(July Newsletter, 2021)

Sometimes our thoughts get the better of us.  Some people get stuck on certain thoughts, or memories that haunt them.  Others are plagued with anxious thoughts that are very vague and non-specific, but will not allow them to sleep or to find peace.  God cares about your thoughts and will give you greater control over your thoughts.

The Bible has a lot to say about our thoughts!

II Corinthians 10:5, “We are destroying speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought captive to the obedience of Christ.”

I find a lot of comfort in this passage.  Jesus told us that if we ask anything in His name, that is according to the will of God, it will be granted to us!  Here we are told that it is God’s will for us to be in control of our thoughts.  Certainly, He will bless us if we seek his help.

I must be honest with you.  Learning to control your thoughts is not easy.  It requires a lot of work. But being able to experience the peace of God is worth a lot of work.  Being able to calm our thoughts and enjoy a good night’s sleep is a great blessing.

Philippians 4:6-7, “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 surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

I have, at times, found this passage to be annoying.  The command, “Be anxious for nothing”, sometimes seems beyond my ability.  Easy to say; extremely hard to actually do.  But when I studied this passage, I found it is more of a promise than a command.  In Christ it is possible to put anxiety aside, it is possible to find peace.  Oh, the enemies of our soul – the world, the flesh, and the devil – will work very hard to keep our hearts trapped in anxiety, to rob us of our birthright – the peace of God.  But it is a battle we can win.

If you wrestle with this problem, please give us a call.  Allow us to help you find God’s answers to the anxiety, worry, and thoughts that control you.

Remember Jesus’ promise to us, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.”  John 14:27