I often notice trends in what I’m experiencing and the advice other people need. While everybody is going through different circumstances with completely different results and processes, there seems to be a trend in the way God wants me to advise handling it and how to handle it myself. This week, the running theme has been irrational thinking.
We’ve all been there. We get nervous or anxious about something and all of a sudden we’re down the rabbit hole with these ideas that seem inevitable. I don’t have the money to pay for this month’s rent, so I have to take it out of my food budget, which means I can’t eat enough, which means I won’t have the energy to work out, which means I’ll gain weight, which means I’ll need new clothes that I can’t afford, which means I’ll walk around looking awful in the clothes that are too small, my boyfriend will think I’m fat and break up with me, then I’ll never get married or have a family and I’ll be fat, ugly, and living in poverty for the rest of my life.
Even if we don’t recognize it’s happening, we can SO EASILY head down this path of irrational thinking. When we speak it out loud it sounds crazy, but inside of our minds it sounds logical and downright terrifying. When God has promised to be our peace, we allow ourselves to say that isn’t enough and that we need more of a solid plan to fix this.
Scripture talks about this.
“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 (NIV)
God is peace. There is no place for anxiety or fear in His presence. God is love, and the Word clearly states that perfect love casts out fear. (1 John 4:18) Peace cannot exist in the same mind that denies the sovereignty of God. When the enemy bends down and whispers into our ear that God is not good to us, we have the option of either giving it authority and going down the irrational arguments that our mind is partial to or demolishing the false arguments and taking the thoughts captive to declare Christ as Lord. There is no need to give credence to these thoughts in the presence of truth.
What is truth? That Jesus Christ is Lord. That His love for us is intimate and pure. That our Father is good and does only good. (Psalm 119:68) We remind ourselves of the times He has been faithful and that He will always be faithful. We recognize that the pain may have been allowed by God but has never, not once, come FROM Him. He is perfect. He is true. We must allow the peace of God to penetrate our spirit, and we must deny these irrationalities that the enemy paints as inevitabilities.
Ask God to give you discernment to recognize these irrational thoughts at the source. Submit to the teaching of the Holy Spirit and don’t allow these paths of “logic” to push you out of your peace. Remember what truth is, and live it.