Philippians 4:11 KJV
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Applying this scripture to my life has made all the difference for me. We can’t always change our circumstances, but we can decide how to react to them. As I type this, it’s snowing. I can see the big snowflakes fall. I don’t love snow.
Honestly, I don’t like extreme weather at all. I would love for it to be around 70-75 degrees yearly. But since I don’t get to decide the temperature or the weather forecast, I don’t allow it to bother me. I’ve learned to take it all, prepare the best way possible, and enjoy it.
It takes away the enemy’s power when I decide to enjoy whatever I receive. And it makes me appreciate the weather I love even more. We will always be at the enemy’s mercy if we allow things outside ourselves to dictate our mood.
So, when I feel the enemy’s pull to experience misery, guilt, hate, and fear, I can reject those things with God’s word and prayer. I can ask God how He wants me to use my time if I feel bored. Or ask Him to help me endure the harsh conditions if I have to be out in it. God has grace for our every need.
Sometimes, we struggle to remind ourselves how much we need God. Or we take a nice slide off of a hill sideways to get a chance to practice faith inside of fear. If we look, we can see God in it all. And that makes it all beautiful.
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