“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 4:6-7 NLT
Come to the quiet. Slow down. Sit for awhile. I know it’s not quiet inside your head. The thoughts, the what-ifs, create anxiety and fear that threaten to unravel the fabric of your sanity.
I know I’ve been there. I’ve felt the all consuming thoughts, pain and feeling that if someone were to grab that one thread and pull I would completely unravel into a pile on the floor.
This is actually the sharpest, most effective tool Satan has in his tool belt, and he’s equipped every demonic spirit with knowledge and skill. Could it be that hell’s host is more adept and committed to discipleship?
We, the Church, better get our eyes fixed on Jesus, strip off these things that bind and hinder, and get busy teaching and encouraging the next generation.
Satan and his demons are torturing the majority of humanity with what-ifs that will probably never happen, but will keep us spinning and grabbing for control until that one thread loosens and we completely unravel in despair and hopelessness. He might not own my soul, but he certainly would love to have me despondent and useless for propagating God’s kingdom on earth.
So what do we do?
1. Make a choice. There’s only two options. I think we call that binary now. We can choose God’s way, which will entail intentional denial of our flesh, or we can chose the way of His enemy, Satan, which feeds our unsanctified flesh. For peace and resilience, choose God’s way.
2. Talk to God. Again, there are choices. We can bring all of our thoughts, willful tendencies, and emotions to God, or we can take them to our circle of human influence. We can gain our perspective from God, who is all knowing, all sufficient, all powerful, and who will reign forever victorious for eternity. Or, we can spin in the mud pit of human opinion, conjecture, and negative propaganda that only intends to take us out of commission. For a victorious perspective, talk to God and listen to what He wants you to know.
3. Walk in His Wisdom. If you’ve stuck with me this far, go back to Philippians 4:6-7 at the top and re-read God’s instructions to us. Our Father doesn’t want us to be anxious about anything. He wants us to come to Him and talk to Him about everything. And He wants us to be grateful for all He is and does for us. Most of all He wants to give us His peace. Our Heavenly Father offers us a peace that is beyond our comprehension, and un-earthly. We won’t find this peace in the media or from our friends or family or through work or even nature. Choose God’s peace because with it He will guard your mind and your heart in Christ Jesus.
Come, friend, bring your noisy mind, and jittery nerves, and loose threads to the quiet. Fix your eyes on Jesus and talk to Him, unfiltered. Let go. Unleash. And breathe. Then sit in the quiet space and listen for His whispers. He who made you in your mother’s womb holds every thread and knows what you need.
Eyes on Jesus and Shine,
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