The defining difference between a baby and an adult self control. Babies, therefore, are wrapped in diapers. Scriptures tell us to control our thoughts because out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. And actions spring forth from attitudes and beliefs. Satan would have us point our fingers with resentment and bewilderment at God when life does not go in our favor. Questioning God’s motives is Satan’s favorite tool to drive a wedge between us and God.
The cry for instant gratification is another defining character trait of children. Its a trait that caused God to say I love Jacob but I hate Esau. Jacob knew his true riches would be the inheritance and the blessing from his father…all the promises of God to his grandfather passed on to him. All Esau could think was that those promises would be worth spit to a dead man and unless he got fed NOW he might as well be dead.
Lord keep my heart sweet and tender toward You within all my circumstances. May I take heart knowing Your plan and purposes will not be thwarted no matter how bad things look. Your will is to bring me a future and a hope and my inheritance is eternal and delightful and
reserved in heaven for me. Sweet.
The whole point of lamentation is you don’t use your pain as an excuse not to worship; you actually take your pain and you bring it with you before the altar, and you stand there with your pain and you say, “Though all this is true, yet I will rejoice in You!” It is the highest form of worship that exists!
(from Seeing In The Spirit)
You can beat the enemy by being patient. You can depress him with your joy. You can weary him with your rest, and your kindness, and your gentleness. You can totally dispirit him with the goodness of God because he has no access to any of that, and he doesn’t know how to fight it. He can’t fight against God; he is hopeless. The Holy Spirit never lost a fight yet!
(from The Art Of Thinking Brilliantly)