(Commit oneself to), (Be committed to)
Def :- Be dedicated to something., resolve to remain in an emotional relationship with someone.
To be committed to something – in this world of confusion, uncertainty and disbelief as Christian we’re to fully ourselves to God, His ways and His word. We cannot continue to live a double standard lifestyle. It’s distasteful to God
It’s either you commit to God or you commit to sin. As the popular saying goes “if you stand for nothing, you’ll fall for everything” you can’t stand for what you’re not committed to
Joshua 15:24 says, …then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve,… But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord.” Now that’s an example of total commitment. You can’t say you’re committed to God when today you’re in this sin, and then you realized and confessed, cool! But the next, you’re back to the same sinful lifestyle – like a dog going back to its vomit (Prov 26:11).
You’ll discover that when we commit to God – having a relationship with Him, it becomes evident in our lives, our personal behaviors and our relationships with others. Literally in the world today, unbelievers don’t have to read a bible to get converted. I mean, how could they even understand without the Holyspirit to guide them? They tend to read our lives, find out what we’re committed to, observe how we applied this commitment into our everyday lives. Giving them a thorough understanding of who we really are and what we stand for and then giving them a change of heart to come into repentance and thus giving God the glory.
Every now and then we’re often faced with setbacks, trials and temptations because you chose to lead a godly lifestyle that makes you wish you could just fly away to someplace far from all of these setbacks. It could be at school, amongst peers or even in the home. In the scripture, 1 Thessalonians 3:1-7 GNB studying the life of Paul and the early Christian we got a crystal clear understanding that suffering and setbacks are an inevitable part of a Christian life. All that matters is your attitude towards whatever situation it may be.
Instead of just giving up hope, packing up and flying to your imaginary universe on paper planes ✈️, we should stand our ground and face whatever trials our adversary the devil throws our way. Roar at them because we have hope and believe on the one true and loving father – GOD.
Most times God keeps quiet when we’re faced by these setbacks, not because He hates us or He doesn’t care. He uses every trial and temptations we face to refine you for His glory.
Therefore, as believers (godly youths) whenever we’re faced by trials, setbacks, lack etc. don’t give up on God for He said in His word, Isaiah 40:31, “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint“.
So shun every paper plane you think is going to carry you away to someplace far from whatever situation you’re going through. In fact you were made for a time such as that – giving all glory to God for he cares for you. Trust in the Lord and wait on Him.
Tough times never last, but tough people do – Robert H. Schuller
LOOP :- a structure, series, or process, the end of which is connected to the beginning
TEXT :- Romans 12:2 GNB
“Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God — what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect.”
Basically, in a layman definition, loop could be defined as a series or string of a continuous (never-ending) event(s) one experiences every now and then.
Have you ever sat down or just lay down in bed on a lonely afternoon and then your mind just continuously bring to your remembrance a string of past event sometimes a hurtful relationship, an abuse, perhaps your past life of sin even though you’ve completely recanted those ways. You try to brush such ungodly thoughts aside but it just kept on playing and playing and you felt like if there was a stop button you could push to end all of it and most times we often felt helpless.
The good news is, We’re not helpless at all We actually have the power to overcome such ungodly thoughts. I came across a book – “THE POWER OF YOUR MIND” by Pst. Chris Oyakhilome, president and founder of Believers’ LoveWord Inc. (aka Christ Embassy). In his book, he gave the concept of mind management in accordance with the scripture Rom 12:2, “… be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…” in other words, changing your way of thinking, accepting God’s thoughts and opinions, exchanging your ideas for His and Learning to think and talk like him.
And how can one think like God?
By focusing on his word
“God’s words are His thoughts clothed in vocabulary”. – Pst Chris Oyakhilome
To conclude, in order to teach our mind never to partake in ungodly thoughts we have to study his word – the Bible (which are His thoughts) in so doing our minds becomes renewed and this loop of ungodly thoughts shall cease in our lives.
Until next article. Stay blessed
via Daily Prompt: Loop