Time with the idiot?

Well!  What kind of question are you asking?  It’s not very kind or Christian like!  Yes, you are correct.  But, I ask the question again have you ever spent time with idiot?  No, idiot is not someone you can talk to face-to-face.  You may be thinking right now, well, then who is idiot?  I cannot cite sources because I’ve collected this information over many years.  Some refer to idiot as self-talk, automatic negative thoughts, the voice inside your head, your own worst enemy, and many other descriptors of this particular malady that everyone that I have had close conversations with, suffers with.

I cannot cite sources because I’ve collected this information over many years.  Some refer to idiot as self-talk, automatic negative thoughts, the voice inside your head, your own worst enemy, and many other descriptors of this particular malady that everyone that I have had close conversations with, suffers with.

Maybe just maybe, the thorns in the flesh that Paul prayed for relief from, could they be a voice in his head that reminded him of failures and worthlessness?  Paul was neither a widely accepted Jewish person as a believer like he was when he was a persecutor, nor did everything turn to gold that he touched.

Paul wanted to do oh so much more for God, but his human frailties next his efforts.  I truly believe the only reason for any defect, emotional, relational, or spiritual that we have is to keep us mindful continually of a God who loves us and gave himself for us.  Our human pride is easily stirred and is false, while humility is uplifting and true.

I truly believe the only reason for any defect, emotional, relational, or spiritual that we have is to keep us mindful continually of a God who loves us and gave himself for us.  Our human pride is easily stirred and is false, while humility is uplifting and true.

In my opinion, this person inside of you who knows all about you and everything you ever did that was negative, or did not turn out very well a.k.a. failures, speaks negativity to you on every possible occasion.  It is something we have to live with as humans.  As I have been reading books by Timothy Keller of New York not, Pennsylvania,(both are good) whom I think has a wonderful grasp on the gospel and the human condition and is able to describe it in an understandable way.  Through a better understanding of the gospel I’ve been given the freedom to look at idiot in a new way.

As I have been reading books by Timothy Keller of New York not, Pennsylvania,(both are good) whom I think has a wonderful grasp on the gospel and the human condition and is able to describe it in an understandable way.  Through a better understanding of the gospel, I’ve been introduced to the freedom to look at idiot in a new way.

As you can tell idiot is that part of you that condemns you.  In the room nobody else is condemning you they are saying you did a great job but there something inside of you still condemning you.  When things are going well it’s always whispering something’s going to go bad.

When things are going bad it really stands up and pipes up and gets loud and it expounds why you are so bad, worthless and you are the reason for all the problems that you’re experiencing.  I have yet to talk to a person that hasn’t had this experience at one time or another.

When you spend time with idiot usually come away very discouraged and disappointed in life, circumstance, and the frustration of not being able to find a way out of the situation.  A test I use in situations of life is this.  If it seems like blackmail or coercion and there’s no way around it and there is no escape from the trap.  Then I think it is some from Satan and his realm.  If there is a way of escape out of it and I can think of the way of escape I consider the problem to be God allowed.

God always makes a way of escape, Satan always likes entrapment.  The escape will not be doing something evil or wrong, but it might cause you to lose face or respect from somebody else from this world.  Yes, the way of escape will cost something.  It will also affirm God to you in a new way and his ability to see you through tough situations.

A couple operating rules with idiot I have used.  First of all, never, never, never, retreat from idiot as soon as you hear him dogging you turn your spirit and face idiot and approach idiot!  When you retreat from idiot the dogging lasts much longer and drags you down into deeper despair.

The next thing I would suggest to deal with idiot.  Always use your voice to talk over idiot.  Now what do you say to idiot?  You tell idiot everything’s going to be okay!  You tell idiot that idiot is loved.  You tell it that you love idiot, and you are convinced Jesus loves idiot and he has everything under control.  You tell idiot not only do you love them personally but you know that God loves idiot also.

Another thing to tell idiot as you deal with idiot.  It is not always going to be like this idiot there is hope and there is going to be a major change and you will be redeemed and all the problems you have in all the fears you try to generate inside of me are going to go away. The troubles you talk about are temporary, not eternal.

As you talk to idiot, idiot will begin to get quiet.  The dogging from idiot will stop.  Do your best not to let idiot talk why you are talking to idiot.  If idiot does speak continue to comfort and to throw as much grace and love as you possibly can muster on to idiot.

This learning process is not only good for idiot it is good for you.  Why is a good for you?  Because as you interact with idiot you are interacting with some of the lowest most deeply wrong parts of you.  Aso you learn to love those parts of you that are very wrong, out of place and out of sorts, your attitudes about love will begin to change to be more accurately aligned to what God’s standard of love is.

When you begin to love idiot you learn to love something that is unlovable.  Your love toward others will change and follow this pattern.  You know you’ve heard it, love others as you love yourself!  We all have ugly in is less the Bible is lying to me.  I have had people tell me that they did not have ugly in themselves to deal with.  Yet, I could see it dripping off of them as they walked and talked and dealt with other people and themselves.

As your love is realigned to God standard you be able to complete the one another commandments much more effectively.  Be kind and affectionate to one to another, seeing others as better than you, forgiving one another, and even more.

The tools to attack idiot with in no particular order: patients, kindness, grace, mercy, and love.  This is one occasion when the fruits of the spirit can be used to help you in a mighty way.  Give your fruit of your spirit to idiot.  It will comfort idiot and idiot will become less aggressive in your life.  Yes, God’s grace is real and works and some very nonconventional methods.

By the way, I have renamed my idiot that no longer call it idiot.  I did not like the word idiot so I renamed idiot to someone else.  You can do the same and you’re not calling the negative a negative but as you learn to love your idiot a name will come up and you will be able to use it.  Try not to pick a person’s name do you do not like.  Look up the meaning of names, what do you want your idiot to become?

Without a vision people perish.  Give your idiot a vision!

Stay in the battle,

Denny

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