The “heart” in Scripture isn’t just our emotional condition or mood. And it isn’t the physical organ that pumps blood. It is where we think, plan, dream and decide. It is the mind, and for disciples of Christ it is where “every thought” should be “obedient to Christ,” (2 Cor. 10:5).
- Put your hope in God (Psalm 43:5). We are not good at figuring out what’s going to happen. That may be one primary lesson we have learned during the current pandemic. The media isn’t going to give you the credible hope you need. The government doesn’t have that job. Don’t try to find sources, combine various opinions and dreams in some vain effort to become a self-appointed prophet or prophetess. “Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise Him, my salvation and my God.”
- Understand that gratitude combats cynicism. Give thanks “in all circumstances, for this is the will of God,” (1 Thess. 5:18). Gratitude is one of the most powerful medicines for the mind. It clears out the coldness, the darkness, the confusion, worry and grumbling. When you are weighed down with distracting worry, take a walk back through your life, pause and count on those blessings. It’s good for that matter between your ears.
- Don’t live in the past. Give up all that bitter baggage that just weighs you down and gets you down. Paul had it right when he said, “…one thing I do, forgetting what lies behind, I strain forward to what lies ahead.” What a powerful directive and example to clear your mind of junk (negative thoughts and bitterness that has no spiritual value).
- Be patient (Gal. 5:22,23). Has God been patient with you? And, do you expect people to be patient with you? Then be patient with yourself and be patient with others (because they are all imperfect just like you). This is the capacity to not be impulsive; to slow down, control yourself, correct yourself and calm down. I need that.
Yep. The greatest spiritual battle we face, in all generations, is the battle fought between our ears.
Let every thought be obedient to Christ (2 Cor. 10:5)