June 28, 2020

Bob Maas
“Put away perversity from your mouth; keep corrupt talk far from your lips. Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you. Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm. Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”
Proverbs 4:24-27
“Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.”
Ephesians 4:29

Whenever I am faced with negative circumstances, I am grateful that I can still be at peace if I maintain my focus of attention on the Lord. He has promised that He would never leave me nor forsake me. Loving Him is my highest priority and nothing can stop me from doing that, no matter how severe the incident might be. One of my greatest and most destructive temptations is to say something negative. The least corrupt word, regardless of how seemingly insignificant it appears, opens a floodgate of other thoughts that can be almost debilitating. When this happened to me recently, I was overwhelmed with enormous doubt and pessimism. I knew, deep down in my heart, it was an illusion, but I couldn’t stop the onslaught of speculation. It was only by God’s grace and mercy that I began to focus on thoughts of Him to quiet my mind. Within seconds, the bombardment of negativism began to subside and I returned to that awesome place of fellowship with Him. I am so grateful that I can always trust the Lord and stand on a firm foundation, simply by reflecting on the cross which demonstrates His love and faithfulness.