I posted this almost two years ago entitled My Plan Of Action and thought I would post it again. I need the reminder. Maybe you do, too. Life is hard and our circumstances change from day to day. Yet God’s Word never changes. Our security is in its truth and power and in the constant loving presence of our God. I applied all of these verses together to keep negative thoughts from taking over my mind and wreaking havoc with my emotions. Applying God’s Word to my thoughts and circumstances and choosing to focus on God and on His love for me in Christ Jesus stopped my panic attacks and, whenever I remembered to follow this plan of action, anxiety lost its strong hold on me.
Philippians 4:4-8 (NIV)
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” (Amplified version says “fix your mind on them”.)
So if you make a plan of action from these verses it would read something like this:
1. I will remember to rejoice in the Lord and in God’s love for me no matter what my circumstances are at that moment because God is in control.
2. I will remember to be gentle with others because the Lord is gentle with me and dwells within me. He’s as close as my next breath.
3. I will not worry about anything but pray to God about everything. I will pour out my heart to Him, and thank Him for hearing me and for what He will do with my petitions and requests. I will sit quietly and soak in the peace of His presence.
4. I will focus my mind on things that uplift and edify and turn my mind from things that belittle, demean, tear down, condemn, or cause fear.
Which means when a negative or critical or anxious thought comes, I will take it captive by applying a Bible verse which will prove that thought false. (2 Corin. 10:5—“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.”)