How’s your thought life?
We are in a war. 2 Cor 10:4-6 for the weapons of our warfare are not merely human, but they have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every proud obstacle raised up against the knowledge of God, and we take every thought captive to obey Christ. We are ready to punish every disobedience when your obedience is complete.
Today we are talking about one thought: Anxiety. Anxious thoughts.
Phil 4:6 “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
We need to take thoughts captive. That’s why I named the personal devotional messages Thought Captivation. I started writing out my devotions back in 1990, when I began attaching them in our monthly prayer newsletter. Those devotional thoughts have become my personal Thought Captivation blog at johnthenry.com.
So let’s take anxious thoughts captive today. There are four major sources of anxiety:
- When life is confusing. Anxiety is actually a good thing to help us change. Fear causes people to fight, flee, or freeze. Anxiety prompts us to do something about our situation.
- Learning something new. Anxiety helps you know that you do not know. It spurs us on to become informed and competent.
- Uncontrollable circumstances. Some turn to anger or become critical of others when they are anxious because they cannot change their circumstances. Surrender of control is the remedy.
- When we know we ought to do something, but we don’t think we can do it. This kind of anxiety tells us that we need to make a change. We know we need to do something, but we don’t think we are able or we make excuses. Humility and flexibility and effort are required to make the changes necessary to do what you know you must.
Are you experiencing anxiety? Is God prompting you to do something?