How Faith Works: Settling Your Emotions
You will keep him at perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You (Is. 26:3). In order to stabilize our emotions and not worry ourselves sick or allow vexation of spirit, one must exercise and apply God’s remedy. God’s remedy is His word. The Proverbs tells us that, “as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” If we think angry thoughts, we’ll be angry. If we think evil thoughts, we’ll be evil. If we think hateful thoughts, we’ll be hateful. As we put our trust in God’s word and use the application, we’ll find ourselves never allowing our emotions to dictate our lives. When we find ourselves entertaining evil thoughts or fearing the worst to come, we do what 2Cor. 10: 5 says, and cast down the imaginations, arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the word of God, hold it captive and punish every disobedient thought.
Nothing works without faith. The object of our faith is God’s word. Philippians 4:6,7 says, “be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7) and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” That is so encouraging. We can actually allow God’s peace to guard our minds and hearts like an umpire. Like an umpire refers to playing baseball. When the ball crosses the plate, it’s either a ball or a strike. God’s peace guards our emotions and immediately calls it. We can live this life and never worry. We can live this life and be in total control of our emotions by not allowing daily occurrences to influence our thinking. The word tells us to set our minds on the things above, things that are true, just and praiseworthy, anything of virtue, pure etcetera, meditate on these things. Watch how you think.
Psalms 1 says, “ if we meditate on God’s word day and night, we will be like trees planted by the rivers of water, we will bear fruit in our season, our leaves won’t wither and whatsoever we do will prosper.” This implies we will not be moved by circumstances. Our emotions will be steady and stable. Jesus likened us to a man who built his house on a rock with a solid foundation when we use God’s word to live. The winds of adversity can beat vehemently against our house, but it won’t topple over. We’ll stand strong through it all.
This lifestyle must become a habit. Every believer must begin and continue being cognizant of their thoughts because if not, their thoughts will be leading them. This is a good reason for depression, ulcers, violent behavior, physical abuse, drug abuse, marital fights and so on. If the thoughts aren’t controlled, the emotions will win the battle for everything.
I have the mind of Christ. I have a peace that surpasses all understanding, a joy that is inexpressible and full of glory, and a love that is unconditional. I am like a tree that is planted by the rivers of water, be it evil or the worst, I shall not be moved. Because I keep my mind stayed on God and His word, I am always at perfect peace. My emotions are controlled by the Spirit of God and not even myself. I have the most stable emotions and nothing shall ever get the best of me. My surprise factor is zero. People like being around me because of the peace I exude. Thank You Lord for all You’ve done in my mind and heart. I give You glory, praise and honor in the matchless name of Jesus.
Pastor Anthony E. Blackman