(By: Larry Ollison, Ph.D.)
And do not seek what you should eat or what you should drink, nor have an anxious mind. (Luke 12:29)
In Luke chapter twelve, Jesus gives us a command that, if followed, will change the way we live our lives and will take away stress. In modern vernacular His command is this. Chill out! He tells us in His Word that we shouldn't get stressed or anxious concerning what we eat or drink. And He says that we should not have an anxious mind.
Our mind is a part of our soul. As humans we are three part beings. We are spirit, soul, and body. When we are born again, it is our spirit man that passes from death unto life. Old things are washed away and all things become new in our spirit man. The scripture tells us that our spirit is renewed daily by God automatically and we are sealed until the day of redemption.
And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. (Ephesians 4:30)
Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. (2 Corinthians 4:16)
However, our mind, a part of our soul, must be renewed daily through a conscious effort. The Word of God brought into our thought realm and nurtured by the Holy Spirit brings our mind and our thought life to a higher level of revelation and glory. We have a choice when it comes to our mind. We can either have an anxious mind or a mind that is at peace. The choice is ours.
We can develop a peaceful mind by washing our mind daily with the Word of God and by bathing and soaking in the Word and allowing the Word to saturate us. Or, we can develop an anxious mind by simply doing nothing and that's what the devil wants for you.
There are two plans for your mind. God has a plan and the devil has a plan. God's plan will bring peace and freedom. The devil's plan will bring stress and confusion. God's plan involves the Word of God. The devil's plan involves laziness.
Don't be lazy. Take a bath in the Word.
Dear Reader - are you at peace with God? If not, you can be. Do you know what awaits you when you die? You can have the assurance from God that heaven will be your home, if you would like to be certain. You can even have that assurance RIGHT NOW! Either Jesus Christ died for your sins, or He didn't (He did!). Are you prepared to stand before God on the Judgment Day and tell Him that you didn't need the shed blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross to have your sins forgiven and get in right-standing with God? We plead with you...please don't make such a tragic mistake.
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Remember: All that we do in this life comes back to our God-given purpose which is to serve and glorify God. The money and assets we accumulate, the fame and power we've attained or seek to attain - all of the things of this nature will one day pass away, but those lives of others we impact for Jesus Christ will last for eternity, and we will be rewarded for the part we helped play by impacting those lives ... for eternity. (Matthew 6:19-20 is our assurance)