Thursday, March 17, 2005

The Path of Most Resistance

by Donna L. Watkins
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 I am amazed at how easy it is to fall back into the mindset I've had for so many years which I now see to be the foundation for keeping me in poor health. It's like the ruts formed by moving water on a slope ... paths of least resistance. I am now used to having great energy and no muscle pain, so when I have a less than energetic day, I KNOW I've got some work to do and I begin to dig into my thoughts to find where I'm going down the wrong path.

I have determined to take the path of most resistance! Resistance to the false belief system I have held in my mind (which is part of my soul) which has kept my body in bondage. The Bible says that God "wishes above all things that we prosper and be in health, even as our soul prospers." Our soul is our mind, will and emotions. When they are not prospering in the Truth, then my body (physically) will not prosper. How aware I now am of how unprosperous my soul has been.

I read in Oswald Chambers, "My Utmost for His Highest," a bit of wisdom: "All the Almighty God is ours in the Lord Jesus! And He will tax the last grain of sand and the remotest star to bless us if we will obey Him. What does it matter if external circumstances are hard? Why should they not be! If we give way to self-pity and indulge in the luxury of misery, we banish God's riches from our own lives and hinder others from entering into His provision. No sin is worse than the sin of self-pity, because it obliterates God and puts self-interest upon the throne. It opens our mouths to spit out murmurings and our lives become craving spiritual sponges, there is nothing lovely or generous about them."

I think of those "spiritual sponges" he mentions as things that have soaked up all the evil that waited to gain entrance into my soul to torment me. All I had to do was grumble and complain, rather than to bless God anyway. How easy I take the good times in life, but how bruised I feel when things don't go the way I want them to. With that mindset I open doorways for the enemy to gain permission to torment me (as he got permission to do to Job). Job admitted that what he feared the most had come upon him, so he opened the doorway to his torment with fear.

Fear is sin, although we tend to think it's something that is simply part of our society - our time - our generation. I wonder if people feared taking that road to Jericho after hearing about the guy who had been robbed, beaten and left for dead and passed by people who refused to help.

"God is able to make all grace abound" and then when we have appropriated it, we have learned to lavish the grace of God on others. I am gathering up the grace available to me and determined to have it abound in my life as I move towards total health and freedom from disease.

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