(I wrote this back in the spring of 2015 but I wanted to give a follow-up report! This is one area where the Lord has truly answered my prayers! Over the last couple of years He has worked in me to sidestep putting in my two-cents-worth on negativity – my goal is to encourage not discourage. Praise the Lord for His ongoing work in my life!)
I am determined to persevere! Each and every day sin is out there to tangle us up to try to wrap around enough to make me stumble or fall. Lord, I am here with You to build up my strength and stamina to be able to better focus on You(!) So I can resist temptation and be victorious! I know that the Adversary wants me to fail, but You are mightier than he and remaining in You, trusting in You, will surely result in his defeat in my life.
Ephesians 5:15-20 (<<click to read the passage)
Lord, fill me with Your Holy Spirit! It’s so easy to be negative about multiple areas in my life – it is the norm in the world in which I live. Complaining about work, about other drivers on the highway. Looking down on other people because of the way they dress or do their hair or how they act. It’s bad enough to think such things but way too often I verbalize my thoughts! What good does that do anyone? It just perpetuates the negativity! And becomes a vicious cycle.
I’m a “music” kind of guy, that’s the way You have made me. 🙂 Lord, please bring that out in place of the negativity. When I want to complain, help me to thank You for the never-ending list of blessings in my life! Help me to praise You for who You are in my life. Help my tongue to bring glory to You and not to magnify the negative!
May 5th, 2015, Tues, 6:32 am