Monday, January 18, 2016

Daily Thought For January 18, 2016

Empowerment Through Gratitude

If you want to personally kick some demon booty, I have a fast acting tactic that will work instantly. Entitlement is our society's opium. It is what demons spoon feed us to keep us addicted to the pursuit of worldly pleasures. Feeling that you have a "right" to something, in essence means you are demanding that whatever that "something" is, it be handed over to you NOW. Break that habit! Practice the virtue of gratitude. Be grateful for what you already have without the expectation of more. It will help you see that life is a gift from God and not an expectation. Heed the words in Colossians 2:6-7 (NIV), "So then, just as you received Christ Jesus as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness (gratitude)." By adopting an attitude of gratitude, I guarantee that your outlook on the meaning of life, and your purpose on earth will change for the better. This will have the demons retreating in disgust from your space. Practicing this virtue of gratitude is the first step of empowerment; taking back control of your life from demons means you are no longer a slave to the demonic spirit of entitlement. "Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God." (Ephesians 5:1-2, NIV) 

Once you begin to embrace gratitude, you will see the world in a more positive light. Instead of focusing on what you don't have in life, look for God in everyone you meet. The more you find evidence of it no matter how insignificant or small, you will draw closer to God. When I see a stranger entering the post office and waiting to hold open the door for me as I enter, I know I have found evidence of God. Random acts of kindness aren't isolated occurrences, but affirmations from heaven that God is with you! Try performing random acts of kindness. By doing so, you are a personal witness to the world and demons of the FACT that God is alive and manifesting Himself daily in our lives. Jesus himself admonished us to practice kindness in Matthew 5:6, "let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven". 

from A Message of Hope — Confession of an Ex-Satanist: How to protect yourself from evil by Deborah Lipsky pp. 147-148