1 Corinthians 10-13
"No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.”
Are you reading this feeling a bit down? Wondering when something in your life is going to end? Are you in physical or emotional pain? Label it now before we begin.
Have you ever walked into a store to exchange a purchase? Maybe it was a piece of clothing you didn't like. A pair of shoes that turned out tight? I dress that looked gaudy once you aligned it with your accessories? A device that didn't pan out like it was supposed to?
You may have been angry at that point thinking "I can't wear or use this!" But, nonetheless, you brought it back to exchange for something that would work. Afterwards you probably left the store more lighthearted.
This same principal applies to what your thinking right now. Maybe that physical or emotional pain is making you feel like you can't. How can you change those I can't thoughts to I can? First of all it's important to label your issue. Your mind isn't stupid and realizes there's a problem here. But you can still change your train of thought:
My marriage has problems, but it can work.
My house is a mess, but I can clean it so it will bring me joy and relaxation when I come home from work.
I can get out of debt.
I will own a home or have a new car.
I have problems right now, but I can still enjoy my life.
I am experiencing pain in this moment, but it will not last forever.
If you build into your mind the thought that God's help can help you through anything, things will change. He will help you with what you need to do in life. He will give you more zeal and enthusiasm about facing your dilemma every day. You will find you have more physical energy when you think, "I can!"
Yes, those dilemmas you are facing right now are difficult. But let's keep in mind God never allows more to come on us than we can bear. With every temptation, he always provides a way out. I challenge and encourage you right now to consistently believe you are able to do anything that comes your way, with God's help.
This Week's Meditation:
Teach me that "I can mentality."
Help me to meditate: I can do anything with your help, Christ .
Teach me to pray to Christ that I can.
Remind me that I can not do it alone.
Meditate on this for several minutes a day. Allow various thoughts to come into your mind. And realize God has you in his arms always.