Has your mind been prepared for God's peace to land on it? Or does your typical day include anxiety landing on your airstrip? Find out how to keep anxiety far from you. Keep Reading...
Isaiah 26:3 NLT - You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
Worry, anxiety, fear, depression, sadness, heaviness… how does it start, and why does it remain? You can fight it or distract yourself from it. But, that works for only a moment. Is there a lasting peace that can be found?
Anxiety (and by extension: fear, heaviness, sadness, etc.) looks for a landing place in our mind. It is our mind that lays the platform for peace or anxiety. This landing pad of our mind can be very familiar with anxiety landing upon it. Like a well-worn groove or rut, it can be easy for anxiety to land upon us. Once anxiety has landed, it is quite difficult to make it take off again. Not impossible, but difficult.
It's time to look at the runway or landing pad of our mind. How do we attract anxiety toward us? As one would signal a plane in for landing, we can call in anxiety upon ourselves. This happens through the practiced meditation of our minds. Most often, we do not think we are practicing a way of thinking. But, if we are not intentional about our thoughts, we are opening up the landing pad for anxiety.
Perfect peace is promised to those who keep their thoughts fixed on the Lord Jesus. This does not come naturally to us. We must train our minds back onto the wonderful character of Jesus, his works and his ways. Philippians 4:8 says, "Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." And again, the promise comes in Philippians 4:9, that when we fix our thoughts in the right place, his peace will come.
Ask the Holy Spirit for greater discernment when anxiety is seeking a landing place in your mind. As soon as you pick up the scent of anxiety, do not permit access to your mind. Capture that thought pattern and cut it off, in the name of Jesus. 2 Corinthians 10:5 Now intentionally fill your mind with words of praise to God. Fix your thoughts on thanksgiving to God. Speak it out of your mouth. This will help to clear the air of anxiety swirling about you.
Don't be surprised if this feels like work to you. It's time to repair the landing pad of your mind. God is waiting to land on you with his peace.
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