With this unprecedented pandemic, we need more than ever the art of disciplining our minds in difficult times. Thoughts have consequences. They affect our mental and emotional health. Not only our current thoughts but also our belief systems play a crucial role in our well-being and stability. When the crisis hit, it exposes and challenges our beliefs. Is our house built on sand or on a Rock?
17 Helpful Reads for Disciplining Our Minds in Difficult Times
Difficult times attack us with fears, anxiety, discouragement, and hopelessness. God’s instruction for difficult times is to gird up the loins of our mind, to exercise self-control over our intimate thoughts, and to be alert and fully sober.
“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace…” (1 Peter 1:13).
Here is a wrap-up of 17 articles helpful for disciplining our minds in difficult times, and for preparing them for action and hope to the end.God’s instruction for difficult times is to gird up the loins of our mind, to exercise self-control over our intimate thoughts and to be alert and fully sober. #selfcontrol #mentalhealth #Bible #bgbg2 Click To Tweet
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Dealing with the Fear of the Future and Fear of the Unknown
One of the main reasons is that the fear of the unknown has its origin in our basic need for safety and security. Somehow, we have adopted the wrong idea that security equals comfort and predictability, and a lack of uncertainty. To achieve this, we try to control people and circumstances, which only leads to anxiety and increases fear.
However, our need for security and safety can be fully met only in Christ. When we make God our refuge and acknowledge Him as our safe dwelling place now and forever, we are breaking free from the false security.
Overcome the Fear of the Unknown
Fighting the Fear of the Unknown
Click here for a printable of selected Bible verses to help you find the fear of the unknown.When we make God our refuge and acknowledge Him as our safe dwelling place, we are breaking free from the false security of comfort and predictability. #safety #encouragement #Christianliving Click To Tweet
Dealing with Anxiety
The main cause of anxiety is our desire to control things, people, and circumstances fueled by our pride and ego. Control is our path to security and safety, the basic need of all human beings. It has been proven that the more controlling and manipulating a person is, the more uncertain and fearful he is.
We have no control over what happens to us, on circumstances and events beyond our control. We have control and responsibility for what is our property – thoughts, emotions, reactions, decisions, actions. When confronted with a problem such as suffering, loss, illness, betrayal, lie, it is our choice and responsibility on how to respond. What God expects of us is always to respond with a faith rooted in God’s love. Walking by faith is always a choice. In Christ, we are free to choose how to respond because we are no longer subject to the power of the flesh, sin, and law.
It is important to know that God’s will and desire are to deliver us from all our fears in which the anxiety is rooted. He wants to build and strengthen us in the fear of the Lord and in faith and trust in Him.
3 Powerful Strategies to Overcome Anxiety
How to Respond with Faith Instead of Fear
Can’t Stop Worrying? Try God’s Anti-Anxiety Therapy
How to Live in the Rhythm of God’s Love
Keys to Apply God’s Anti-Stress Therapy
5 Biblical Steps to Keep the JoyGod’s will and desire are to deliver us from all our fears in which the anxiety is rooted. #anxietyrelief #worry #encouragement Click To Tweet
Struggling with Panic Attacks – an Encouraging Testimony
Have you struggled with panic attacks? I did. The journey to freedom from panic attacks has been a long one. It takes time, patience and putting faith into practice.
When I experienced panic attacks for the first time, I felt I was dying because of the complete loss of control over my reactions. The fear of death, the terror from losing control and the fear of the next panic attack are the deadly companions of this queen of terrors – the panic attack. How can you gain freedom from panic attacks? In Christ, God gives us hope and a path to freedom and healing.
My Journey to Freedom from Panic Attacks
Dealing with Discouragement and Disappointment
We struggle with a problem or a situation for a long time, and we still don’t have a solution. It seems we are going in circles, and we don’t see the progress we want so much. We struggle with regrets and disappointment about how things have developed in a certain area. And we have difficulties to see our path ahead. We feel stuck, discouraged and unable to make the next step. Worse yet, we feel reluctant to come to God again with the same issue, especially when we have prayed many times about it. So how can we get unstuck and start walking again?
The way to overcome disappointment and discouragement begins with choosing to recognize our feelings as well as their source. We should not suppress and ignore pain. The best way to confront the pain is to weep it out in the arms of God as our Father and friend, acknowledging His love and kindness.
How to Get Unstuck and Start Walking Again – 3 Steps
Disappointment and Discouragement – 6 Steps to Overcome
7 Ways to End the Disappointment with God
How to Live Not Depending on Our Expectations
Disciplining Our Minds When We Struggle with Hopelessness
The delusion of hopelessness is mainly a consequence of false beliefs. When we adopt an attitude of mistrust, suspicion, and despair, and it becomes a firm mind-set, then the delusion of hopelessness takes control.
The state of hopelessness is a process of dying slowly. When the hope dies, everything else dies. Our motivation dwindles, we stop setting goals, we stop to see any meaning. We slowly resign and give up life. The way back from the delusion of hopelessness involves recognizing and rejecting false beliefs and accepting the truth that properly reflects the physical and spiritual reality.
How to Overcome the Delusion of Hopelessness
Finding Strength amidst Suffering and Struggle
How often do we pray that God saves us from a particular struggle and suffering only to find out that we go exactly through this what we want to avoid? We plead and pray that we do not need to go through this struggle, that we preserve our job, and that our loved one does not get ill. No, we do not want to struggle with infertility, illness, rejection, betrayal, disappointment, loss and sorrow after sorrow. We crave and long that God saves us from all this. Sometimes he does but more often, He does not.
We should let go of the idea that God saves us from something only by preventing it to happen. Instead, let’s embrace His ways and the recurring pattern in the Bible that more often God saves is through our suffering and struggles.
The Role of Struggle and Suffering in God’s Design for Transformation
God’s Love is Greater Than Life – 4 Reasons Why17 helpful articles for disciplining our minds in difficult times, and for preparing them for action and hope to the end. #standfirm #mentalhealth #BibleTeaching #bgbg2 Click To Tweet
How is your thought life? What is the top problem area you struggle with in difficult times? Come share your experiences and helpful tips in the comments. Thanks!
18 Replies to “Disciplining Our Minds in Difficult Times”
It’s so important to be in God’s Word regularly so we know Him better and have His truth ready to combat untruth and wrong thoughts.
Absolutely! Meditating on God’s Word and hiding it in our minds and hearts is the way we stand firm.
Love this! That bible verse is so helpful. I have heard it before, but it means so much to me now that I understand it.
Thanks, Tiphany! I am so glad that you found the post helpful and that it increased your understanding.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts and supporting links to assist us in this present international crisis, which is appreciated.
Thank you for your kind words, Carol! I am glad that you found this article helpful!
Very uplifting post! Keep sharing the good word.
Thank you for your encouraging comment!
Very reassuring for those of us that are Christ Followers. During my divorce I would mediate in prayer over this verses. It helped me collect my thoughts of fear, dread, and doubt and make them obedient to my Faith in God.
“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.”
2 Corinthians 10:5 New International Version (NIV)
Thank you for sharing this! I love this verse – taking every thought captive in obedience to Christ is a great practice to have self-control and sober minds.
very good article! congrats 🙂
Thank a lot! I am happy that you like it!
Thank you for clustering and providing these articles and links. Helps to stay focused and keep the emotional health.
I am glad that you found it helpful!
Thank you for sharing all of these positive helps for when adversity whacks us over the head! We can all learn from each other’s journeys as we travel unknown roads.
Absolutely! Especially in such times it is so good when we share and support each other.
I love how you tackle this important topic head on, refusing to give Satan a foothold! God is so good and will always win, even in our minds!
Thank you for these encouraging words! Yes, we need to stay strong in the Lord and His strength!