Do the opposite of what you are naturally inclined to do and see how your life and relationships begin to change for the better.
Our natural default is to the negative. If your first response to anger is to blurt out epitaphs or to curse someone out, say something nice instead or better yet say nothing at all.
If your natural inclination is walking around frowning all the time, make a conscious effort to have a pleasant look or make it a point to smile more. Soon it will become part of you.
If you are quick to anger and your first inclination when someone cuts you off in traffic is to flip them a bird and charge after them, hold on a little tighter to the wheel and instead of flooring the accelerator to catch them, pump the brakes and take a deep breath. You might save your own life by not becoming a victim of road rage.
When our heart is bent toward God, we are naturally inclined to act the opposite way from God. That's what gets us in trouble. That's why we do things and later regret we did them. That's why we can say something ugly and later wish we could take it back. That's how men and women in church on Sunday can take a bribe on Monday.
That's how Satan traps us. He knows how we are wired. He knows this simple trick that has worked for him even while he walked in heaven as the angel Lucifer. If it worked with angels as powerful as they are, no matter what power your office affords you, it is no match for the power of evil.
We have to consciously and consistently be aware of demonic influence and sometimes it is so subtle. So subtle in fact, we will adopt it and claim it as our own. Saying things like, "that's just who I am." Or, "this is how I've always been." But now you're in Christ and a new creation. If we resign ourselves to this, that's when he has us.
If Lucifer could persuade untold numbers of angels, who too existed in the very presence of God, to rebel against God, we are not only fair game, but easy pickings.... unless we act the opposite from what in the natural, we are so inclined to do.
Published on Wednesday, August 21, 2019 @ 8:13 AM CDT