Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.
And the peace of God which all comprehension will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
God is in complete control and we must decide to believe that. We cannot allow the devil to control our minds any longer. Choose to use your mind for God.
This morning I am struggling with discouragement. I woke up thinking about the fact that I have no money in the bank or in my wallet, I will not get paid again until the 15th, and all my bills are past due with more coming. My daughter has been unable to find a job even after hundreds of applications and she is suffering from debilitatin headaches. She has no health insurance and with no money I have been unable to take her to the doctor. Somehow I will have to find a way soon before it gets any worse. These things are what I struggle with most. These are my thoughts. I must determine today to replace them with the word of God.
Why are you in despair, O my soul? and why have you become disturbed within me? Hope in God, for I shall again praise Him for the help of His presence.
I think this may be my scripture for a while. I will write it and post it on my computer at work and I will read it and speak it often.
Deuteronomy 7:22 The LORD your God will clear away theses nations before you little by little; you will not be able to put an end to them quickly, for the wild beasts would grow too numerous for you.
The renewing of our minds will take place little by little. Pride may be one of the “beasts” that will consume us if we receive too much freedom too quickly.
I Peter 5:10 After you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who called you according to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strenthen, and establish you.
Many times suffering precedes liberation. This may be so that God can grow our faith in Him. It may also make us grateful when the liberation does finally come. We can thank God for every victory.
Galations 6:9 – Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
Isaiah43:2 – When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, nor will the flame burn you.
Habakkuk 3:19 – The Lord God is my strength, and He has made my feet like hinds’ feet, and makes me walk in my high places.
The way God helps us make spiritual progress is by being with us to strenthen us and encourage us to “keep on keeping on” in rough times.
As Joyce says, “It is easyto quit, it takes faith to go through”.
The Choice is Mine
Deuteronomy 30:19 – I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants.
After we have finally decided to be like-minded with God, then we will need to choose and to continue to choose right thoughts.
Proverbs 18:21 – Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.
Our thoughts become our words. It is vitally important that we choose life generating thoughts. When we do, the right words will follow.
We need to ask God to renew our minds and to help us learn to choose our thoughts wisely and carefully. Do not quit and give up until the victory is complete. Let us take possession of our rightful inheritance.
Today I learned that right thinking is a vital necessity. A vital necessity is something that is so important that on simply cannot live without it. Proverbs 23:7 states, “For as he thinks within himself, so he is”. I cannot have a positive life and a negative mind. Matthew 12:33 says, “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad, for the tree is known by its fruit”. Thoughts bear fruit. If I spend all my time thinking bad thoughts, then my life will bear bad fruit. However, if I spend my time thinking good thoughts, my life will bear good fruit. I need to train myself to think and meditate on God’s word which is one of the weapons to fight this battle. I need to pray for God’s help in training myself because I cannot do it by determination alone. I need God’s help.
A few things I have learned already from Chapter 1 are that we are engaged in a war, it is a war against Satan, not other people, the mind is the battlefield upon which this war is waged, the devil works diligently to set up strongholds in our minds, the devil does this through strategy and deceit, and he is in no hurry.
I have started reading The Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer. I should say I am re-reading this book. I read it a few years ago as part of a Bible study group. I feel as if I need a refresher so I am going to be doing it as a study for myself. I will post things I learn here so that anybody who stumbles onto my blog may be helped as I hope to be helped. I struggle with many negative thoughts about me, my abilities, and my worthiness or lack thereof. I must learn to do as II Corinthians 10:5 says and “lead every thought and purpose away captive into the obedience of Christ (the Messiah, the Annointed One), Amplified Bible.