God created Paradise for us to dwell in forever; however, Adam and Eve listened to Satan's lies and reaped suffering, death and destruction for all of mankind throughout the ages.
Ever since that time, people try to control life's hardships in one way or another. The issue with this is that we cannot control reality. We can avoid certain trials only by walking by the direction of God's Holy Spirit.
We can also avoid some suffering by taking a searching inventory of our emotions throughout the day and taking all negative emotions to God in prayer for Him to help us to find a resolution for the problems, to sanctify our attitude and to maintain our inner peace.
We can also follow the wisdom of the Serenity Prayer and learn to flow with reality and submit to God when there is nothing He leads us to do in order to correct the situation.
We step out of the prison of our negative circumstances when we learn to praise God for them, in them and through them. We follow James' example and count them as opportunities to trust God with joy in our heart (James 1:2-18).
We check on our perspective on any incident in our past that is coloring our response to the current situation. We can change our focus about the situation and replace our negative thoughts and emotions with positive ones that are centered on God's Truth (Philippians 4:8).
Father God, help us to look at life from Your outlook, from a spiritual perspective rather than an earthly or carnal one. If we live in denial of a situation, or argue with others involved in the situation, or blame You for what life throws at us, we spin our wheels and lose the battle every time.
If, however, we listen to Your Holy Spirit and accept each incident with joy in our heart and faith in Your faithfulness, we avoid unnecessary pain and suffering in our body, soul and spirit. Help us not to inwardly or outwardly complain about one another's idiosyncrasies, habits and peculiarities; but to accept one another in love as Your unique creation.
Thought for the Day:
As we totally trust in and submit to God through all of our circumstances, He helps us to sustain His peace in our heart and to maintain equilibrium in our thoughts, emotions, words and actions.
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