I am stepping out of that crazy cycle for 2 reasons…
- God has healed me of this. If my story can help anyone – I want to make it available for God to use.
- The enemy likes to take anything we hide (weather it is bad or just embarrassing) and make it public in a hurtful way. So I like to live without that “mask” to give him less to hurt me with. My life is filled with landmines he would like to set off and destroy me with… but I try to lable them and point them out before he gets there… plus, when I acknowledge them – it allows God to heal them and use them to help others.
“2 But there is nothing covered up that will not be revealed, and hidden that will not be known. 3 Accordingly, whatever you have said in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in the inner rooms will be proclaimed upon the housetops” (Luke 12:2-3 NASB).
I was sure I would be this way for the rest of my life.
“6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. 7 And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus…” (Philippians 4:6-9 NASB).
I heard Pastor James Macdonald teach on this many years ago and it literally transformed my life. I mean seriously, does the Bible really tell us how to get rid of this anxiety? I can’t say it goes 100% away, but I learned that the battle is won or lost in my thoughts. I can change the outcome. I just have to get my thinking to line up with Philippians 4.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things. 9 The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:6-9 NASB).
Each of those 8 words has a specific meaning and application for our minds. I will walk through each of them and give examples of how I have used this to Take Captive the wrong thoughts (I imagine a sort of trash shoot in my mind that I push that bad thought through) and replace it with a right kind of thought.
It has truly changed my life and my relationships which were always in drama and chaos… because of me mostly 🙁 Now they are health-ier. I’m not perfect… ask anyone who knows me 😕 . But I am better!!!!! Praise the Lord for that.
I couldn’t find Pastor Macdonalds sermon, but he has posted about it since. “Out with the Bad – In with the Good”. Check it out here.
Ps… You are in the middle of a series on Peace of Mind. To read the first post, click here “A Piece of my Mind or Peace of Mind”
We will look “True Thoughts” next 😉