3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
4 Trust ye in the Lord for ever: for in the Lord Jehovah is everlasting strength:
In January 2016, as my church prepared their calendar of speakers for the year, I was informed that I’d be the 4th Sunday in June’s Youth Day Speaker. Historically, my comfort zone has been being fine with communicating in writing, and I’m fine when I have to speak to small groups of perhaps 10 or less people. My church’s attendance is typically approximately around 60-80 people, nevertheless, I was grateful that God had led my pastor to see something within me to allow me this opportunity; And that I had plenty of time to prepare a message.
Sure enough, God did drop a great message into my spirit in plenty of time, however as the day of my speaking engagement drew closer, the enemy began to attack my mind with fear and anxiety. “You know you can’t preach like pastor and the other ministers. What if you don’t speak long enough? What if your message isn’t interesting and the kids get bored. You know you usually do better in small settings. If you mess this up, they may never let you speak again.” Were just some of the things that ran through my mind. I prayed, I rehearsed my message several times and timed myself, I even had my dad and uncle(who are both ministers) pray with me. Finally,
God woke me up early the day of my speaking engagement. I felt His spirit come upon me, and He spoke these Words, “Do not fear. I will be right by your side. Everyone at church wants you to be successful. The Word I have given you to speak is more important than the fear you have been experiencing. Trust Me, and do not fear. I will be right by your side.”
I then had a choice to make: I could either continue to hang on to the mindset of fear, or I could listen to the Lord and adopt the mindset of faith and dependence on God to help me. I chose to let go of my fear and trust God. Sure enough, God(with His good self) empowered me to deliver my message with courage. After the service, it felt good to hear my pastor, other ministers, and family & friends congratulate me for doing an awesome job, and give glory to God. The message I spoke on can be found here.
There are so many things that we will encounter in life, that can occupy our mind. Things that can cause us to fear, have sleepless nights, experience deep stress, cause us to experience deep depression, cause us to be too ambitious, maybe even to be jealous or covet what other people have. These are all mindsets that will prove detrimental to our ultimate success in life.
Our mind is the battlefield, where Good and Evil wage war. What we believe will determine how we react to the events of life.
In order to truly overcome the negative thoughts and beliefs that try to bombard our mind, we must get the Mind of Christ(I Corinthians 2:16), which means we understand God’s plan in the world to bring glory to Himself and provide salvation to sinners. In addition, it means that we share Jesus’ perspective of: humility and obedience to God the Father, compassion, and prayerful dependence on God.
When we choose to adopt a Christlike mindset, Satan’s ability to deceive us becomes increasingly difficult; and the World is able to see the Light of Christ shining brightly through our life because:
• We abandon the mindsets of self-sufficiency and entitlement, knowing that we are accountable to the righteous judge, Jesus Christ, for our deeds whether they be good or bad.
• We become less attached to pursuing material things, and more concerned with investing into Heavenly things.
• While we oppose sinful actions, we have a love and appreciation for all human beings; And desire to see everyone saved.
• When fear and anxiety begins to creep up on us; Just as God reminded me…the fear that we experience pales in comparison to the value of whatever assignment or purpose God has given us.