We have an authority as believers that most Christians have missed. Satan doesn’t have any control over your heart and circumstances — he cannot control you unless you let him. In Deuteronomy 30:19, God speaks through Moses, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”
If you were to diagram this sentence, “you” is again the implied subject: therefore, you choose life. God gave you the choice over your heart. This is powerful, but again, people have missed it and have allowed themselves to justify feelings and emotions that are contrary to God’s Word.
For example, we say, “Sure, I’m supposed to love my brother and sister, and I’m supposed to walk in love.” We try to do that at church and sometimes in the world. But everybody has one person who really gets under their skin. So we justify feelings that are contrary to what God commanded us to do. We say, “Well, God can’t expect me to love that person.”
A Marriage of Convenience?
In my marriage counseling, people invariably say to me, “But look what this person did,” and they begin to tell me all the terrible things their mate has done. The purpose of this is to justify their feelings. They say, “I know I’m not supposed to be depressed and discouraged. I know I’m not supposed to be angry, but look what they did.”
What they’re really saying is, “Well, this justifies my feelings, this justifies my depression, this justifies my actions.” But there is nothing that justifies our being less than what God called us to be.
It doesn’t matter what comes your way — death, physical problems, financial problems, relationship problems — whatever the devil is fighting you with. God has given you the ability to overcome it.
But you have to choose.
If you identify with discouragement, doubt, and depression, you set a precedent that will enslave you the rest of your life