-imposed intentions make it easy for him to sabotage our success. Human goals, many times, are too emotionally charged. Self imposed goals often end up becoming “failures” that would otherwise have not existed if we had allowed Christ to direct our paths. God in His divine wisdom has chosen most the most logical and beneficial course for each of us. If the choices that God has ordained do not come to the end that we expect, we must accept them and understand God’s reasoning. In Christ there are no failures, just outcomes of action, circumstance, and inherent abilities by His grace.
We have the ability to mold and shape our future according to the designs that God has for us by replacing our objective emotional reasoning with His spiritual thinking. Nothing beneficial can come from negative thinking and emotions. Negative thoughts and emotions will come. We must indict the accuser as the cause of our negative thoughts, and purge them quickly. As Christians we are a manifestation of well executed, best-intended objectives emerging in grace; not superficial, egotistical goals.
God had plans for each one of our lives. We are recipients of plans of hope, founded in grace for a future filled with promise. In Christ we will have success. Success, like failure provides the platform for learning. We must learn from success by not overly celebrating it. When we experience success, by His grace we should reinforce our correct spiritual decision-making abilities as references for future use.
When we attach our own self-worth and vain emotions to our achievements, we have the tendency to grow in our own ego. This in turn will lead to an unwarranted confidence in our own abilities instead of trusting in God’s grace and favor.
When we elevate ourselves instead of being thankful to God and humbly accepting success, we deviate our mind from that of a spiritual state to that of a carnal one. Seeing ourselves as the reason for our success will lead to a life of anxiety and disappointment, for without His direction we will ultimately fail. In grace, we are to live our lives in a state of thankfulness; appreciating all things for what they are worth, letting our values and goals reside in Christ.
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