Recently a dear friend contacted me extremely upset, regarding matters of the heart. As the details were shared I noticed that assumptions and accusations were beginning to appear in the midst of the story. When asked if the accusations had been substantiated? The answer:
“No, but I know them and I know that is what they are plotting and scheming…”
I think we all know that scenario all to well. A familiar scene when someone has been wounded by a loved one. The hurt and pain of betrayal causes our minds to create very colorful scenarios as to how we ended up in this predicament. We don’t know if our self concocted scenarios are true but we convince ourselves that they are and from there an emotional explosion erupts. Once the truth is finally revealed, the feeling of shame and embarrassment is prevalent; to think that we allowed our minds to go down such a wrong path is apprehensible. Then there is the physical drain, from the emotional roller coaster of assumption, presumption or whatever umption you want to call it, that will leave you spent and burned out.
Recently, I heard Bishop Eddie L. Long of New Birth Cathedral in Atlanta, Georgia minster on the law of belief. The premise of the law of belief:
Whatever you believe with feeling becomes your reality.
The question that followed, caused me to pause. He said:
What are you actually believing that ISN’T real but it has become your reality?
Instantly I thought about my conversation with my friend. In addition, I thought back to all of the times that I created my own crazy scenario’s that were so far from the truth. I then begin to realize, how much time and energy I had wasted on false reality caused by emotionalism. Wow!
Life experience, such as these continue to bring more clarity as to why the bible says to Renew Your Mind. (Romans 12:2). With so much wasted time and emotional energy, I have reminded myself to not only read the scriptures but to apply them to my individual situations. Two scriptures that have given me strength and comfort when I find my mind going down a not so positive path are 2 Corinthians 10:5 and Philippians 4:8.
2 Corinthians speaks to taking control of your thought life:
Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, (2 Corinthians 10:5) (New King James)
Philippians directs you to think on things that bring you peace and tranquility:
Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. (Philippians 4:8)
Applying the Word of God to my situation was the best thing that I could have done. It has brought me true peace of mind. The next time you find your thoughts going awry:
First, meditate on the scriptures. Secondly ask yourself: Is this really my reality?
I believe this prescription for mental peace will lead you to the place where the truth and tranquility you seek awaits. A place where you are in control of yourself, your emotions and the situation at hand. You will no longer feel the stress or emotional pull of the circumstances; instead you will find yourself trusting God to handle the situation for you.
My prayer is that the peace of God will guard you heart and your mind. Have a wonderful week.
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