How is your thought life? How much of your mental energy is directed toward things you cannot control? Much of our worry, anger, and even depression stem from dwelling upon situations which are beyond our control. Faith in God requires that we redirect our thoughts toward things we can control.
What should we do instead of worrying?
1. Pray often with a spirit of thankfulness for what you “do” have!
Phil. 4:6-9 “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.“
2. Choose Biblical thoughts, thoughts that focus on God’s ability to supply rather than your needs.
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.”
LESSON - If you do these things, in both settings God has promised to provide what you really need, PEACE!! Living life while facing the reality that He is in control is the most freeing experience. Notice Paul’s attitude as a result of living this way:
V4 “Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice.”
V12-13 “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”
V19-20 “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Now unto God and our Father be glory for ever and ever. Amen.”
If he can live like this, so can we! The solution to most of our problems lies between our ears. Change your thoughts, change your life!