Welcome to #InspireAfricaProject! Anytime my heart tries to pick up something to worry about, I usually tell myself that worrying has never solved any problem before and it cannot solve this one, therefore I delete you. The only good thing anxiety can add to any issue it to compound it. Say no to fear, worry and anxiety.
“Imagination is a source of fear, but imagination may also be the cure for fear. “Imagineering” is the use of mental images to build factual results, and it is an astonishingly effective procedure. The word imagination derives from the idea of imaging. That is to say, you form an image either of fear or of release from fear.
What you “image” (imagine) may ultimately become a fact if held mentally with sufficient faith. Therefore hold an image of yourself as delivered from worry and the drainage process will in time eliminate abnormal fear from your thoughts.
However, it is not enough to empty the mind, for the mind will not remain empty. It must be occupied by something. It cannot continue in a state of vacuum. Therefore, upon emptying the mind, practice refilling it. Fill it with thoughts of faith, hope, courage, expectancy. Say aloud such affirmations as the following; “God is now filling my mind with courage, with peace, with calm assurance. God is now protecting me from all harm.”
Throughout the day make sure you crowd your mind with such thoughts as these until the mind is overflowing with them. In due course these thoughts of faith will crowd out worry. Fear is the most powerful of all thoughts with one exception, and that one exception is faith. Faith can always overcome fear. Faith is the one power against which fear cannot stand.
As you fill your mind with faith on daily basis, there will ultimately be no room left for fear. This is the one great fact that no one should forget. Master faith and you will automatically master fear. So the process is- empty the mind and cauterize it with God’s grace, then practice filling your mind with faith and you will break the worry habit! Fill your mind with faith and in due course the accumulation of faith will crowd out fear.
The importance of freeing your mind of fear canonot be overemphasized. Fear something over a long period of time and there is a real possibility that by fearing you will actually help bring it to pass. The Bible contains a line which is one of the most terrible statements ever made. “For the things I greatly feared has come upon me” Job 3:25. Of courses it will, for if you fear something continuously you tend to create conditions in your mind favourable to the development of that which you fear.”~Norman Vincent Peale.
The kind of atmosphere you create in your mind will determine the kind of thoughts that will occupy it. If you create the atmosphere of fear, it will occupy your mind. If you create the atmosphere of faith, you will become fearless and defeatless!
So if you shift your mind from fear to faith you will stop creating the objects of your fear and will, instead, actualize the object of your faith. Surround your mind with healthy thoughts, thoughts of faith, and not fear, and you will produce faith results instead of fear results.
Norman Vincent Peale shared how to ovecome fear and anxiety.
“1. You became a worrier by practicing worry. You can become free of worry by practicing the opposite and stronger habit of faith. With all the strength and perseverance you can command, start practicing faith.
2. How do you practice faith? First thing every morning before you arise say out loud, “I believe,” three times.
3. Pray, using this formula: “I place this day, my life, my loved ones, my work in the Lord’s hands. There is no harm in the Lord’s hands, only good. Whatever happens, whatever results, if I am in the Lord’s hands it is the Lord’s will and it is good.”
4. Practice saying something positive concerning everything about which you have been talking negatively. Talk positively. For example, don’t say, “This is going to be a terrible day.” Instead, affirm, “This is going to be a glorious day.” Don’t say, “I’ll never be able to do that.” Instead, affirm, “With God’s help I will do that.”
5. Never participate in a worry conversation. Shoot an injection of faith into all your conversations. A group of people talking pessimistically can affect every person in the group with with negativism. But by talking things up rather than down you can drive off that depressing atmosphere and make everyone feel hopeful and happy etc.”
Dear friend, the choice is yours. If you want to overcome fear and worry you must be deliberate in your actions. Don’t allow any negative thought or discussion to settle in your heart because it’s deadly. Don’t allow any wrong doing to settle in your heart also, because it will make you miserable. My strategy is to attack every negative thought or discussing with a verse of the Bible immediately. It is better to deflate that negative thought or word before it settles in your mind than to get rid of it when it has gained around in your mind. Wisdom is profitable to direct!
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