One of my mentors once said that there is a great difference between resisting evil and renouncing it. How true! Because I have come to realise that what you resist persits.
Remember Job? He said that what he feared had come upon him. He feared and resisted poverty and hard life so much that it eventually came upon him. From experience when you try to resist something, you tend to pay too much attention to it- glorifying and recognising its existence, and as such giving it so much room to dominate your life and linger for so so long. But when you renounce something- you have declared your total victory over it! That is the result of controlling your imagination! The only reality is what you choose to see or believe!
When you renounce evil, you take your attention from it and give your attention to what is absolutely right! When you renounce poverty, you take your attention from it and give your total attention to who GOD has destined you to be! Because it is only GOD who fully recognises the miracles we possess!
You give beauty for ashes when you focus your attention on things as you would like them to be, rather than on things as they are.
You give joy for mourning when you maintain a joyous, happyattitude regardless of whatever unfavorable situation you might be going through!
Give praise for the spirit of heaviness when you maintain a confident and grateful attitude, instead of giving in to despair!