“Give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you” (1 Thessalonians 5:18, ESV).
When we get swept up in painful circumstances, there’s a place in the supernatural that can only be won one way. We need to skillfully outmaneuver the enemy by focusing on the object of the game: to move from a victim mentality to that of an overcomer.
I went for a prayer walk this morning and asked the Holy Spirit how I might refine my speech to get aligned with His. I’ve been negative with my family lately, because I’ve been in physical pain. Tim has been dealing with intense knee pain, so it’s been hard for him to be on the upswing, too.
First thing this morning, I hauled several loads of trash out to the curb. At first, I was cross, because that job belongs to my twenty-four-year-old, Andy. I took care of the trash. Then I went for a prayer walk.
The Holy Spirit told me that I’m an atmosphere changer. He said that I need to take ownership for my decisions. Co-Co addressed my negativity, but He did it without shame. He used no condemnation (shame or guilt over failure), but rather conviction (ordering my thoughts with His).
Here’s the game plan Co-Co gave. When tempted to be negative, make these five easy moves:
- Pray, “Holy Spirit, fill my senses.”
- Clear your mind & experience His presence.
- Thank Him for one simple thing in the situation.
- Think, “I’ll affirm this person, regardless of my struggle or their reaction.”
- Ask the Holy Spirit for the words. Then speak them. But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you (John 14:26, ESV).
I took these steps. Then I thanked Co-Co that my family had taken several hours Saturday to tackle a huge decluttering project. They’d sorted, stacked, and labeled tubs, old furniture, and bags of used goods, and made runs on a thrift store to get rid of many. Thinking how grateful I was suddenly made hauling bags out the curb a treat.
When I spoke with Tim and Andy, I beamed. “See all that stuff on the curb? Now, there’s a trophy.” They grinned.
Here was a holy moment. I felt the atmosphere shift. And you know what? I’m certain they did, too.
What other shifts happen when you let Co-Co in?