The toughest part of life is learning how to manage your mind.
Oh, your mind can get you into such trouble, especially when you believe the enemy’s lies.
Recently, I had a stressful day. It was one of those days in which it did not feel good to be in a body!
I received some bad news. My head hurt and muscle tension made me uncomfortable.
Then, the enemy came calling. He suggested that a way out of my anxiety was to go get something sweet, like a cookie.
Now in the old days, I would not have questioned that “solution.” I would have just gone for it!
But this time, I asked myself 1 crucial question: “Would that help this problem?”
No, it would not. The problem would still be there after the cookie was gone. Plus, eating the cookie would only hijack my brain, making me want to eat more.
So that would just add a new problem on top on the old one!
In the end, I did not go get a cookie. I prayed and had a talk with my heavenly Daddy about the problem.
He gave me a new perspective and a solution to the problem!
When you face emotional upsets, the most natural thing to do is to go to the last place of known comfort.
However as believers in Jesus, we have the mind of Christ (see 1 Corinthians 2:16). That is supernatural power!
What was the main thing on Jesus’ mind?
Jesus had a one-track mind to fulfill God the Father’s purpose in His life. Dedication to His purpose guided His daily decisions, even the difficult ones.
In Luke 2:49 when He was just 12 years-old, Jesus said to His parents, “Did you not know that I must be about My Father’s business (see Luke 2:49)?”
Through Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross and His resurrection, He accomplished His purpose: He made it possible for we who believe in Him to have everlasting life.
We are new creations in Him.
We have the opportunity to know God the Father and Jesus Christ in our daily experience.
We are now part of His family and now have many Spiritual brothers and sisters!
Sins and past habits no longer have a hold on us because of 2 reasons:
- We have God’s Spirit in our hearts (2 Corinthians 1:22). His Spirit gives us power to do what we can’t do on our own
- We sow God’s word into our minds (Romans 12:2). God’s word instructs us about God’s will in every situation so we have a guidebook for our daily decisions
When the enemy tried to tempt Jesus to turn stone into bread after Jesus had fasted for 40 days, Jesus used God’s word: “But Jesus answered him, saying, ‘It is written, ‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.’”
In this statement, Jesus says that God’s word is as important to us as the food we eat.
Without God’s word, we won’t learn how to think God’s way. We need that mind makeover to make better decisions.
In my case when tempted with the cookie, I used God’s word to make a better decision:
- “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:6-7).”
Once I did those things in the midst of my anxiety, God’s peace came to me – just as His word promised!
Do you see how this works?
When you learn how to manage your emotions God’s way, you learn to live in the Lord’s peace and joy so that you can do the work He has called you to do, without old habits weighing you down.
The Lord says in Hebrews 12:1-2
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
Your mind makeover allows you to operate as a new creation in Jesus, a thriving member of His body!
Be blessed in health, healing, and wholeness,
Creator of the Take Back Your Temple weight loss program
P.S. My pastor is fond of saying, “When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at will change. In my own successful weight loss journey, I learned I needed God’s word to change the way I looked at things.
My old ways of thinking led me into bondage to depression, anxiety, and fear. I ate emotionally to deal with those painful feelings.
But once I learned how to handle my emotions God’s way, I was no longer driven to eat out of control. I became emotionally stable and gained peace.
As a result of that mind makeover, I dropped from a size 22 to a size 8.
In the Take Back Your Temple online program, you will join a community of your sisters and brothers in Christ who are also undergoing their own mind makeovers and can support you on the journey to reaching your ideal weight.
With each passing day, you will be encouraged and gain confidence that you can do this with God’s help!