"The Need To Control"
"The mind of the flesh [sense and reason] is death... but the mind of the Spirit is life." Romans 8:6 AMP
Do you have a need to control things? To find a solution for every problem? To have a back-up plan in case God doesn't come through the way you think He should? Have you noticed that the more you try to fix things, the more anxiety you experience? Paul calls this, "The mind of the flesh." Fixing is the opposite of trusting; usually you can't do both. Now that doesn't mean God wants you to be mindless or helpless; it just means He wants you to live by faith, not head knowledge! When you learn to trust God and operate in "the mind of the Spirit," you experience peace in spite of the circumstances.
One of the pitfalls of excessive reasoning is that it causes you to become double-minded and stuck. Listen, "A man of two minds is unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything" (Jas 1:8 AMP). Does that describe you?
Instead of always trying to figure things out - learn to be comfortable not knowing, and start trusting the One who does! Make a decision today that every time you feel anxious, you'll stop and pray: "Lord, I'm not going to try and figure this out myself; I'm bringing it to You and I'm waiting for Your answer." When you stop struggling with the when's, why's, and how's, you'll begin to experience God's peace in a way you never have before. You'll also position yourself for Him to intervene on your behalf. So make a decision today - to let go and let God!
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