2 Thessalonians 3: 3. But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.
As a person matures through the aging process, it is a natural tendency to reflect over their life. The mistakes, disappointments, and bitter experiences usually surface as the most prevalent memories. “If I had only known then what I know now, I would have done things very differently.”
The feelings of Regret vs Satisfaction can hinder or promote our present and our future plans. Regardless of your history, if you are reading this article, you have been blessed with a brand new day. Our mindset determines whether we will use the gift to change, and allow God to redefine our pattern of negative decisionmaking. We do not have to suffer consequences from misguided decisions on our part.
Often we mistake trials as negative consequences. Trials usually surface as a circumstance in which we did not have an active part. In fact, we usually feel powerless, and question ourselves or God as to why we are suffering. However, there is a marked difference between trials and consequences. Trials mold our character to reflect Christ’s character. It is our greatest accomplishment to become more like Jesus. God has promised to protect us from the evil one. In order to reap this benefit, we must open the door of our hearts/minds to receive guidance. Prayer, obedience, and faithful study of God’s word are the keys to preventing consequences. It is a relief to know that if we include God in every aspect of our lives; He promises us a positive outcome, according to His will.
Dear God, please give me the desire to include you in all of my decision-making processes. I am tired of experiencing negative consequences. I need your help. Thank you. Amen Sonya Johnson Ruiz