Thou Shalt Not: 5 things to avoid at all costs in the midst
of your wilderness experience
Article By Nyla Ortega
Posted April 7, 2017
When you are struggling, whether physically or spiritually, it can be easy to fall into despair. You can
get so lost in the darkness of your troubles that you forget about the light at the end of the tunnel.

Keeping God at the center of your life when your world seems to be falling apart can be difficult, so
here are 5 things
"thou shalt not" do when going through a wilderness experience

    1.Thou shalt not throw a pity party. When you feel as though life is treating you unfairly, you
    need to rework your perspective. If God allows you to go through something uncomfortable,
    trust that it is for a good reason. Don’t get so caught up in your own feelings that you get down
    on yourself, start believing God is against you and has forsaken you. Philippians 4:4 NIV says,
    “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” And yes, that means even in the rough
    times.

    2. Thou shalt not become a recluse. Whether you are fighting against an attack of the devil
    or an attack of the flesh, don’t fight by yourself. Form a group of believers. Get some
    accountability partners. We all need somebody. That may be your family members or your
    closest friends, but never go it alone. After all, 1 Corinthians 12:26 (ESV) says, “If one member
    suffers, all suffer together; if one member is honored, all rejoice together.” Have people there
    who will declare victory over your situation when you are at your wits’ end.

    3.Thou shalt not welcome negativity. This piggy-backs on #2. When choosing who to be in
    community with, be sure to avoid any negative influences that could further complicate your
    mood or circumstance. Don’t hang around negative-nancies who tell you you’ll never win, and
    that it isn’t worth the fight. Surround yourself with those who are believing God to bring you
    through.

    4. Thou shalt not quit praying. 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “pray without ceasing.” When
    it seems as though life is conspiring against you and planning your demise, your first instinct
    should be to pray. Prayer is how we communicate with the Father, thanking him for our triumphs
    and asking Him to guide us through our trials, and ultimately lead us to victory.


    5.Thou shalt not stop speaking the Word. Psalm 119:172 (NIV) reads, “May my tongue sing
    of your word, for all your commands are righteous.” Let God’s words always be on your lips and
    ever in your heart. The word of God never loses its truth, even when we feel that it is has no
    perceivable impact on our lives. The Bible always makes a difference. It gives us words of
    healing, truth, love, wisdom and peace. God always has something to say, or a story to tell that
    can benefit us in our day-to-day lives. Read your Word, speak it, and believe it!

If you’re going through a season of difficulty today, be sure to avoid these 5 pitfalls. If you do, God will
strengthen you in your current season as you’re on your way to your new season.

Things will get better!

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