Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Winsome Wednesday - What Spirit is Influencing You?

I have found lately that my attitude has been affected by the decisions of those around me.  Those who have maybe not chosen what I feel the Lord would have had them choose.  And then I hear in my head, "well, going that route may be painful or not God's first choice for me, but is it so bad?"  And I realize that my mind is starting to be influenced by this spirit which is not of the Lord - FOR ME!

Now the choices made by those around me may be right for them.  It may be how the Lord is guiding them or leading them.  But I know what the Lord expects of me, I know what, for me, is His will in my life with regards to these things!  And I know that what I have been seeing around me is not what He wants for me.  


Now I am in no way criticising the choices of others.  Its like a diet!  It may work for you and it may have awesome results - for you - BUT, it is not meant for me!  It makes me feel hungry all the time, or unsatisfied, etc.  Another diet that does not work for you, may work for me.

So, although in this I am struggling, I know that what the Lord wants for me I must keep seeking!  I must keep trying!  I must never give up!  Until the Lord says otherwise.  

I read a statement on facebook this week that really summarized my feelings about this for me.  It is:
  • Good things come to those who believe
  • Better things come to those who wait
  • And the best things come to those who NEVER give up!  
I found myself questioning what has been influencing my thinking?  Is it God's word, or the actions of others and how that seems to be working for them?   Well, I suppose one just has to spend some proper time in the word to figure out exactly whether we are walking/thinking as God would have us.  

Valentine's Day opened my eyes to pushing through.  I decided to consider 1 Corinth 13 v 4-8 as it speaks of love and these scriptures led me to understand, it is God's way to never give up on us, I need to never give up too!  THAT is love!

So, my encouragement to you today is to consider what is influencing your thinking?  God's word?  Or the actions of those around you?

God bless
Tracy

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22 comments:

  1. Tracy - that is a tough one - the actions of those around us - that sometimes hurt - that hurt sometimes creates a battlefield - where God's word of love and forgiveness battles maybe just the pain of the hurt - but I am like you - I will not give up - I will not stop fighting for love and forgiveness:) Thanks for your encouraging message!

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    1. Hi Maryleigh, I'm generally good at "I wont give up" but lately it feels really tough to hang in there and then to see those around me coping with "giving up" one wonders.... But, I believe God does not want me to give up, so, I wont! :) Thanks for the encouragement my friend
      God bless

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  2. The people we are close to influence us greatly at times, but we have to keep pushing forward to what God is calling us to do; not always an easy task! So true; better things come to those who wait and never give up! :)
    Blessings and love Tracy!
    Denise

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    1. Hi Denise, I know. God has shown that to wait on Him is ALWAYS the best option! So, I'm pushing through and waiting on the Lord.
      God bless my friend

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  3. The influence from the world around us can be polluting, we must purposely choose to be influenced by His Word. Good post Tracy, thanks.

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    1. Hi Marja, I agree with you, its all about choices, choosing the Godly choice and not the worldly choice! Great to see you here my friend
      God bless

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    1. Hi Denise, thank you sweet lady
      God bless

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  5. Great post, Tracy. So true that good things come when we never give up on what God is doing.
    (PS - I linked up twice because my first link was to my pinned post. Feel free to delete it if you like. Sorry about that!)

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    1. Hi Holly, Not to worry about linking up twice, maybe twice as many will pop over. :) God bless

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  6. On time post for me Tracy!! Here lately the actions of others have influenced me to allow my hurt and anger to over ride what I know to be true. Thank you for a great post and awesome reminder!!!! I know that He has not given up on me, his daughter, and for that I am still a work in progress.
    xoxox
    Stacey

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    1. Hi Stacey, I think we are linked somehow! Maybe our names being so similar? Lol! often times your words are just what I need to hear so I appreciate it when something I say encourages you. God bless my friend, praying for you

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  7. It is so easy to slip into the ways of those around us. However, we need to look to God for our directions! Fortunately, if we find that we are listening to something other that God, we can do a quick turn around. Each day, I pray that I seek God first!

    Blessings, Joan

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    1. Hi Joan, I know right? And often times we wonder if its really that bad to make that choice or this?! But ultimately, God's way is best EVERY time! God bless my friend

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  8. Hi! I have been a follower of your blog for a while now(via GFC) And I wanted to tell you that you have been a great encouragement to me! thank you so much!

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    1. Hi Julia, thank you, your words are very precious to me and very encouraging. God bless, and I will be popping over and visiting your blog shortly
      Tracy

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  9. SO true.........what a challenge to continually evaluate what is influencing us.....thank you for posting this.....and for hosting the blog link up. :) Gentle Joy

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  10. I am always susceptible to the opinions of others. I think it's because I try to please, to make everyone happy all the time. It's impossible. And so, my moods tend to go up and down with the feelings and situations of loved ones.

    Sometimes, the enemy is able to discourage me greatly by this blurred focus. May the Lord strengthen me to FIX my eyes on only Him. In that way, I will be able to discern His guiding voice so much better.

    GOD BLESS!

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  11. We are bombarded by so many messages each day that it's hard to not be influenced by them, our only hope is to know what his truth is, to keep our eyes fixed on him...a daily struggle

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  12. It's often so easy to look at what others are doing and compare and wonder if it'd be okay for us too. I'm glad you took the hard stand and decided against that.

    I love the FB statements you shared--may we keep persevering and never give up. Thanks for the encouragement to do that.

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  13. Tracy, thanks for sharing. Blessings.

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  14. I'm too influenced by my emotions. I let them get to me, get me down, when I need to focus on God's truth and not what I FEEL.

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