"For this reason, He sent his word; and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions. Psalm107: 20
A person can never determine if something or someone is destructive unless there is something to compare it to. My childhood would entail a harsh environment but when every person is operating in the same mindset, same habits and the same way of doing things, eventually you will become the product of that environment. When there is no order or guidelines to follow, life can be unrestricted but dangerous. Who doesn’t have rules? Even a football game has rules but you only win when you follow them. I lived a spontaneous life, one that allowed me to make my own rules especially in a one parent home. Whether they were good or not, I never had opposition from the community except from my mom, who worked nonstop. Not to mention, I was saved and grew up in the Church but was led astray because it is the path I chose to take. To put it differently, I was not in a hurry to actually live saved. So then, little by little I would fall into a pattern of producing one bad decision after another causing me to self-destruct, by the time I was eighteen years of age. It was God’s Unlimited Grace, Mercy and Favor that endured patiently with me throughout my journey. Destruction means to injure, harm, or wound. I did not understand how rapidly I was destroying my life and became a threat to my very own soul. Virtually living on the edge as if there was nothing in my future to look forward to. Without the proper guidance and affirmative action, I had become reckless and slowly but surely degrading the core of positive values that existed in my upbringing. Not noticing that the trials of life can at times change a rational person to one that is capable of destroying everything and everyone in their reach. Destructive behaviors can be derived from negative experiences and oftentimes prey on the fears of life causing a sense of insecurity. This insecurity caused me to seek attention in all the wrong places and in all the wrong people. When we lack guidance and self-control our flesh has the potential to creatively destroy that, which is dear to us such as our family, friends and relationships and most importantly, jeopardizing our spiritual walk. There are instances where this same lack of control causes damage through harmful acts most of the times described as physical, mental, verbal and even sexual abuse. Other factors are also birthed out of these abuses, they are most commonly found in unfaithfulness, addictions, and even death. We operate in various spirits but the spirit of destruction, I believe, is most damaging because it ultimately sets out to demolish our existence. Leaves us to wonder who could be the author of all of this pandemonium. You guessed correctly. The enemy! If we are not careful to consider our ways, he will faithfully support us in self-destructing lifestyles before we are delivered from it all. Do you think God wants us to suffer any more than we have to? Of course not! There is no doubt in my mind that God has greater plans for us and is mindful of each and every mistake we encounter.
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Published May 21, 2013
Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference.