What’s on Your Mind?

With the world constantly changing, and alarming news being pumped out to us via television, computers and cell phones around the clock, it’s no wonder that we feel so tired and overwhelmed all of the time. According to Medical News Today, “Mental exhaustion can affect physical well-being, causing a person to feel physically exhausted.” So, how do we find peace and serenity in all our daily stress?

Proverbs 23:7 says, “For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.” Our actions are a direct result of our thoughts. What we do and how we react to the world around us starts with what we are thinking about. We need to know that there is a battle going on for the control of our mind. The Apostle Paul in his letter to the Ephesians writes, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms,” (Ephesians 6:12). Christ gained complete victory over sin, death and Satan through His death, burial and resurrection. When we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, our minds are no longer controlled by darkness. We gain freedom from negative thoughts.

The Bible tells us to have “the mind of Christ.” God designed us to have freedom of thought. John 8:31-32 says, “If you abide in my word, you are truly my disciples. And you will know the Truth, and the Truth will set you free.” Reading the Bible daily sets our mind on positive thoughts. Psalms 3:3 says, “But You, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high.” Psalms 143 instructs us to be vigilant to not let depression fill our thoughts. If we feel darkness then ask God for help. Meditating on the Word of God and singing praises to Him clears out dark, unwanted thoughts.

Philippians 4:6 shows us that anxiety and wrong thinking is not a new problem in society. The Apostle Paul writes to the believers in Philippi, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” He explains that we can speak directly to God through prayer. Prayer is the method of communication between man and God. Petitions (or “supplications”) can be described as pleading humbly. It’s important to note here that there is no one, right way to pray. Don’t get hung up on the delivery—just lift up your prayers and be blessed.

Paul goes on to say in verse 7, “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” When you choose prayer, and trust during times of anxiety and stress, he explains that you will experience the “peace of God” that is supernatural and unexplainable.

Verse 8 says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” God is inviting you into a relationship with Him (John 3:16). As the world continues to produce stress and grief in your daily life, just know that “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8) Ditch the exhaustion of the world and trade it in for a mind that is refreshed and filled with God’s spiritual peace.

Prays Together is a rotating faith-based commentary and advice column among the pastors, and guest laypeople, of area churches. 

This column is not a news article but the opinion of the writer and does not reflect the views of The Sun-Gazette newspaper.

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