Yes! God seems to think so.
Here’s a few practical tips I’ve discovered that are taking me a long way on the “Peace Trail” in God”s Kingdom.
- I don’t believe every thought that I think.
If the thought that presumed it’s way into my mind leads me to be anxious, angry, fearful, resentful, suspicious, jealous, or “unsettled” in any other number of ways, I don’t grant it the right to occupy my attention.
- I pay attention to what I say after I use the word, “but.” We can say the right stuff in the first half of a sentence, but what counts is what statement follows our “but.” You might say, “Jesus came to give us abundant life, but I’ve made too many mistakes.” Listen carefully: What ever words follow “but” is where you are actually placing your faith. To the contrary, we could say, “I’ve made a lot of mistakes, BUT, He makes all things work together for my good.” Now, that’s a great but. So…pay attention to what words follow your but.
- I only give anxiety the amount of authority in my life that God does.
That would be a big goose egg…“0”… God has given me the authority to set and monitor the controls to my emotional thermometer.
It’s a choice to continue practicing these three points. God backs up our decisions. When we do, anxiety will begin to cry uncle.
If you’d like to watch the 29 minutes teaching on this for more detail, here it is: