Mark Affleck

It Took Me 30 Years To Meet the “Moments Of Life”

October 7, 2017
Spiritual Growth

Are you allowing negativity to produce a pessimistic view of life that keeps you from listening and hearing God? How would it feel to banish that destructive threat? Give it a try.


I start by asking God to help me fight off pessimism before it prevents me from listening, hearing, and responding to him. Then I focus on these five steps to help me hear God when pessimism crashes over the wall of my life:


FROM: Overwhelmed and worry-centric confusion.                        
TO: Focus on God’s truths and promises.


FROM: Thoughts outside of God’s will.          
TO: Taking every thought captive to Christ.


FROM: Focusing on earth.                                   
TO: Thinking about heaven and eternity.


FROM: Enemy controlling thoughts.
TO: Gratitude—our response to God’s love.


FROM: Life’s glass empty or half full?
TO: Doesn’t matter. The content is God’s hope and love.


It doesn’t have to be a formal, step-by-step process like this one to keep pessimism at bay and hear God. The point is that we much be conscious of the threat and give it to God real-time, all the time.

“In my distress I called to the Lord; I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice; my cry came before him, into his ears.” Psalm 18:6

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