“I, Yahweh, examine the mind, I test the heart, to give to each according to his way, according to what his actions deserve.” Jeremiah 17:10
“And you, O Lord, demonstrate loyal love. For you repay men for what they do.” Psalm 62:12
Greetings much-loved child of the Living God!
You know the person. You know the situation. You probably have even been conditioned to dread certain interactions because they seem to never fail to be able to ‘push your buttons’ and elicit a response you always end up regretting. That behavior my friend, by the power of the Spirit of the Living God, needs to be extinguished. One of the fruits of the Spirit is self-control and yielding to the Spirit will be the tool we need to cultivate this fruit. The choice is to either have the fruit of anger, bitterness, rage, and the like or we can produce the fruit of self-control. Which would you rather continually harvest?
Here is what I would like you to consider. When in a situation you know historically can either elicit an undesired response or draw something out of you that seemingly comes ‘out of nowhere’, pause and make the decision to choose a different reaction. Ultimately it IS your choosing. Look at your situation or at the person and mentally make a concrete decision to not react the way you have allowed yourself to do in the past. Your ‘buttons may be pushed’ but you get to choose what will come forth. Mentally cut the wire that connects that ‘button’ with your undesired emotion. You are not a rat running a maze in a science experiment that is bound to their stimulus/response environment. You are a child of the Living God and infused with HIS Spirit of power and of a sound mind! Choose to rely on the Lord and mentally take that typical flesh response and put it in your spiritual bank instead.
We can receive rewards here on earth or we can receive eternal rewards. Earthly rewards are always fleeting. Eternal rewards are just that…ETERNAL. They will forever be with you. Amen! Which would you rather have the fleeting or the eternal? It is extremely difficult to yield our thoughts to the Spirit when we live in a world that does not value waiting but instead attempts to train us to ‘have it now!’. Therefore, we must tell ourselves to take a stand for eternal things.
If you take how your flesh would desire to react and allow that reaction to instead be ‘deposited’ in your spiritual bank, God is faithful to ‘grow’ those deposits by growing you. We get double dividends! We get spiritual growth for empowered living under the sun and we also get an eternal reward! Be bold and take it to your Spiritual Bank! The FDIC insures our worldly banking interest the best they can but it is inferior to the way God backs his people’s ‘deposits’. Your spiritual bank is insured by the power that sustains the universe! This is what you can truly trust in! Did you know that God considers you “His inheritance” (Ephesians 1:18)? It is beyond our imaginations! He grows and accrues our fleshly ‘deposits’ into a rich inheritance in the saints. God takes our deposits that are broken, lacking, and ugly and spends time with these investments turning them into perfect beauty. Now that is a spiritual bank worth investing in.
In His grace,