“Don’t let the world around you squeeze you into its own mould.” Ro 12:2 PHPS
You determine the outcomes in your life, because God has given no one but you power over your options. When things aren’t working out for us, we often look elsewhere for the reason. Like Eve, we say, “The devil made me do it.” No, Jesus said, “I give unto you power…over all the power of the enemy” (Lk 10:19). Like Adam, we say, “Eve made me do it.” But the Psalmist says, “I trust God, so I am not afraid. What can human beings do to me?” (Ps 56:4 NCV). Sometimes we believe circumstances beyond our control are responsible. But with God “all things [including people and circumstances] work together for [our] good” (Ro 8:28)—not for our defeat! Your misbeliefs victimize you and predispose you to a lifestyle of trying to change people and circumstances. That’s like attempting to unscramble an egg. You become a blame-fixer instead of a problem-solver. Accept the truth that no matter what Satan, others, or circumstances do, God gives you the right to the last word in your life. “Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world” (1Jn 4:4). The outcome is not determined by what goes on around you, but by what goes on within you. “As he thinks in his heart, so is he” (Pr 23:7 NKJV). The Devil can only determine the outcome with your permission and cooperation—and you don’t have to give them! So believe in God’s ability to bring you triumphantly through this difficulty.