Last week I studied chapter two of Calm My Anxious Heart, Lord which was entitled “Content with Circumstances”. Some of the things I learned:
God wants me to learn to be content in our circumstances, not when they improve.
Our part in the process of learning to be content is a heart choice–a choice to pray rather than be anxious.
We must take control of our mind. We are commanded to “be transformed by the renewing of your mind”. We renew our minds when we take negative thoughts captive and dwell on the postive.
Practice makes perfect. Practice these things:
Choosing to give our anxieties to God
Choosing to pray specifically
Choosing to be thankful
Choosing to dwell on the positive
We are to practice substituting prayer for worry, the positive for the negative–and the God of peace will be with us!
The peace of God follows a choice to obey.
The one thing that really stood out in this chapter was making a choice to not be anxious or worry. To choose to take the negative thoughts captive. I am not a slave to my emotions or to be thought life. I have the power within me–the Holy Spirit–to make the right choices. He is here to counsel me and to guide me into all truth. And one of those truths is that God is sovereig and in control of any situation or circumstance I am in. I don’t need to fret because God has ordained that situation for my good in order to conform me to the image of His Son.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength. (Philippians 4:11-13)