“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-his good, pleasing and perfect will”
Do you find yourself battling thoughts? You know, the ones that keep you up at night. There are so many.. It’s the ‘what ifs’ and the ‘has beens’ that keep our minds racing. I battled this for many years and still today, I have to keep my mind disciplined to stay within the boundaries of Scripture or before I know it my thoughts begin racing towards darkness. If you struggle like I have, with negative thoughts and constant worry, then stay with me!
You can with discipline, allow the Holy Spirit to transform and renew your mind. Notice that I said, “ALLOW”. We all have a choice you see. We can stay here in this place mentally. We can say that it’s too hard and that there’s no hope.
I lived in a place for a long time, where I thought no one understood and that I would always face life with a mind that controlled and took away who I used to be. I want you to know, that we can find light at the end of the tunnel. You see that? That light is Jesus! He has given us a way out.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
This is where the healing began for me. My mind was out of control, it had to be stopped.
My understanding was made up of confusion and fear. My ways were consumed with places to avoid because I could have an attack. I thought that busyness was the only way I could keep up with my racing mind. I avoided talking about it because that just made it worse. I became withdrawn and very irritable. Does that sound like you too?
It sounds too simple to be effective but I began to take a handful of Scriptures that concerned the mind (I have listed them below) I read them and started to apply them. Applying them was the hard part. It was believing they were written specifically for me and I had to allow them to change me. Before I knew it, that continual reading of them over and over started to sink into my mind. I realized that I could answer back to my negative thoughts with God’s Word instead of accepting them as truth. I traded out the lies satan said to me and traded them for the words in Scripture.
The process was long and it was hard. Still today, I use a journal that is filled with God’s Words and all the thoughts I lay at the feet of Jesus. He is wonderful. He is mighty. If only I could find words to describe Him. My time with Him is precious and He is always with me. I want that for you too. Will you try? Will you take a new direction? Try taking His Words and speak them over yourself today. Even if you have tried it before, try again.
Write them down: Read them as many times a day as it takes
- 2 Corinthians 10:3-5
- Romans 12:2
- 2 Timothy 2:19
- Ephesians 6:12
- Philippians 4:8
Remember, this is a process. It takes much time and prayer to get your mind to a place of renewal.
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Till next time!
*Please know that I am not speaking critically to those of us that deal with depression or anxiety or any other mental issue. I believe that the Lord helps us through by means of counseling and medications. All of those things work together alongside Scripture to help us be renewed.