Don’t Worry… Be Happy
Fixing Our Thoughts – Part I
Scripture Reading: Isaiah 26:1-21
Key Verse: Isaiah 26:3 NLT
You will keep in perfect peace
all who trust in you,
all whose thoughts are fixed on you!
The subtitle for this week’s devotional, “Fixing Our Thoughts”, has a two-fold meaning.
The first meaning is the one that the Prophet Isaiah intended, that those who fix their thoughts on God have perfect peace. In other words, those that do not forget about God find peace in their lives.
The second meaning is about correcting our thoughts so that we can drop worry from our lives.
The devil will not stop trying to get us to fear. The evil one will always bring fear and worry, but we can stop these thoughts from taking up residency in our minds. We can remove them by the power of God’s Word.
This second meaning refers to the discipline that the Apostle Paul wrote about:
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
The devil makes sure that we have thoughts that argue against our knowledge of God.
We must therefore discipline our minds and capture every thought to ensure that we are in alignment with our knowledge of God. We must realize that we are not victims of our thoughts, that we can control them. If we simply let our thoughts run wild, then we have no possibility of living without fear and worry.
Let’s focus on the promise of today’s Key Verse so that God keeps us in perfect peace. There are two options with every problem that we meet in life. We can worry and fear, or we can have perfect peace.
The choice of perfect peace is not available to those who have not accepted Jesus as their Savior. And perfect peace is not available to any believer who either will not discipline their minds or does not understand that it is their responsibility to discipline their minds.
It is obvious that the choice of perfect peace is what all believers want; no one wants to live with worry and fear.
Take a moment and realize that you do have a choice. Decide to learn to take captive all thoughts that cause you to fear or worry. Memorize Jesus’s words:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (John 14:27)
The choice we all have is to let our hearts be troubled or refuse to let that happen. Jesus is saying that we have no reason to be troubled or afraid because He will be all we need. He is our peace!
When you feel fear, focus your attention on Jesus’s words.
Father, I believe You. Help me not allow the evil one to rob me of the peace that You want to give me. Grant me Your wisdom and courage, In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.