Return to Sender

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In middle school, I discovered an ad for a “free book”Excited, I filled out the information and awaited its arrival.


Turned out, it wasn’t that great of a book and I don’t think I even finished it.


The following month – you guessed it, another book arrived addressed to me. In my ignorance, I opened it, glad to have received something in the mail. Yet, nestled among the packing was a bill for this unsolicited book. Not only was it a genre I wouldn’t read, I now owed the company more than if I had bought a book of my choice in the bookstore.


Of course, my mom saw what was happening and showed me a simple procedure. I just bundled up the unread book and sent it back to the company. The postage came out of my allowance, which hurt just enough to teach me that “free offers” usually aren’t.


Mom also showed me that when the next one came; I could simply refuse it from the postman. Within a few books, the company stopped sending them altogether.


I wish I was this wise with my thought life. After all, the evil one is always dropping unsolicited unbelief in the mailbox of my mind. Does that ever happen to you? 


“God says that He really loves me, but then again, how can He with how I acted today?”


“God says that He will never leave me or forsake me, but my emotions are kinda feeling opposite from that right now. I think how that I feel makes more sense that what God says.” 


Why do we even allow thoughts of doubt to come through the door of our lives? Why don’t we recognize them for what they are, and refuse to entertain them? Why do we think we must take them in to feed and pamper?


It really makes no sense.


God, who cannot lie, promises (Titus 1:2):


  • to accomplish and complete anything that concerns His children (Psalm 138:8).


  • to come to our aid and literally show us how to get out of temptation (Hebrews 2:18; 1 Corinthians 10:13).


  • to be greater than our emotions, our fears, our enemies, our finances and our circumstances (1 John 4:4).


  • that we have peace with Him (Romans 5:1).


  • to open our eyes to see ourselves anew and find peace with our own past (Isaiah 43:18-19).


We should be running hard toward such promises!


Let’s do so starting now.


Receive only what His Holy Postman sends. Refuse everything else and return it to the sender. (You have to be consistent to finally get him to stop the junk mail).


What will you refuse delivery on today?


prayer against negative thoughts