September 18, 2021 - The Word of God

Perhaps if we are not currently enjoying the success we desire in overcoming our weaknesses and faults, we need to spend more time internalizing the scriptures, so that we can change the nature of our thoughts to fit into the revealed patterns of spiritual power.

Steven A. Cramer, “Armed With Righteousness”

Sometimes I get frustrated because I am not where I want to be spiritually (or physically for that matter). First of all, Satan is working hard so that I am NOT where I want to be. I'm not so arrogant to think that I have many of Satan's minions dedicated to just me, keeping me pinned down, but I am self aware enough to know that I'm not as strong as I should be, and so I give in to temptation easier. My armor is not complete.

And temptation to me includes doing things that are not just non-Christlike, but things like not eating properly or exercising, anything that keeps me from progressing. I have a difficult time with the minor things. Actually, if I really think about it, even those things Christ progressed in, so, by definition, they are also not Christlike... but you get my point.

My biggest struggle right now is motivation. Motivation to do anything, not just spiritual actions. My condition, my medication, and the adversary all play a role in my lack of effort in all things. And right now, I am not winning that battle, so my psyche is taking a hit, causing me to get even more discouraged and unmotivated. My mental balance is uneven.

So I take extreme comfort in the above quote. If I am not where I want to be spiritually, physically, mentally, etc., then I must further Immerse myself in the word of God. It's amazing how something so simple can affect EVERYTHING in my life. I know that by completely immersing myself in the word of God, that will increase my motivation and allow me to start winning this battle. And, Satan knows that too so I cannot do this alone. All I can do is "experiment upon my words", meaning God's words.

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