Many things can upset us, if we let them. Many people DO let things of this life upset them. That’s why there are so many on antidepressants, sedatives and other drugs.
I need to tell you something: There’s not a pill in the world that can make you feel happy, while thinking upsetting, depressing, angry or other negative thoughts! On the other hand, there is no negative emotional state that can get a hold on you when you have a grip on, and practice just this ONE Bible verse:
You might not have ever given it much thought, think about THIS one: You and I have the ability to think about anything that we want. Anything! It’s one thing to have an ability and it’s something else to use it correctly.
It’s important WHAT you think about. Here’s why: the thoughts that you habitually think will eventually dictate and set the course of your life. The main thoughts that you think on will determine your feelings, choices and actions. They influence how you’ll feel and what you’ll do in any given circumstance. The word “influence” means inflowing. Something that’s flowing in.
THE THOUGHTS THAT YOU HOLD IN YOUR MIND DETERMINE WHAT FLOWS INTO YOUR SPIRIT MAN. YOUR EXPERIENCE OF THE WORLD IS LITERALLY SHAPED BY WHAT YOU THINK ON AND HOW YOU THINK.
Adam and Eve began to think that God didn’t really care about them and was trying to hold them back. That allowed the enemy’s thoughts to “in-flow”, or influence them. To Garden of Eden, instead of being paradise, began to be a place of limitation to them because of the thoughts that they were holding! All they could think about was what they COULDN’T do and couldn’t be and couldn’t do and couldn’t have! And, that’s what led them to be bitter against God, taking their lives into their own hands.
Prov. 23:7 says this about a person, “As he thinks in his heart, so is he.” This verse is literally true. It means that the main thoughts you hold will shape your life. You’ll become like what you think on habitually.
Since your main thoughts determine how you understand other people and things, they also interpret how you respond to these things. How you think, that’s the way you’ll be.
Change your thoughts and change your life. When your thinking lines up with the Word of God you’ll be seeing, thinking and interpreting in a way that will bring you the blessings of God on your life.
The Word is anointed with the Spirit of God, so that when your thoughts line up with it, you’ll attain happiness, holiness, more health, success and prosperity. God’s plan is for you to have a life of superior quality, or as Jesus said, abundant life.
How do we stay free from depression, anxiety and bitterness? Obey the Word. Think on these things ONLY.
Whatsoever things are Truthful: Things that line up with the Word. You can’t allow your thinking to be directed by how you feel, or by your emotions. Your emotions will misguide you – steer you wrong. They’ll lead you astray. That’s what Jonah 2:8 means what he says, “those that observe lying vanities forsake their own mercy.” When you listen to, pay attention to, take heed to how you FEEL, or feelings that get you to act contrary to the Word, you are literally exchanging or trading your deliverance for how you feel at the moment.
This is what it means in Ecclesiastes 2:14 when it says, “The wise man’s eyes are in his head…” His mediations, his thoughts aren’t on how he FEELS, but he’s looking at what he KNOWS to be true – God’s Word.
Paul prayed this same kind of thing for us. The Ephesians 1:18 prayer is that the EYES of your understanding would be open. As God’s thoughts are replacing your thoughts are replacing your thoughts, your ability to walk in wisdom will be increased.
A common cause of emotional problems and frustration is the habit of an idle mind. “Idle” means not occupied or unemployed…a mind just roaming around with disconnected or disorderly thoughts. Thoughts just racing and bringing all sorts of things to your mind. Prov. 19:15 – “The idle soul shall suffer hunger.”
You need to harness your mind, discipline it and MEDITATE on the Word night and day. Learn how to think on the things of God. To develop the ability to focus or concentrate. Even the ability to pray, to have a good prayer life depends on your ability to concentrate and stay in the presence of God.
Whatsoever things are just: Think on things that are fair. The enemy wants you to think of all the unfairness’s in your life. All the times that people have been unfair, or treated you unjustly. God says DON’T think on those things. He says think on all the times you HAVE been treated fairly, and all the people who DO treat you justly.
If you get into the rut of thinking on all the injustices in life, you’ll not only be disobeying God, you’ll heap miseries on yourself.
Whatsoever things are lovely: You’ll never feel great if you think on all the things that are ugly and wrong. God says to think on things that are delightful and harmonious.
Whatsoever things are of good report: You have to think positive, good things about yourself, other people and God’s dealings with you.