I have a hard time trusting God when it comes to money matters. I wonder if those reading this blog do as well.
For example, I was led to believe that a small monthly increase would be starting in January with an income check I receive, but guess what? The cost of insurance payments increased as well! So much so that those increases ate up that pay raise and left me receiving less this year than last year. Ouch!
Oh yeah, the temptation to worry is poised and ready to inflict my thoughts with worry. Yet my training has taught me I must resist such thinking and replace it with Truth thoughts (p. 93 FD 3rd edition).
I desire to be like the flowers who don’t worry. But this is an area where I am especially vulnerable to Satan’s fiery darts. It’s a challenge for me to trust God with such abandon. Calling upon verses like the following is my only recourse:
And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 HCSB
Knowing what I know, I am faced with two questions,
What if I choose to worry over this dilemma ?
It’s vital that you keep in mind Satan’s plan to steal, kill, and destroy. When a suspicious thought enters your mind, ask yourself this question, “If I consider this thought and act upon it, will good come from it?” If you cannot answer in the affirmative, then put up your shield of faith and stand your ground in deflecting such thinking! p. 54 FD 3rd edition
Or what if I choose not to worry?
On the other hand, consider Galatians 5:22-23. This is the familiar verse describing the fruits of the Spirit. When God puts a thought into your mind, then, love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, or self-control, for example, is the desired end. The purpose behind thoughts influenced by God is meant to conform us into the image of His Son. p. 54 FD 3rd edition
Therefore, if I choose to keep my thoughts centered on God’s faithful provision then the enemy looses. His grip weakens and my spiritual muscles grow stronger!