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Circumstance or situation befalls all of us who have a life. “If it ain’t one thing, it’s another,” just as Richard “Dimples” Fields wrote in his classic song.

In this journey we call life, there is sure to be adversity, trial, and triumph; but in the midst of it all, what is important is how we deal with these bouts of uncertainties. 

We must be ever so careful how we tread and very selective about the words we speak. Because the words we speak into the atmosphere have power to create or to destroy. “For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds.” (2 Corinthians 10:4)

The Bible says that the sins of the father are visited upon the children unto the third and fourth generation…this does not have to be our plight or our story.

Just because mommy and daddy drank alcohol and smoked cigarettes does not mean you have to follow in their footsteps. We have a choice to make and it is solely up to us to make the wise and right decision to refrain from such activity. 

Some things are DNA-related, such as eye and hair color; nose and lips and eyebrows; the way we walk and the way we may talk. These are just some of the physical attributes that may be passed on to us, which are out of our control. We have to be accepting of these attributes. But when it comes to choosing how we live, those choices are solely our own. There comes a time in our lives when we need to stop playing the blame game and pointing fingers at everything and everybody outside of ourselves. No matter what may contribute to our circumstances, we each have the last say at what we do and how we live our lives.

To thine ownself be true! I heard it said that “as he thinketh in his heart, so is he” (Proverbs 23:7). Most times, if we’ve already thought it out, it’s just like we’ve already done it in our hearts. We must change the way we think and act. One way to do this is by surrounding ourselves with positive people who are like-minded, who get our situation and not our problems. Negative people are a detriment to us, so we need to choose wisely the company we keep. I heard it said that “birds of a feather flock together.” 

What we do today will definitely affect our tomorrow! A lot of us thrive on trying to get people to like us. Many of us have parameters and boundaries in which we choose to move and operate that promote positive outcomes. But we sometimes get caught up in the foolishness of others by trying to be a people-pleaser.We ought to seek those of like-mindedness who strive to obtain success. We each ultimately have the last say-so concerning our own circumstances. The battlefield is in the mind.

This is where the real war is waged against us. The battle we fight today is spiritual, not with the flesh. God has given us a weapon of war against temptation: the Holy Bible. He, too, has given us His blessed Holy Spirit in which to fight the assaults and insults of the enemy. The promises of God give us victory over the attacks of the enemy.

When we fill our minds with God’s word, we have the ability to pull down strongholds. When we put on the whole armor of God, we can stand against the devil’s schemes. But we must take every thought captive through obedience to Christ. 

Our words have power! We can either speak life or death to a situation. We must be alert and sober-minded. It is then that we have the ability to resist the enemy’s prompts by standing firm in the faith. We must declare and decree that we are more than conquerors and know that there is nothing that can separate us from the love of God. 

We must know that there is no temptation uncommon to man. But God is faithful, He will not let us be tempted beyond what we can bear. And when we are tempted, He will provide us a way to endure it. God gives us a peace that surpasseth all understanding and He will not suffer our feet to be moved. 

We may have trouble in the world, but we are overcomers through the word of God! Blessed be the name of the Lord. “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, to the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen” (1 Jude 24-25).