Colossians 3:1-2 NKJV (1) If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. (2) Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.
Mindset: a mental attitude or inclination, a fixed state of mind
1 Thessalonians 5:23 NKJV (23) Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
1 John 4:15 NLT (15) All who confess that Jesus is the Son of God have God living in them, and they live in God.
The spirit of man is the eternal part of you. It is the part of us that makes contact with God.
The spirit of man is where God lives in you and this is where He speaks to you.
Proverbs 4:23 NKJV (23) Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.
Issues of life = resources of life; the outflow of life
Guard your heart – same as building a wall around a well
The spirit of man is the place from which answers from the Lord come. It is the place where He reveals His solutions to us.
Worry and anxiety is the direct result of a fruitless search for life’s answers out of your human mind.
Your mind is a wonderful tool, but your mind can only give out what you put into it. If you do not put the information into your mind, you cannot ever retrieve that information.
Your mind does not always do a perfect job of giving you back everything you put into it. It can sometimes give back what you put in it in a way that is a little bit inaccurate. Studied in school but still did not make a 100.
If there is an answer that you need, and your mind has never known the answer, then you will never be able to recall or get that answer from your mind.
There are just some things that your mind does not have.
Proverbs 16:1 NLT (1) We can make our own plans, but the LORD gives the right answer.
If you face a new problem, then the answer is going to have to come from the Lord.
When you are searching for the answer in your mind by going over and over the problem to look for the solution, you only cause yourself more anxiety and frustration.
1 Peter 1:13 NKJV (13) Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;
You have to control your thoughts and prepare your mind for action.
Don’t follow every thought that pops into your mind and every “rabbit trail” they can produce.
Chasing after all these thoughts is where confusion comes from.
Confusion = lack of clarity or distinction, perplexity or bewilderment.
1 Corinthians 14:33 NKJV (33) For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
In this story we see two principles that will help us to overcome worry and anxiety in our lives and show us where the answer comes from:
2 Chronicles 20:1-11 NKJV (1) It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat. (2) Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, “A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar” (which is En Gedi). (3) And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. (4) So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD. (5) Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, (6) and said: “O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? (7) Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? (8) And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, (9) ‘If disaster comes upon us–sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine–we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.’ (10) And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir–whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them– (11) here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit.
- Recall the promises of God’s Word, place your focus on them and pray over them.
2 Chronicles 20:12-13 NKJV (12) O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You.” (13) Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the LORD.
Notice he did not just leave his statement at, “We don’t know what to do.” He ended it with, “…but our eyes are upon you.”
- You must get peace in your mind so that you can get the answer you are seeking from God.
The peace comes when you begin by saying, “My mind does not have the answer but my God and His promises do have the answer.” If you don’t have peace first, the answer or solution does not come and it comes from your spirit.
Philippians 4:6-8 NLT (6) Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. (7) Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. (8) And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.
There is always a way! There is always a solution!
God has a thousand answers or solutions to every problem we face. All we need is one.