8. August 2020

Negative Influences

By Mark Shields

If our thinking starts going in the wrong direction, we can lose our edge for a great day. Instead, we should think of what good things are going our way and this will build momentum so that we stay on track. This day with God, we will continue to build momentum along the journey as we read Numbers 31.

God was on the side of the Israelites and sanctioned a war to rid them of the negative influences of the Midianites. This was to avenge the Midianites because of the events of the past when the men had been enticed by Midianite women to go along with their idol worship. It was to be total vengeance and victory leaving no survivors.

In our life, we need to continually rid ourselves of the negative influences including thoughts and actions that hold us back. These negative influences need to be dealt with promptly and completely. God’s on our side today to deal with these negatives that try to confine our progress.

These negative influences build up on the inside to create fear, frustration, and anxiety. If we can replace those negatives with positives, then we can flourish. The picture below was a shot taken while going up Mt. Haleakala on the island of Maui. It’s a dormant volcano now but when it was active, the lava from volcanic eruptions formed more than 75% of the island.

Deep inside the earth, there is all this built up energy that is released through volcanos. All the Hawaiian Islands were formed from the lava of volcanos. Like the paradise of the Hawaiian Islands, God can turn our intense difficulties into something positive and His power can cause simplicities to emerge.

This day with You Lord, help us to alleviate the negative influences that drag us down so we can be all You want us to be. We ask for Your power to turn our intense difficulties into simplicities. You have given us Jesus to follow, the Word as a map, and the Spirit to guide. We believe we will be blessed with a great day because You are with us. Amen.

Source:: https://thisdaywithgod.com/2020/07/27/negative-influences/

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