Make the Word of God personal: God so loved “me”. The first key is that God has given you authority over your emotions. God wants us to use our emotions for His glory. If you blame other people for your life, you’ve locked yourself in, and you will never change. The other person and you are both victims. (Deuteronomy 28; 2 Timothy 3:2) Thankfulness is a big deal to God. You are not a byproduct of your circumstances. Instead of praying for God to change your circumstances, God wants you to change in those circumstances. God uses the rough times of our lives to develop our character, our love level, and our integrity. How is your heart? You can take charge of your heart, your emotions. Remember the Word of God, and you can be cheerful all the time. The Word can become you. Hearing the truth can be hard. Let not your heart be troubled (John 14:1). Emotions follow what you’re thinking. Your emotions are controlled 100% by what you think. Unpleasant tasks and daily drudgery can still bring joy (2 Corinthians 4:17-18). It’s the little things in life that map out your destiny and develop your character. Do your job with all excellence and as unto the Lord. God is building you for something greater. Circumstances come and go. People are not the problem (Ephesians6:12). Our battle is not with people or with ourselves. Satan is your problem in other people and in yourself and in circumstances. Jesus is the problem-solver. You can love the person who has hurt you. Generational curses can come down, but you can rebuke whatever spirit came through the blood-line. Cast it out of you and don’t let that function in you. Other people have to seek for deliverance and healing for themselves. Plant seeds in your life that will give a harvest of God. You’re the master of your emotions. Speak to yourself (Philippians 4:4; Matthew 11:12). No one can take your joy. You give it away. Temptation is not sin (James 1:13-15). Temptation is hearing something from the enemy, usually accusation, accusing you or accusing someone to you. Sin is when you talk about what you were tempted with. Every man is tempted 1) when he is drawn away by his own desires and 2) enticed, then 3) when lust has conceived (in your heart) it 4) brings forth sin, and sin 5) brings forth death. Lust is enticement, a pressure, a strong desire. Lust is our wanting something that is anti-God. Sin is always emotional. This is the progression of how your emotions get out-of-whack. Sin is not smart. Your emotions are the drivers of your actions. God gave us imagination, the creative part of our minds, to be used for Him. Imagination is the power to form images, to envision, to visualize. You can’t get anything from God that you can’t visualize in the spirit. Use your imagination and be specific with God and be detailed in the visualization of what you want to be. Satan tries to counterfeit what God does in our imagination. There are bad imaginations. We are to take every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God and bring every thought into captivity to the obedience of God (2 Corinthians 10:4-5). A stronghold is like having ruts and grooves in your brain. Fear is a demonic spirit, which is the opposite of faith. Satan reinforces a fear in your life to where it becomes a memory, a ridge in your mind. The memory of a fear is just as real as the real thing you’re afraid of. People often are afraid of things, but don’t know why. It’s in their brain as a memory. You have to do something about a memory of a fear. The love of God casts out all fear. Ask God to help you love other people, and you won’t have fear. Strongholds stop the work of God. We have to cast down imaginations against God. You need to say, “You will not have dominion over me. I am a conqueror. I am the head and not the tail.”You have to cast it down for yourself. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life- is not of the Father, but is of the world (1 John 2:16). Imaginations are seeds and can grow and control all the areas of your life. Take care of problems at seed-level. Deal with your problems. Don’t give Satan an inch. The key to casting down imaginations and controlling emotions: 1) Matthew 6:31 -33 We never accept a thought until we speak it. James 4:6-7 Submit to God. Resist the devil, and he must flee. God extends His grace and mercy to us when we admit that we’ve blown it and are humble. 2) Matthew 4:1-11 Jesus came against the enemy when He said, “It is written.” Speak the Word of God aloud. 3) Take personal responsibility. You master your own emotions. You choose to be in joy and to love. You can be powerful if you choose to walk in the God-kind of love to those who don’t love you. We overcome the devil by the blood of Jesus and by the word of our testimony, and not loving our lives to the death (Revelation 12:11). You’re not looking for someone to love you first or to pat you on the back. Forgiveness is a principle of heaven (Mark11:25). Forgive the sin in the other person and love the person.