icubud (icubud) wrote,
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battle in the mind

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. 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.

(Philippians 4:6-9 KJV)

 

I don’t remember who actually called this part of the Scripture out to me, at the time I was reading a lot of AW Tozer, Vance Havner, & Martin Lloyd Jones. But when it did get in front me, boy did I ever need it. One of the worst characteristics I have is anxiety which quickly plunges me into depression. And I am not referring to feeling a little blue or in a funk, I am referencing months long depression. When I read and understood what these verses meant I then realized God had a remedy for my cycle and it is something I still use when the gears start churning.

 Often what anxiety is – is the worrying about something that has not happened but could happen or the fear of the what if. Also anxiety can start because of regret, guilt or fear of the unknown. It can also occur over what is going on. Focusing then on the truth of verses 8 &9:

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.


One has a filter for one’s thoughts to funnel through and if they (the thoughts) don’t meet the requirements of the filters then one can and should disregard the thought immediately and instead focus your thoughts on things that do pass the filter test. Another way that the Bible refers to this process is “renewing your mind”:

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

(Romans 12:2 KJV)

 

The battle in the mind is an ongoing, never ending battle that one’s spiritual strength can sway to victory instead of defeat. As Paul tells us in these verses, God does not have a prescription or a strategy for us that if we follow we can be successful and who wouldn’t want that?


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