Written By Ryan Walters
“For just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so my ways are higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”
Let’s get back to some signs that might expose areas of your life which may be lukewarm.
I use that verse above to exemplify & remind myself & all of you that the way by which we think is so unbelievably eccentric & distant from how our perfect God reasons & thinks.
You see, the other day I was thinking about how often our mindset revolves around this misbelief that something bad or tragic is suddenly going to appear in our lives when we least expect it. So we prepare our minds to expect the worst bringing about a pessimism that we carry around like a cannon, chained to our feet. We place this unneccesary burden on ourselves and for what reason? (I used to possess this ‘cancer of the mind’, so to speak, probably more distinctly and overtly than anybody I know- GUILTY); hence, why I find it appropriate to deliver).
Our flawed reasoning leads us to believe that if disaster or calamity has not been upon us recently, it’s only a matter of time until it comes and we must brace ourselves in so-called ‘preparation’ which only consists of Worries, Doubts and Fear (aka SIN).
But where in the Bible, as the source of Truth that we live accordingly to as Christ-followers, does it ever say to live this way? I mean, weren’t we meant not to worry but simply pray? (Matthew 6:34; Philippians 4:6-7).
How fearful and pessimistic we choose to be is a clear display of our lack of faith. If we really experienced the peace and joy of God each day, for what reason do we have to be afraid? For so long, I was stuck in this false lie, captive to a falsely-structured idea that formed my own image of God. But I broke free of the lie only to find everything I previously thought was just the opposite of what I called my ‘pessimistic life’.
I corrected my logic that made God out to be some cruel, careless, supernatural Being. My eyes were opened and I witnessed His love in my suffering.
I tend to think most likely everyone finds or creates their own reason to think this way. Why did I? Well, in my early teens I went through years of suffering, pain, confusion and inner hurt through my dad’s adultery, parent’s divorce, family drama, alcoholism, bipolar disorder episodes, verbal abuse, suicidal attempts of family members, restraining orders, death’s of family members and dysfunctional relationships all around to name a few.
I suppose I got so familiar with disasters occurring in my life that I figured if one thing continued leading to another, I might as well begin ‘preparing myself’ for this ongoing pattern. That’s the point in my life, at thirteen years of age, where my cancer of the mind was planted by Satan. In fact, this cancer got so bad that when the most traumatic event of my life happened, the sudden passing of my father, my mind was instantly directed to thinking,
“I wonder who will die next…my brother? Sister? Mother? Best friend? Perhaps all of them?”
I’ve lived to “tell the tale”, by God’s grace, to say to you that I am so saddened I ever began to allow myself to think that way because I look back now and am a present witness of God’s abundant love that was shown to me through every tragic circumstance I ever encountered. God taught me, challenged me, and built me up from every experience that Satan may have ever attempted to use to derail my faith.
I go a little deep on my own account only to try and advise others to refrain from having to be infected with such a poisonous, painful mindset over personal calamities; because God knows, the hurt I caused myself day in and day out for too many years was never necessary.
Please don’t carry around unnecessary burdens. Lift them up to Christ who received them all at the cross and died for them so that you might be free. Remove lukewarm faith from your life by believing your God is bigger than any disaster that comes your way.
“God will either protect you from hardships or give you the strength to go through them. You win either way.” (Lana McNeil)
Ryan Walters. ’98.6 Too Cold’ Founder, Blogger