I’m being super honest today about a struggle I’ve had in my life with fearful thoughts. At times, they would spin completely out of control. I could be just driving in my car and all of a sudden the thought would pop into my mind that my husband was going to die at work, or something tragic was going to happen to one of my children. Before I knew it my mind would spin out in a fear-fueled path of thoughts until I was in full out tears imagining myself standing at their funeral.
I discovered that all of my fears centred around one major lie that I believed… a lie that held me captive in my own imagination.
I think we actually believe a lot of lies without even realizing it. We believe lies about God’s character, His goodness, grace and love. We believe lies about ourselves that disqualify us from the good things God has for us. We believe that we aren’t good enough, strong enough, smart enough… whatever.
The longer these lies sit in our lives undetected, the stronger the grip they have on our thought life.
So my lie was that I had been blessed with so many amazing things in my life… a wonderful husband and four beautiful kids… but somehow I believe I didn’t really deserve all this goodness. And I believed that one day, for whatever reason, I would lose what I treasured most. That something tragic would happen to someone in my family.
I had to learn to take control of my own mind and put the word of God to practical work in my life, learning what it really means to take every thought captive. It was a learning process for me. A transformation of my mind. A pathway to freedom of learning to think differently and allow God to bring peace and faith into areas that were once plagued by fear.
Here’s the portion of scripture that taught me what to do.
Philippians 4:6-8 NLT
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything… Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
So every time a thought came across my mind I had to stop and line it up with this list in scripture. If it wasn’t pure, lovely, right, true… etc then it wasn’t a thought worth entertaining. Yes, you heard me right. Not every thought that comes across our minds is worth the time and effort to entertain. In fact, our minds are a battleground, and we need to be vigilant about every thought that comes our way, lining it up with the truth of God’s word.
Where ever there are lies they must be dispelled by the truth.
Truth that God is constantly desiring to reveal to us through his word and His Spirit.
I wish I could say I never have fearful thoughts anymore, but honestly, those thoughts still try to come. They still cross my mind from time to time. But I’ve realized that I don’t need to entertain them. I can stop them, line them up to the truth of God’s word and replace them with words of love and grace in my life. I can honestly say I no longer fear the future but have full confidence and trust in a loving Heavenly Father and his goodness towards me.
Psalm 34:4 AMP
“I sought the Lord [on the authority of His word], and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears.”
Brenda Drost is a Pastor and Speaker who is known for her warm smile and passionate preaching style. Whether she is teaching at her home church or out on the road, she loves to bring challenging messages that actually help people live out their faith in the real world. She and her husband live on their farm in the beautiful Niagara Region of Ontario, Canada where they have raised their four children. Find out more about Brenda here.