Do you wake with the same fears you went to bed with? Are you weighed down in mind and body? If so, you are not alone as I am seeing the number climb; of people being held down or held back by worry, fear, stress, fatigue and lack of peace.
2 Timothy 1:7 ” For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”
Wait a minute… God didn’t give us the spirit of fear so where did it come from? God gave us the spirit of power, love and a sound mind.
1 John 4:8 “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.”
John 10:10 “The thief cometh not but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy; I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.” (Jesus speaking)
If you are waking with the same fears you went to sleep with; then you don’t hold a sound mind. This means your mind is undisciplined. In order to be fearless, we must hold self discipline.
Proverbs 23:7 Reminds us that the way we think is how we are. This means if you hold fearful thoughts you are walking around afraid. Something is scaring you but it started in your thoughts. This is a reason people tend to have anxiety attacks or sleepless nights. The thoughts rolling around in their mind is preventing them from living that abundant life. They become disabled by fear. They wake the next morning feeling exhausted due to lack of sleep; which intensifies the fears from the day prior. Let’s break this down better… Without proper rest, the mind and body can’t function properly. If your mind and body can’t function properly you may find yourself walking in circles or holding brain fog and feeling sensitive to anyone and everything around you. This type of unrest can cause a person to lose any type of logic which then begins affecting every aspect of their life. They struggle getting out of bed, facing the day, going to work, trying to keep their composure, relationships begin dissolving and pain sets in the body. What began as a small fear turned into something that is life altering. Most people who fear are fearing something that might happen but most of the things they feared would happen; never happen at all… If your mind kept your body up then this is your first indication your mind was left undisciplined. An undisciplined mind can have people become the James 1:8 person… ( Double-minded and unstable in all their ways.)
To allow our thoughts to roam freely gives us the reward of being emotionally unstable. This means our emotions will fluctuate or be all over the place. Our emotions are fleeing. They shift quickly depending on which thought we are thinking on at the moment… Guess what? Sometimes, … Our thoughts are not our own… This is the reason we are told in 2 Corinthians 10:5 to hold our thoughts in captivity for a time. (this time allows us to discern if that thought aligns with God’s word or goes against it.) Some of you are thinking, “well my thoughts are quick I can’t just hold every thought captive like you are suggesting. That is impossible.” ( My friend, I’m not suggesting… I’m sharing a command we are to follow that is found in 2 Corinthians. ) I understand thinking how impossible this all sounds as I too have walked in your shoes; but it is possible because God is the one who left the instructions to follow… He tells us in 1 Peter 5:7 To cast our cares which means our thoughts, concerns, worries, fears, wants, needs, desires, troubles, or anything that keeps twirling in our minds keeping us in turmoil…
When we hold onto our thoughts and emotions we unknowingly lean on our own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 is our reminder to lean on God not our own understanding. See, our understanding only reaches as far as our perception… This means, what we have been exposed too determines our outlook on most everything. (not all of us were exposed to the right things; which means our perception may not be accurate.) This creates an opening in our minds for the devil to use as a playground…
If you are tired of being tired then stop doing things as you always have. This means, the things you have tried to rid yourself of such as fear , anger, sorrow or whatever you have twirling in your mind is not working; because if it was you would not still be bound by fear and emotions. So why not try a different method?
Demand self discipline of yourself in one area today and let that area be your mind. Begin with holding every thought suspect. This means don’t trust any thought you have hold it in captivity before you decide to entertain that thought. If that thought doesn’t align with God’s word then refuse to entertain something that goes against him. If it goes against him then it wasn’t a thought he held for you… If you are a child of God struggling with thoughts of fears or emotions that are out of control; the devil may be using your mind as his playground. Self discipline in the mind reads like this… “DEVIL, NO TRESPASSING! “
Robin Worgull Author of The Conflict Within and The Right- Minded Woman