External influences

One of the greatest skillsets we can build is emotional intelligence and resilience. On a daily basis we are triggered by external triggers but the truth is: we have options. If we choose to, we can bounce back from negative emotions by re-directing our focus.

There was a man in the Bible named Elijah. He was a mighty prophet, filled with the power of God. Elijah called fire down from heaven and the fire of God consumed his offering. He then killed hundreds of false prophets. But after this amazing feat, he faced death threats from opposing rulers. Elijah was not only exhausted, he also became afraid: he focused on the negativity and ran off to hide in the wilderness.

Like Elijah, we too experience bad things, rejection, threats, heartbreak and exhaustion; amongst many other things! And the Lord is right there with us the entire time. The thing about it, is that God will not force us to move forward. He will confront and command us to be strong and courageous. He will give us new assignments. But ultimately, it’s on us to shift our focus to what God wants to do moving forward instead of focusing on the negative influences coming against us.

The truth is that God has given us a sound mind and authority to shift our minds!

I pray that whatever negativity the enemy is sending your way are cast down! Whether they come through the news, people, social media, and even random thoughts (which you embrace as yours) be rebuked by the power of the blood of Jesus and by the words that come out of your mouth. I pray this in the name of Jesus! Amen.

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