“I am an aggressive person by nature so I had to put that anger, and that dissatisfaction with life, to death: I had to destroy those negative thoughts. However, at the same time, once they were put to death, something new could be raised up in zeal. Because I am an intense person by nature, I could actually put that to use to fight for my calling; to fight against sin and to live the life of a disciple!
It’s a hatred against sin, because I see what anger according to my nature brings me; it brings me nothing. No happiness; nothing. It actually separates me from people, and from God. When I could see the results that anger was bringing in my life, then I hated it and therefore I could put it to death. In other words, I would not agree with it. I wouldn’t allow it to have any control in my life. But on the flip side, I could also arm myself with new thoughts. These new thoughts included thankfulness, and thoughts of a future and a hope, and thoughts of how I can make it better for the others. It was really a transformation in my life!
Often people think that when you pray to God, you’re going to get given some sort of magical power. But actually what He’s doing is giving me His word or He’s giving me exhortations through someone else. He’s giving me tools and weapons to fight with and the mindset to fight, so that I can fight against this enemy.” Jeremy (Canada) #ActiveChristianity