April 25, 2020 @ 8:30 AM
It says to keep your thoughts under control; but why?
• 2 Cor 10:5 "Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; And having in a readiness to revenge all disobedience, when your obedience is fulfilled."
• Phil 4:8-9 "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things. Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you."
Bringing every thought into obedience of Christ means to control your thoughts so that they stay on the things listed above in Philippians 4. It says to think about good things.
And it says this will help the “god of peace” to be with you. The god of peace is peaceful being and not argumentative.
• Phil 3:13 "Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before."
It says to not worrying about the past and the way things were, but to also be hopeful for the future.
• Phil 4:6 "Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus."
In other words, don’t worry about anything, this means ANYTHING. So be also thankful for everything, including the current state of things. But also let God know your struggles - without a worrisome attitude. Be confident in “his” (i.e. the master power of the universe’s) ability to fix it and show you the solutions. Which means you are confident that all is as it should be every day, every hour, every moment, always; although times may be hard or you think you need something more to be truly happy.
• Romans 13:14 "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfil the lusts thereof."
• Mat 6:33 "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
• Eph 3:20 "Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,"
It says to stop worrying about what you think you need [in the physical world – flesh] to live in happiness or sufficiency. Worry is a never-ending trap to unhappiness. But seek the Kingdom which represents a change of heart and mind to love and acceptance rather than want and need. Seeking the Kingdom of God represents “putting on the LORD”, which means looking for the spiritual side rather than fleshly world view. God, who represents the master planner of the universe, can provide “exceeding abundantly above” what you think you need for sufficiency and happiness. So, these verses are saying to not think or worry about “sufficiency” or having what you think you need to be happy. But rather allow whatever the LORD God (Master God) has in store to be and accept that and be thankful for the awesome adventure of life as it is. Be grateful and happy with what life brings regardless if it is what you think you need or want. Life is always perfect through the eyes of the master planner of the universe.
The process of “seeking the Kingdom”, which is contentment of thinking and being, is the power that works through the human consciousness to provide over and above [in a good way] what we “think” is sufficient. You have to allow it to be so. We cannot know all of the good things the master power of the universe has in store for us, because that is above what we can think or imagine. So, allow the good to be and stop the worry. Worry simply plans and creates more unhappiness. The power to plan and create [either bad or good] works in us and through us via our thoughts and faith – that is God.
So, have faith and worry not and things will be ok because of the change of mind.