it’s in your mind…NOT your circumstances

I went to post a little thought on my Facebook page. Then I got a bit anointed. :) So I figured I’d jump over here and lock it into place for future reference…

Our mind is the ONE place where faith fights the hardest to win.

“We canNOT walk in the Spirit and be led by emotions. Emotions will not go away, but we can learn to manage them. Emotions urge us toward haste. What we all need to do is develop the capacity to back away and view our situation from GOD’S perspective. We need to be able to make decisions based on what we KNOW rather than on what we feel. Emotions are our greatest enemy.” {Managing Your Emotions, Joyce Meyer, emphasis mine}

Just yesterday my emotions took a roller-coaster ride for a while all day. Ironically, my situation hadn’t changed one bit, but in my mind my thoughts raced from peace to panic.

You catch what I just realized?

My thoughts went crazy even though my situation had not changed one teeny-tiny bit. The same situation I woke up in was the very same situation I went to bed in. And while I started out feeling peace, I ended by feeling weary. And yet nothing had changed.

So this morning when I read what Joyce Meyers said, the truth dawned on me – the battle yesterday was in my mind, not in my circumstances. Paul said in Philippians 4:11, ‘I have learned to be content’. ‘Learned’ means it was something that didn’t come naturally to him. It required intentional and focused effort and hard work.

As for today, my situation – again – may not change, but I’m going to be more conscious of the battle being fought in my mind and direct my thoughts toward hope in God. {Because, Lord knows, my thoughts sure won’t go there on their own!}

“You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are STEADFAST, because they trust in you.” {Isaiah 26:3}

Another translation: “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are FIXED on you!”

Notice the key words in those different versions? Steadfast and fixed. That means – they don’t waver, budge, or change. They are solid, firm, and locked-in no matter what happens around you.

How about your thoughts and emotions today? Can you say they are fixed and steadfast on God? Or are you allowing them to lead you around the ring like a horse on a bridle? Either YOU are in charge of your thoughts and emotions or your thoughts and emotions are in charge of you. Like it or not.

And the crazy part is: The one who gets to make that decision is you. You can either follow God and be going crazy in your mind -OR- you can follow Him in peace and rest no matter how wicked the storm gets. The battle is in your mind; NOT in your circumstances.

Because with just ONE word God can bring instant peace to whatever is going on in your life. But maybe – just maybe – He’s just trying to train your mind {much like a muscle during a workout} to where it should be: steadfast and fixed on Him….at ALL times. Not just in the good, but also in what looks to be bad.

So today’s mission: Grab your thoughts and emotions by the collar and order them to ‘get behind you’. {Besides, isn’t that where the enemy is supposed to be anyway…? Hello.} “Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the concerns of God, but merely human concerns.” {Matthew 16:23}

It’s not just a matter of ‘positive thinking’ but rather of controlled, purposeful thinking. As the robot in AstroBoy said, “I’m thinking, I’m thinking…I’m definitely thinking.”

Oh, yes. You certainly are. However…

Who’s running your world today? Your emotions and thoughts…or God?

Because it can’t be both at the same time.

{Image courtesy of Flickr}

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I'm a stay-at-home wife, mom, and blogger. I love spending time with my family and enjoy sharing things I learn each day with them. Maybe something said here will help you along your way! God bless...
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