For You

Psalm 138:8 English Standard Version (ESV) The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever. Do not forsake the work of your hands.

The last sentence is a prayer for God not to forget us. God is not like us, He does not forget. In many ways these prayers are meant more to be a reminder to us of what God is doing in us because we are the ones who tend to forget.

We know God’s love is an enduring love. Steadfast is an indication of being consistent during this life we live. It doesn’t always feel that way. Unpleasant circumstances can draw our attention away from the good that is happening even in the midst of sorrows.

This is why we need to remind ourselves that God does not fail in anything to which He has put His hand.

2 Corinthians 9:8 English Standard Version (ESV) And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency[contentment] in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.

Grace abounds in all things at all times, even if we do not see it, and especially if we do not feel it.

The footnote to sufficiency says contentment. I added that because understand that God deems this grace sufficient even if we lose focus on God’s purpose for us. We are flesh and we feel the pangs of hunger, we thirst when dehydrated. We ache with exertion, and our minds fail to remember because the mind itself is flesh.

This is why we need to remind ourselves of who God is as our Lord and Savior. His character does not change, His purpose does not change, His love endures and we need to remind ourselves of that fact.

He is not thru with us.


Lamentations 3:17-20 English Standard Version

17 my soul is bereft of peace; I have forgotten what happiness[good] is;
18 so I say, “My endurance has perished; so has my hope from the Lord.”

19 Remember my affliction and my wanderings, the wormwood and the gall!
20 My soul continually remembers it and is bowed down within me.

The bible does not directly address the subconscious. This is as close as I could come to addressing the issue here. We remember the events of the past and the emotions related to those events. What is not addressed here is the truth of those moments, only the deep seated emotions expressed in a way that the author fails to escape from and falls victim to them.

The subconscious has a powerful affect over our lives and if we fail to expose those memories to the truth, we will constantly misapply our actions based on vanity, emptiness as to results. We will not achieve the growth in Christ we have been promised.

We can see in verses 17 and 18 above the negativity of falling victim to an unhealthy subconscious. The only way to correct that condition is to expose the subconscious to the truth discovered and believed by the conscious mind. It is part of the renewed mind that needs to go deeper than conscious thought.

This relationship with truth is the purview of the Holy Spirit. What we have to do in order to correct the unforeseen errors of the subconscious mind is to accept that our perceptions are flawed and that we do not have to be controled by a past we cannot change.

We all have something that seems to linger from our past that haunts our present. For some it might be abuse at the hand of another. Perhaps a strong emotional response was felt during the formative years when emotions ruled over judgment. Some picture things and anything that looks even remotely similar to the original event triggers heightened emotions. We might even feel helpless to control those moments. The truth can replace those vanities.

We can overcome ourselves.