What can you do if your flesh does rule over you? What if it demands you eat what it tells you, and how much it tells you? You may think you can do nothing, but you can. You are a Spirit, who has a soul (mind, will, and emotions) and both live in your body (your flesh, it is called.) An easy assumption can be that we really have no control over what thoughts we think. At least, we may believe that control over what we think on seems to be questionable.
Before I began to renew my soul (mind, will, and emotions) with the truth of God’s word, I thought that I basically had no real control over what thoughts I dwelt on. My biggest thought enemy was worry. It tried to overtake me on many occasions. It seemed to be a constant companion, but certainly not a friend on my side. Although I wasn’t really overweight, each day brought new worry thoughts about what the scales said. It was tormenting. And little to my understanding, this worry contributed to gaining weight. My husband, John, told me, in our early years of marriage, that I would worry whether the sun came up or not. I didn’t, but I’ve never forgotten those words he spoke.
In the summer of 1973, I realized that although I wanted to be a Christian and thought I was, I wasn’t. Someone shared with John and I both how simple it was to believe in our heart and say with our mouth that Jesus is Lord, and then activate our faith to believe we were saved. We both did and were; and our lives have never been the same.
There was More
It was wonderful knowing I was a Christian and having a desire to read the Bible and begin to understand it. John and I attended a Bible Study and learned about the Baptism of the Holy Spirit. All we had to do was to believe and ask. We did. For me, this precious gift is one that has taken me through many troubled times with peace still ruling in my heart. I could never do without it. The gift that accompanies this Baptism, the Heavenly Language, strengthens me, calms me in worrisome times, and builds me up in my most holy faith as Jude tells us in the New Testament. Jude 1:20
Renewing the Mind
At the Bible study and during my time I would read God’s Word, I began to find treasures for my life. The first scripture I heard and clung to was in Philippians 4:6-9
Here it is in TPT version: “Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ.”
If God was telling me not to worry, there must be a way to control my thoughts of worry. I began to believe that. It has been a journey for sure as each day is a new day with new opportunities thrown at me by the enemy for me to overcome and strengthen my faith.
What to Think On
Thankfully, as I have learned to fill my mind with thoughts good, pure and lovely and immediately change channels when a worry thought tries to enter in, God has rescued me from this worry pit, with His grace strengthening me to (most of the time) keep my mind on those things good, pure and lovely and of a good report.
This is a Training
Does your flesh try to rule you? If so, please stay tuned for more understanding and strategies in part II coming later this week.