A changed perspective is what will bring change to our lives. We can know the truth, but if we do not choose to change our perspective on how we view things, we will not live changed lives. We must replace our perspective with God’s perspective to see His good and perfect will played out in our lives.
The moments when I have fallen into anxiety were the times when I chose to see from the pain of my past instead of God’s perspective.
I knew that God was for me and not against me, but I still gave into fear. It wasn’t until I chose to renew my mind with His truth and see my situation from a place of hope that the fear broke off of me.
I no longer gave into the emotions of my anxiety and was able to walk out with peace and joy.
The enemy wants us to be stuck seeing from a false perspective so that we never experience the full life that Jesus has for us. However, we have the choice to renew our minds and be transformed into His image. Romans 12:2 says, “…be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve God’s good and pleasing will for our lives.”
How do we know if we are not living out the full life that Jesus called us to live? By the fruits of our lives.
Galatians 5:22-23 lists the fruits of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.”
If we are filled with anxiety, then we cannot possibly be living with joy. If we hold anger or resentment towards another, then that too shows we do not have the fruits of the spirit which are peace and kindness. These are all indicators that we need a changed perspective.
As long as we choose to live from our old mindsets, we will never live changed lives. We will end up talking ourselves out of how we should be living according to Christ. God could be telling you to break up with someone, but because you are still holding on to fear, you will find yourself staying in that relationship and never seeing the best that God has for you. God could be telling you to not stress, but if you choose to still see from the eyes of fear and worry, you will never experience the peace that has been promised to you.
We must replace our fears and old mindsets with God’s perspective and say, “God I thank you that you know what’s best for me and you have good plans in store for me.”
Paul tells us in Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.“
Thankfulness is key in living out God’s perspective for our lives. An unthankful heart is what makes us prone to the attacks of the enemy. That is why throughout the Bible we see thankfulness repeated many times. Colossians 2:7 says, “continue to walk in Him, rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness.“
Right after Philippians 4:6 where Paul tells us to not be anxious, he emphasizes that we need to think positive thoughts. He says, “…whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.“
Living anxiety-free is possible, but it starts with our thoughts.
Right thoughts will lead us to the right perspective.
What thoughts have been in your mind? Have you been intentional with keeping God’s perspective by renewing your mind with His truth?
God has mighty plans for you, but it takes your surrender to see His beautiful plans laid out. Surrender every fear that has been holding you back and put your hope in God. Psalm 91:4 says His faithfulness will be our shield and rampart. If God is your shield, nothing can stand against you. Take His word and allow it to guard your perspective.
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