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Scripture: 2 Samuel 13: 4. And he said unto him, Why art thou, being the king’s son, lean from day to day? wilt thou not tell me? And Amnon said unto him, I love Tamar, my brother Absalom’s sister.

Beloved, I welcome you to another Moment of Daily Encounter! We shall continue what we started yesterday about psychological rest. We did establish that it is the rest that deals with the mind. We did say that the mind is made up of conscience, emotions and reasoning faculty.

Today, we shall be considering the causes of restlessness/battles of the mind and possible solutions.

What are the causes of the restlessness of the mind?

1. Lust(1Jn.2:15): One of the causes of emotional problem is lust. Be it lust of the flesh or lust of the eyes, it is destructive to our soul. For example a young man who has lust for money will definitely steal, maim or do rituals just to get money by all means:

1 Timothy 6: 9. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

From our anchor scripture, we see another example, Amnon who was lusting after Tamar his half sister, he ended up raping her after several days of emotional torture (2Sam.13:1-14).

The lust led to infatuation, which he called love that kept him in a sickly state and that led him to violate his sister sexually.

Beloved, are you currently suffering from emotional torture and you called it love, please check again, what is tormenting you could be lust. And if you discover lust in your life in any capacity be it lust for power, fame, money, sex etc, God has the cure!

2.. When expectation is dashed: In many occasions, we put our trust in man rather than God and when they finally betray our trust, we feel pain. Some have even died because of such betrayal. I have a daughter who shared her experience with me along this line.

She invested her savings on a supposed husband with the intention that after the guy would have travelled abroad, she will join him later. But to her utmost surprise, when this guy travelled abroad, he changed his contact such that she could not trace him again.

She cried and went to her father-in-law but there was no way she could relate with the supposed husband. That was the end of the marriage.

Beloved, have you been backstabbed like the story above? Probably you trained a girl in school with the intention to marrying her and after training her, she left you, leaving your life shattered. Did you put in so much in your exams or business and it failed?

Or you invested in your children and they turned their backs on you? Oh you were cheated by your most trusted friend etc.

Please it is time to arise from the ashes of your past. Emotional hurt does not have a drug for cure but God has a solution for you in His word. This is why God said:

Matthew 11: 28. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

What are the ways to rest?

1. You must be born again(Jn.3:3-5, Matt.11:28).

2. You must be transformed:

Romans 12: 2. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

Besides being born again, transformation of your mind with the agency of the word of God must be a continuous process. Otherwise, you can be born again and still be battling with lust.

3. Put your trust in God alone:

Jeremiah 17: 7. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is. 9. The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

4. Expect men to disappoint you at any time. That way, you can prepare your mind so that you don’t get wounded every time

Jeremiah 17: 5. Thus saith the LORD; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the LORD.

Remember this: Heaven is real and hell is real. The decision to spend eternity with God begins now. Give your heart to Jesus today.

Prophetic Declaration:

– I declare you will not be victim of emotional torture in the name of Jesus.
– Wherever you are hurting emotionally, the balm of Gilead is healing you right now in the name of Jesus.

From your brother Alex
God bless you.

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