Be an Overcomer!
Last year I went to the doctors for a routine women’s check up.
Like a lamb to the slaughter I dutifully complied to the tests. Well, it was more like a protesting dog going for his daily dogwash. Every emotion screamed Noooooo I didn’t want to. Then, as the doctor examined me she could feel some lumps, and sent me for a mammogram and ultrasound. Oh, the joy that awaits!
I need not bore you with the rest, but suffice to say, the results came back saying that I had cancer. I was thankful that I chose to ignore my emotions of “not wanting to” and dutifully did the right thing by allowing the Doctor to poke and prod in places that aren’t G rated. This meant the cancer was found at a subclinical level, early enough to be ‘cured’. I overcame my feelings of “not wanting to” and “did it anyway”, because it was the right thing to do. One of the best decisions I could have made as it saved a whole lot of heartache later.
Which leads me to ponder about how we make decisions.
Do you make decisions according to how you feel? Or whether it’s the right thing to do?
Can I encourage you to ‘do the right thing’ despite your feelings? It could potentially save a whole lot of pain in the long run. But not only that, you can have peace with God that you acted according to your conscience.
Acts 23:1 Gazing intently at the high council, Paul began: “Brothers, I have always lived before God with a clear conscience!”
And if you find yourself at times (like me) not having done the right thing, then own up, apologise, say you were wrong. Hopefully the wronged person can be big enough to take your apology, and you can both move forward.
James 5: 16 Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The earnest prayer of a righteous person has great power and produces wonderful results.
Let’s look to the example of Jesus, who even chose to die, despite his emotions. Jesus said to his Dad just before he was brutally tortured and executed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
And even as Jesus was nailed to the cross, he still choose to forgive, “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” Now that’s a whole new level of overcoming! [/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]