Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Remembering Who You Are

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." -Philippians 4:6-7

Feeling fearful? We've all experienced fearful thoughts and anxious worry at different points in our lives, but some of us seem to be bothered by fear on a regular basis. Why is this? It may be a "focus" issue.

More and more I come to realize that we "live" in our thoughts. Thoughts create an environment, a mood, a disposition, an outlook. They also cause us to feel strong or weak, faith-filled or fearful. The more we feed our minds and thoughts with God, the more our thoughts focus on Him and His power. The less we feed our minds and thoughts with God's truth, we open the door to distractions, negativity, worry and fear. Why? Because that is the world's default!

Sometimes I temporarily forget who I am in Christ. Sometimes I temporarily lose focus on who our powerful God is. Sometimes I only remember who the enemy is. Maybe you can relate. However, there is good news - we have control of our focus, thoughts and what we feed on! Remember that you are God's property and that all authority has been given to the Lord. When you put on Christ, then you can take authority over circumstances and fears.

From this day forward, let's choose carefully where we focus our thoughts and remember who we are. "Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." -Philippians 4:8

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