I'm always thinking, and often I'm not even aware of what exactly I'm thinking about. And often, I think of myself in a negative emotional state. I'm thinking of debt, bad decisions, an employee not doing something I told them to, and the thoughts go on and on.
I’ll be the first to admit that it takes me a while to snap out of whatever negative emotion I’m experiencing. However, in studying about being present and in tune with my Spirit, if I backtrack and discover what the original thought was, I can always find that the thoughts are not from God.
The idea of operating from the Spirit is to manage somehow to live in the present and not worry about our businesses’ past or future.
However, pain, loss, and regret are still very real feelings that happen in present moments along our entrepreneurial journey. Is suffering some kind of message from our Spirit? And, how do we deal with emotional suffering?
Enter the Devil.
The Devil is known as ‘The Father of Lies.’ (John 8:44) He is incapable of speaking the truth, and his mission is to distort the truth about our day-to-day duties and responsibilities in business and convince us that his distortion is true.
Pain is nothing more than the enemy inside our heads shining a bright light on external things that we (supposedly) cannot change. We experience pain when we are unsatisfied with how things are yet are convinced that we are not powerful enough to change. The enemy thus manifests himself, on an emotional level, as a NEGATIVE feeling.
I have come to realize along my entrepreneurial journey that when I find myself in the state of being overcome by negative emotion, it’s almost always because I’m thinking of and believing the Devil’s lies.
The Bible says
Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8)