Thoughts and prayers
- By candidasullivan
- May 26, 2023
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God is not the author of confusion. Therefore, when I feel confused, I must remember that spiritual warfare occurs in my mind. With the first thoughts of stress or anxiousness, I need to take it all to Jesus. When I give my worries to Him, He can show me how to overcome them.
We are not strong enough to handle the enemy on our own. He does his best work in the dark corners of our minds. Satan wants us to hold on to heartaches, fears, and the pain inflicted by others. One of his greatest weapons is telling us things should be different and that certain things shouldn’t have happened. Any thought that goes against the truth will make us feel bad.
HOWEVER, I can see the truth when I can apply the thought against God’s word.
For example, the enemy prevents me from writing the words in my heart but complicating it in my mind. I start questioning my writing ability and worth when Satan involves my mind. In doubt, I can’t move forward. But when I take the thought and look for the truth in the scriptures, God reveals it to me.
Philippians 4:13 KJV
13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
When I believe that God will help me, the words flow freely because I stopped questioning whether or not I could do it and knew that God would do it through me. The enemy wants to keep us in a place of uncertainty so that we will doubt. As long as I am questioning, I am stuck in a cycle of pain.
The only way we can overcome the spirit of fear is to search for the truth. Clarity comes from the word of God. I like to take my thoughts and examine them against this scripture.
Philippians 4:8 KJV
8 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.
A lie cannot withstand this scripture. Therefore, when I discover the lie, I can ask God to give me a better thought filled with faith, hope, and love. Then I can find a scripture to support my new thought and meditate on it instead.
Faith wholeheartedly believes that God can help us, even when we can’t see how. We have to ask the Lord in faith. I need to know what I want and why I desire it and then leave how it will happen to my Lord.
Sweet friends, I doubt it can happen when I try to figure it out in my mind. This is partly because I am trying to determine things based on my knowledge. God’s wisdom and abilities go far beyond what my mind can conceive.
Therefore, I want to stop putting God in a box. I want to replace my limiting beliefs with faith. I want to stop standing in my way and allow God to amaze me.
We are not alone. Therefore, we shouldn’t live our lives as if we are alone. God wants to help us. He has the power to help us with all things. We just need to learn to take everything to Him in prayer.
So often, I try to do it on my own, and that’s why I feel so overwhelmed and exhausted. I worry about and think about things, but I don’t pray about them. When I finally get to the point of praying, God always helps me.
I want to make prayer my default reaction. I want to talk everything over with the Lord. The more I pray, the closer I get to Him. There is such power in prayer. It is a gift from God, and I want to use it more.
The enemy doesn’t want us to pray. Therefore, he tries to distract us with our thoughts so we will neglect to pray. He knows the moment that we cry out unto the Lord, and then He will help us.
Instead of wallowing in my troubles, it is such a beautiful gift to give them to the Lord. When I draw closer to the Lord, He draws closer to me. While my flesh is weak, my Lord is strong. He can help us to overcome all things. We have to trust Him. So, I am going through my Bible and reading all the scriptures about faith and trust. I want to train my mind to think about God’s word instead of my worries.
Have a beautiful day!
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