09, April 2012

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Stop Trying To Control Everything

‘…A man of two minds [is]…unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything…’ James 1:8 AMP

Do you have a compulsive need to find a solution to every problem, and to control everything? Do you always have a back-up plan in case things don’t go the way you think they should? Have you noticed that the more you try to ‘fix’ things, the more anxiety you experience? The Bible says, ‘The mind of the flesh [sense and reason] is death…But the mind of the…Spirit is life…’ (Romans 8:6 AMP) ‘Fixing’ is the opposite of ‘trusting.’ Now God doesn’t want you to be mindless or helpless, He just wants you to live by faith, not head knowledge. When you learn to trust God and operate in ‘the mind of the Spirit,’ you experience peace even when you’re surrounded by tough circumstances. One of the pitfalls of human reasoning is that it causes you to become double-minded and stuck: ‘A man of two minds [is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything.’ What frame of mind do you live in? Instead of always trying to figure everything out, learn to be comfortable not knowing and trust the One who does. Decide that each time you feel anxious you’ll stop and pray: ‘Lord, I’m not going to try to figure this out myself, I’m bringing it to You, trusting You for the answer.’ When you stop struggling with the whens, wheres, whys and hows, you start experiencing God’s peace in a way you never have before. You also put yourself in a position where God can intervene on your behalf. So stop trying to control everything.

SoulFood: Jer 1-3, Matt 28:11-15, Ps 25:16-22, Pr 10:2

The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2012

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