Yesterday, I posted my version of Psalm 118:24, which accurately states, “This is the day that the Lord has made; I will rejoice and be glad in it.” I’m not suggesting that the actual Bible verse be replaced with my version; however it was more direct and succinct: “This is the day that the Lord has made and I will CHOOSE to rejoice in it...regardless of what happens...and try not to forget my choice before day's end!!!”
As I thought about that post throughout the day, choosing to rejoice no matter what, the Lord reminded me that we are responsible for choosing all of our emotions. We can choose to become angry at that driver who cut us off or we can choose to pray for him/her and bless them. We can choose to become bitter because we did not get that job/promotion/answer that we wanted or we can take the results of that situation and use it for our good. We can choose to be jealous of someone and resent them. Or we can choose to be glad for them and move forward with our own life. We can choose to be happy, to rejoice. We can choose to trust God and have faith.
God tells us in John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” One of the sneakiest ways the thief (Satan) wants to kill and destroy us is in our thoughts and minds. When we choose to be bitter, resentful, jealous or any negative emotion, we have just opened the door for the enemy to come in and wreak destruction.
When we choose the right emotion, (i.e. when we act like the Christians we claim to be) scripture tells us: “And God's peace [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. (Phil. 4:7 Amplified Bible; emphasis mine) A garrison is a fort or stronghold. So this scripture tells us God’s peace builds a fort around us and He guards our hearts and minds.
How do we choose the right emotion for any situation rather than exhibiting negative emotions? Simple. We keep our eyes on Jesus – all the time. We give him permanent place inside the fort as a guard over our hearts and minds.