Dealing With Discolor
Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you. Romans 12:2
Genesis 49:12 says of Judah His eyes are red from drinking wine. Addiction colors the thinking. Side-effect from dependencies can be many and varied, including discoloring of parts of the body, such as eyes that are red from drinking wine,fingers that are yellow from nicotine and arms that are black and blue from drug use. The stench of addictive practices can also become offensive.
In addiction we can suffer the consequences of continued use, oblivious to the harm we are causing ourselves and others.
Distortion of the mind by sinful indulgence is not always easily accepted. God promises in Isaiah 1:18 If we are wiling to sit down with Him “If your sins are blood-red, they’ll be snow-white. If they’re red like crimson, they’ll be like wool.” Isaiah 1:16 we should “Go home and wash up. Clean up our act. Sweep our lives clean of our evildoing’s. Say no to wrong.”
Not an easy process but a simple one ‘Let God Lead.’ Commit to doing whatever you need to do to let Him help you in becoming the person He is calling you to be.
What The Bible Says
Open up before God, keep nothing back; he’ll do whatever needs to be done. Trust Him from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for His voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all. Run to Him! Run from evil!
- Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask Him for what you need.
- Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do.
- It’s who you are and the way you live that count before God.
- Don’t be nitpickers; use your head–and heart!–to discern what is right, to test what is authentically right
Lord help me to become a whole person. Deal with my heart, mind, body, and soul to effectively release me from my past. Establish a new order through ‘fixing my attention on You‘ and changing me from the inside.