Sunday, January 12, 2014

Be of Sound Mind

Do not worry! Do you have anxious thoughts or are you easily worried? I'm not sure if it is normal for most. But I do know that it is not what God has called us to. 

What does the Bible says about worry... 

Proverbs 12:25 Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. 

Matthew 6:25-33 “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 

I know personally there are times when my thoughts can carry me away. One small pin prick of doubt or concern can very quickly become a cause of anxiety. 

Say for example if my dear hubby is running 40 minutes late and doesn't call to let me know because his mobile phone has a flat battery... This could well tumbleweed out of control with one little tinkering seed of doubt from the enemy. Then the thoughtful questions; where is he? How come he didn't call? Maybe there's been an accident? 

Or maybe for you it's more... Checking your bank account and you've only got $45 left till payday. With the questions; what am I going to do? How did this happen? How will we get by? How am I going to afford everything? 

That's when you need to get a grip! Take back control by the Spirit. Pray. Flick the devil away like the dirty rotten fly he is. Then say to the mind -- mind get in line with the Spirit (aka the Spirit of God). Then you will experience His peace and a sound mind. 

Philippians 4:6-7 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. 

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 

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