We all know that what we give our attention to grows, draws near, is amplified, is given power to. Have you ever picked up the phone, only to be bombarded by the negative commentary of someone close to you, who not only wants to point out your faults but also wants to dictate how you should change to suite them. I would venture to bet that we have even been guilty of the same, here or there. Has it helped? Does it produce any good result? Usually not, it usually just elevates the level of disappointment and places a huge energy block that needs to be cleared up, more work for both parties who are obviously effectiveness challenged!
Philippians 2:14 “Do everything without complaining or arguing”
We all know that fasting, does something in the spirit realm as a direct correlation to what is being done in the natural. Bound on earth bound in heaven / Loosed in Heaven, loosed on Earth! Do you have any idea what the Spiritual bondage is of negativity. It's the absence of Hope, Joy, Peace. Its anything but persuasive. It's a stumbling block for all parties involved. It's habitual, common, popular, widely practiced BUT very self destructive! Want a glimpse of how life could be once its eliminated? Guess what, you can... but it will require active awareness, self control and some clever tricks for escape!
Make a commitment to yourself, to avoid complaining, at all costs, about anything! Stub your toe? You can say "ouch" but instead of recoiling about it all the day long, remind yourself that "You are grateful you didn't break it!" You are not prohibited to ask/notice things that you would prefer, In fact, in the process of NOT complaining, you will be forced to direct your attention specifically to what you DO want.If you are going to extend any energy let it be toward the doing.
Try this for a week, two weeks or even a month, make this Your FAST! Just like food or drink, similar to every day pleasures, the concept is to deny yourself what seems to come naturally. What is the purpose? You will see how the enemy has used the fruit of your own lips and thinking against you! You will see, as the veil lifts HOW your own sidesteps have taken you out of alignment with the blessings you've been on line waiting for. When you were younger, in school, you'd have to get online based on height, age or alphabetical order. This is somewhat different, your attitude, walk, talk & demeanor, will dictate where you are in the lineup. Patience and tolerance goes ahead of back biting & grumbling complainers. Move to the front, stop complaining! See whom you can benefit in front of or in back of you and see how fast you advance!
If there is someone in your present experience accustomed to SHARING all of their toxicity with you, you need to sidestep it immediately. If you are in a group of people, and the conversation turns towards complaints, details of injustices (minor, major, past or present) excuse yourself immediately (go to the bathroom, take/make an important call, something) just get out of earshot from it, until the air clears! We wouldn't think twice of placing a sign on our lawn requesting that others 'curb their dogs' but its OK for them to dump on your life? Listening to it does not make you a good friend. You cant become poor to help the needy, disoriented to help the confused, lost to help the misguided and so on. The best help we can offer the negative ones, is by remaining positive and holding that ground as steadfastly as possible!
I remember hearing an adage like this, "if you woke up tomorrow, had a great breakfast, got green lights all the way to where ever you were going, got a free car wash, didn't have to wait in line, found out that you won a contest or prize and then got a flat tire on the way home, would you focus on the flat tire ad how bad your day was? OR, would you focus on all the wonderful things that happened and how blessed your day was?! Some people only talk about the snag, it's their excuse to complain & it can only serve to kick you off the line. So, steer clear! It will be a challenge not only to abstain from complaining yourself, but to skillfully avoid entertaining it from others. You will begin to notice the vast amount of people around you who habitually propagating negativity and discord! "Oooops. I forgot something, I have to go, I'll call you back!" the something you forgot is Your 7..14...or 30 day fast!
Lord, help us to cultivate a new way of life. Help us to steer clear of the negativity that is affecting us from all directions. Give is proper discernment how to handle, avoid and remove this activity from our lives! Bring swift evidence of the benefit to all those who earnestly strive to do this, Lord, send your mighty angels to run interference for us, prevent these others from infiltrating our day, to remind us if we slip, to shut our lips, to turn attention to that which is good over that which is unwanted! Lord, bring us back into good standing with all those things You say are worthy, good and true!In Jesus Mighty name AMEN
10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. (Psalm 51:10)
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God (Philippians 4:6).Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5:7).And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7)
Isaiah 58:1-9King James Version (KJV)
58 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.2 Yet they seek me daily, and delight to know my ways, as a nation that did righteousness, and forsook not the ordinance of their God: they ask of me the ordinances of justice; they take delight in approaching to God.
3 Wherefore have we fasted, say they, and thou seest not? wherefore have we afflicted our soul, and thou takest no knowledge? Behold, in the day of your fast ye find pleasure, and exact all your labours.
4 Behold, ye fast for strife and debate, and to smite with the fist of wickedness: ye shall not fast as ye do this day, to make your voice to be heard on high.
5 Is it such a fast that I have chosen? a day for a man to afflict his soul? is it to bow down his head as a bulrush, and to spread sackcloth and ashes under him? wilt thou call this a fast, and an acceptable day to the Lord?
6 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke?
7 Is it not to deal thy bread to the hungry, and that thou bring the poor that are cast out to thy house? when thou seest the naked, that thou cover him; and that thou hide not thyself from thine own flesh?
8 Then shall thy light break forth as the morning, and thine health shall spring forth speedily: and thy righteousness shall go before thee; the glory of the Lord shall be thy reward.
9 Then shalt thou call, and the Lord shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
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