6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.8 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.
Yesterday we talked about how we CAN control our emotions. Today we are continuing that mindset and and showing the other side of that process. If you missed yesterdays definitely go back and read it 🙂
Verse 6 says Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. So, if we know that God provides peace and comfort (last few devotions) where does this anxiety stem from? Well, unfortunately the fact that we can change our emotions means they are something that are extremely plastic or easily changed and Satan knows that. He knows he can manipulate your experience of God through manipulating your emotions. You may just be learning that you can control your emotions, that they are not truth. Yet Satan has been manipulating and playing with your emotions for years.
He pulls your eyes towards the things in your life that are challenging. He points out the brokenness and hurting. He shoves in your face the things you’re not sure about. He wants you to take your eyes off of Christ like Peter when he was walking on the water because he knows that if he can sway your eyes. If he can cast a fog between you and the power. If he can assure your gaze does not stay transfixed on Christ he can ruin your experience of God now. He can essentially lay waste to your relationship because he can convince YOU to curse God.
Satan wants to distract you and cause you to spend time dwelling on lies. He does this so that he can make you useless for as long as possible. He wants to neutralize us so that we cannot advance the army of God. His focus is on limiting your reach in other’s lives as much as possible. He wants to disconnect you from your experience of Christ’s love, make you suffer in your day to day life, and attempt to make you dwell there so that you are not being used in God’s plan.
He wants to produce anxiety, or worry about fifty different things that aren’t even for sure happening. Satan wants to shift our mind to an alternate reality, one that plays out different negative scenarios for us to worry even more about. Have you ever realized that usually when your anxious it’s about a bunch of different things you don’t even know are going to happen? If you can have so much feelings about something that you aren’t even sure is true why not shift that to things you know are true?
Now this is not to say chemical issues like depression and things along those lines can be healed by positive thinking. However, it is not contested WHATSOEVER that negative thoughts and dwelling on the things that sadden us does not profit someone struggling with depression. In fact those who are depressed are encouraged to find something that produces joy and start to invest more time in that. Though positive thinking may not cure chemical imbalances within our brain it WILL help to foster a better mind set. It will not change the insufficiencies of our body but will change our emotions. Focus on what is right
God I struggle to focus on the good things. I often allow my circumstances to dictate my emotions. Please help me in noticing where Satan is attacking me and push me to make changes! I pray that I don’t get overwhelmed by the waves around me, focusing on all of the things in this fallen world that pull me away from Christ. Help me to keep my eyes on Him and what He has done. Amen.
It seems simple enough: keep your eyes on Christ. Motivate others around you, and remind yourself, when the waves seem insurmountable. When the darkness of the world is pressing in remind others and yourself to look at Christ and the things that are pure. Educate everyone you know that they can control their emotions! Don’t allow yourself or others to be slaves to Satan’s attacks any longer!!