For the past few days, my head hasn’t been in a good place. I’ve been keeping myself pretty busy but subconsciously I’ve been bothered by something that I really couldn’t put my finger on until I sat down to write this. It’s really been bothering me that I’m getting older. My birthday is this summer, I’ll be 27, and I feel like I’ve wasted so much time. I torture myself in my head about how much I have yet to accomplish. I haven’t made the films I thought I would have by now. I haven’t traveled the places I thought I would have by now. I just haven’t impacted the world like I thought I would have by now.
These thoughts have been flooding my mind, causing me to feel lethargic. It began to get hard for me to get out of bed. I felt so exhausted by the large amount of ideas I felt inspired to do and the pressure I put on myself to actually execute them. I got myself so worked up to do so many things that I ended up doing absolutely nothing. It’s kind of like when you slam your foot on the gas petal only to realize you still have your car in park. All that build up only led to more frustration.
Before I knew it I had filled my mind up with so many bad thoughts about all the things “wrong” with me, there was no room for any good in my mind. It caused me to lose my zeal. And it’s crazy how subconscious it was for me. I thought I was fine but once I noticed myself getting frustrated off small and stupid things, I knew something was wrong…but it was already too late. The bad thoughts had already made its self at home in my spirit.
There wasn’t a meme in the world that could encourage me in a time like this. I needed something to change my mind. Something to put my mind back in a healthy place. My cousin began to send me scriptures and that began the process. I was reminded that out of all the great things God has ever done for me, changing my mind was the greatest miracle of all time. The perspective he opened my eyes to, changed my life. I needed this transformation again so I prayed and opened my bible.
As believers, we have to learn how to tame these busy minds of ours. We can’t be lazy. We have to have no chill. For the things we rehearse in our minds play out in our lives.
Proverbs 23:7 For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
Proverbs 4:23 Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life.
It’s ALL in your head
Let’s read a bit from 2 Corinthians, (Paul’s second letter to the Corinthians).
2 Corinthians 10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: 4 (For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)
First off we have to acknowledge it for what it is. The symptoms maybe physical but the illness is mental (spiritual). When we find ourselves being irritable. When our words aren’t encouraging. When we feel lazy and unenthused about our faith or life in general, we MUST realize it’s spiritual. The fight to keep our faith is a daily battle. I’ve seen far too many believers excited, speaking in tongues one day all to end up crazy and faithless the next day. As fast as our faith changed our lives we can just as quickly lose it. We can’t embrace any thoughts that contradict our faith.
James 1:23 For anyone who hears the word but does not carry it out is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror, 24 and after observing himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like
Even as a born and raised church kid, there are moments I remember being so far from God I couldn’t remember one scripture to save my life. The upkeep of our faith has to be vigorious. I have to stay in my word. I have to surround myself with people that build my faith.
2 Corinthians 10:5 Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ;
- throw forcefully in a specified direction.
- cause to appear on a surface.
We have to cast down those thoughts, in real-time. We can’t wait until the end of the day, we can’t wait until our lunch break. I don’t care if I have to call out of work, if I have to miss a deadline, it doesn’t matter. Those things can’t save me, therefore those things can’t keep me from taking the time I need to get my spirit right. I cut stuff off and get in my word. I fall to my knees to pray.
Ease your Mind
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.
Anxiety comes from feeling out of control and as believers we are out of control. Therefore we are very susceptible to anxiety. But we have to remember who is in control. When we become too familiar with OUR problems, OUR issues, OUR insecurities we put OUR faith in those things. We EXALT them higher than our knowledge of God. We have to make ourselves familiar to God again. Familiar to the things he can do. Familiar to what he’s done for us in the past. Trust that peace he gave us the last time and the time before that he can and will give again.
Luke 22:32 But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.
Jesus prayed for Peter. Jesus understood though Peter’s faith faltered, it wouldn’t fail. We have to have people in our lives who will have this type of foresight. People who will pray for us. People who won’t just sit around and listen to us fuss and complain about something with out counteracting it with some prayer and words of encouragement.
All in all, We have to constantly audit our minds and make sure we cast down any thoughts that contradict our faith. Our lives can’t be about going from one suffering to the next suffering, one happy moment to the next happy moment. There has to be a constant engagement with the God we say we believe in. If we abandon our faith when we need it most we miss out on the whole point of having it.
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Update** Check out Ep 3 of #realchurchmatters where we discuss this Taming the Mind topic.