Philippians 4:8-9
8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. 9 What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.

 I had someone tell me years ago that when my mind starts to swerve left of center and the yellow line on the road ahead starts to blend in with my surroundings – that I should begin at the top of this list from Philippians and move along until I come to one that I can not apply to what I’m thinking.

 I don’t remember ever making it past the first item. I ask myself if what I’m thinking is true. Well. In the case of my anxious musings, they are never true. And just how much time and energy do I really want, or even have, to spend on a lie?
 If I also apply the fact that my anxiety is saying to God, “I don’t really think you can handle this…”, I am left with the opportunity to firm up my faith through the changing of my mind. Then the work of the Word can be accomplished.
I love that Paul is quick to say that these things take practice. I can testify that this is a fact. But little by little, each time I decide to discipline my mind and crawl out of that dark place, my outlook changes.
I see His hand.
I find comfort in His promises.
I move from a woman of confusion to a woman of courage.
James 4:7-8a
Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. 8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.
And when that happens, Glory!  The enemy of my soul falls to the power of our Almighty God!

Then a sound is heard.
Imagine that moment in the heavens.
The panicked sound of the wings of a demon fleeing.
He flees the moment a daughter of the King reaches out for her Savior.
Today I want to hear demons fleeing!  Not by our power but by the power of His Word.
And a disciplined mind repeating again and again until the day of His return.
With all praise to Him who is able!
Let’s do this together, sisters! 

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