Just as it is important to realize that nobody can make you mad, it is also important to admit that flowing thoughts don’t control what you think. You do.
When I say, “You do,” I mean you and Holy Spirit, working in a partner-friendship, do; with Him as the Senior Partner. That is why it is essential to acknowledge your connection with Him as a daily-life protocol. The mental pressures of the flesh life are more than you can handle alone. You and Holy Spirit must be in conscious connection for you to succeed in your thought-life.
“Holy Spirit, it is my will that You and I are of the same mind today (or now).”
The Passion Translation says (Philippians 2:5, “And consider the example that Jesus, the Anointed One, has set before us. Let his mind-set become your motivation.” (Let the mind-set of Jesus become your motivation).
“Holy Spirit, how would Jesus be thinking about this (or that)?”
Of course, Philippians 4:8 reveals the heart of the Christ-like mind-set. I will, again, quote the Passion Translation:
“So keep your thoughts continually fixed on all that is authentic and real, honorable and admirable, beautiful and respectful, pure and holy, merciful and kind. And fasten your thoughts on every glorious work of God, praising him always.”
To experience the abundant life in the present, it is essential that we have a protocol for the way we allow ourselves to think.
Remember: No other person or situation can make you mad, stressed-out, or fearful. Those are the choices that you (and I) allow.
I will close this article with a quote from War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy,
“If we admit that human life can be ruled by reason, then all possibility of life is destroyed.”
Independent human reason of the flesh-mind focuses on fear. It tells us that this or that issue, that generates feelings of fear, anxiety, and anger are rational and reasonable. But, the only perspective that is reasonable is God’s perspective. I urge us all to establish the protocol of choosing God’s perspective as our ruling thoughts. Abundant life follows.