YOU WILL FLOURISH LIKE GRASS
By Synthia Esther
Despair had overcome General Robbie Risner's life while living in his tiny cell as a prisoner of war. He was in a dismal place. Dark thoughts ever consumed him. Risner lived in his small cell shell of existence for 7 long years. He explained, "If you could have squeezed the feeling out of the word despair, it would have come out lead-coloured, dingy and dirty." How would he survive? How would he cope? The walls around him seem to close in daily. With his head bowed in sorrow he noticed a floor drain, pried the cover off and lowered his head into the opening.
There it was, a solitary blade of grass, the only life he could see, the only bright color in his lonely existence. This blade of grass he proclaimed, was like a blood transfusion of hope for the soul. Risner, with a "renewed mindset," began each day in prayer, lying on the floor with his head down the vent, focused on that single blade of grass. He saw the beauty of God's workmanship, the value of God's life force and plan. This God sent gift of life provided a ray of hope, during a time of great turmoil.
Risner's focus had changed his mind. Sound advice for those who struggle with sexual temptation, as you have less than thirty seconds to change your focus, defeating the thought that could otherwise hold your mind captive. When such thoughts besiege you think of the visual of Jesus Christ on the cross of Calvary. Focus on his shed blood that purchased your salvation's plan, redemption from sin.
* Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the "renewing" of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is - His good, pleasing and perfect will. - Romans 12:2 Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. - Colossians 3:2
* Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived. But now you must rid yourselves of all such things ... - Colossians 3:5-8 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. - Colossians 4:2
* No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. - Hebrews 12:11
* Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For everything in the world - the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does - comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever. - 1st John 2:15-17, "Ev
STAND FIRM IN YOUR FAITH SO THAT NO WEAPON FORGED AGAINST YOU WILL PREVAIL. - ISAIAH 54:17
You will be a crown of splender in the Lord's hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. - Isaiah 62:3 Remember, "You can do everything through Him who gives you strength. - Philippians 4:13
As a mother comforts her child, so will I comfort you. When you see this, your heart will rejoice and you will flourish like grass; the hand of the Lord will be made known to His servants, but His fury will be shown to His foes. - Isaiah 66:13-14
Be still and know that I am God... - Psalm 46:10
DON'T LET THE DECEPTION OF SIN BLIND YOU FROM SEEING AND KNOWING THE TRUTH. JESUS CHRIST IS OUR LORD, SAVIOR, FRIEND, UPON WHOM WE CAN DEPEND! SEEK HIM, TRUST IN HIM, CLAIM VICTORY IN HIM TO HELP YOU FIGHT ANY AND ALL BATTLES SATAN MAY SEND YOUR WAY.
OUR HOPE IS IN JESUS. WONDER IN HIS FAVOR, LOVE, MERCY, AND GRACE.
God is able to keep you from slipping and falling away, and to bring you, sinless and perfect, into his glorious presence with mighty shouts of everlasting joy - Jude 1:24. For this great God is our God forever and ever. He will be our guide until we die - Psalm 119:73.
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