2018 ushered in the idea and concept that I would beat my anxieties and fears. As a believer, I often get upset that when I have anxiety I don’t have faith. And that really bothers me because I love God. So I made up my mind that I would work on my faith and my mindset.
The word of God states:
2 Timothy 1:7
7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.
When my mind is under attack, I have to bring my thoughts under control. Sometimes the level of anxiety causes me to have thoughts that aren’t exactly reality. I have to also relinquish my control of the situation. Both of these facts have left me no other choice but to focus on God’s plan and word and understand that he is in control. So in those situations, I have to concentrate and focus on God. Don’t get me wrong this requires a lot of practice and talking to yourself (LOL), a lot of tears and prayer. But sometimes I fail miserably and would avoid certain situations I was fearful of altogether. At that point I would get really sad and think something was really wrong with me.
One of my heroes, my husband shared something with me before I took a flight to LA. I was about to fall to pieces about flying we prayed before we left our home yet I was still afraid. So, we were about to arrive at the airport and he told me that in terms of the things that have happened to him in life, i.e. health issues, job issues, dealing with our children, he will not allow anxiety or fear to get the glory. He stated that he loves God.
”So if the plane crashes its Gods will not ours. As Christians we say we love God, but we can’t say OK I love you but you can’t have my soul right now. So be at peace while you are in the world. Don’t tempt God but, have faith that what happens is his plan, because you belong to him.” -Michael Graham
This conversation changed my whole mindset. It gave me confidence because I see what my husband deals with on a daily in regards to his health. And his resolve has always been “if its Gods will.”
I named this post the “Jedi Mind Trick” because in the movie Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope.” In it, Jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi displays how the Force can have an influence over the weak-minded. In “Star Wars, Episode VI: Return of the Jedi,” Jabba the Hutt refers to this skill as a “Jedi mind trick. So my skill will be to reverse and use the influence of the Holy Spirit to subdue my mindset and build my faith on that. I have to protect my mind from the negative influence of thoughts and not be weak minded in terms of the faith that I have in God. I cannot allow this influence to enter into my mindset and I will be an over comer as long as I stay focused. And as my hubby states “if its Gods will” and this is my “Jedi Mind Trick”.
Which brings me to this day; I have been an over comer in terms of flying. I prayed, I got on the plane and I held my head up and enjoyed the trip. When I came home I made it up in my mind that I will conquer all my fears with God who is my protector.
Deuteronomy 31:6 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the Lord your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.”