And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on.
– Luke 12:22
Thoughts are the driving force of anything you see happening in the world around you. They can be good, and they can most certainly be bad. However, it is important to understand that not all thoughts are meant to entertain. I know some may have been lost by this, so I will take a minute to explain this. Whenever a thoughts pops into your mind, it’s sort of like an idea. At that exact moment all you see is the end result or what could be the end result. You almost never see the Who, the What, the When, the Where, or the How. To be honest, you will most likely spend the majority of your time thinking about the Why. The most common form of “why” that we all suffer from is the “why me Lord?” question, but I digress for now. From the moment that the thought comes to mind, depending on your current circumstances, your mind goes to work trying to figure out or validate the thought. Here’s the difference: A good thoughts sparks ideas in order to make the original thought come to past, while a bad thought generates anxiety, worry, or stress as a result of you not being able to see how it will come to past. Still lost? Here’s an example.
If it is your desire to one day be the best doctor in the world, then all of your thoughts (if they are good) should lead to steps of getting it done. The way it looks is similar to this. You begin researching the steps of becoming a doctor. Well first I need to go to college and get my undergrad and major in medicine. Then I need to attend medical school for the required amount of years. After that, I have to do a residency or intern at a hospital for “X” amount of years. Oh yeah, there is also board certification requirements that I have to fulfill (so on and so forth). Then you begin looking at the cost, because we all know it will certainly cost you. However, you don’t let that bother you too much, because you figure once I’m done with schooling and actually doing what I have trained for, it will all be worth it. On the contrary, if your thoughts concerning becoming a doctor start to linger and focus more on the costs and can never move past that topic you have encountered a bad thought. Better yet, for the purpose of facilitating my point further I want to suggest that you have encountered a stress thought. That’s a new one there doc, what is a stress thought?
A stress thought is an implant from the enemy that is set in place (for a designated moment) to attempt to prevent or hinder you from moving forward due to the amount of stress it causes as you are traveling on your journey. In other words, a stress thought is a stumbling block set up by the enemy to prevent you from going any further by clogging up your mind. It blocks your ability to think about the future or even the present. It causes you to become stagnate or stuck in one place that you seem to just cannot shake. It brings a sense of fear of the unknown and causes it to detour you away from that which God has set in stone for you. Can y’all handle this next one? Ready or not here it comes. It deceives you into a believing a false reality rather than trusting in God and relying on your faith’s reassurance of you reaching an expected end. Yeah, let that marinate for a minute. A stress thought has the ability to alter your entire course if you allow it to. How? On this Christian journey you will always have to use your faith in order to get or receive anything from God. That’s basic Christian knowledge right? However, here’s the knowledge that we don’t hear of as much as we should. When you are in pursuit of who God has called you to be, it only comes as a result of total disruption of your current life as you know it in order for God to renew your mind and set you on a correctional course. This correctional course is meant to redefine who you once thought you were, what you once thought you would be, and how you once thought you would obtain it. Once you are on this correctional course, I want to declare that you have entered into the unfamiliar.
The unfamiliar is a scary place to a lot of people. Why? It is a place where you have zero control of what’s next. All you’re doing is taking or receiving orders and implementing them to the best of your ability. What truly makes this place so scary is that you do not immediately begin to see results of the orders you have followed or carried out. I want to suggest that it is on this particular course (the correctional course) that you truly discover what it means to have faith. It’s one thing to have faith in a familiar place, but it is a completely different thing to have faith in an area that is totally strange. As a matter of fact, I would even go as far as saying this is when God brings you face to face with the reality that the faith that you once thought you had was not genuine faith, rather it was a form of faith. What do you mean by that Kean?
It is easy to shout from the mountain tops that you have faith when everything is going great around you. The area or circumstances that surround you are familiar and you know how to navigate yourself through them with ease. For the most part, you have everything going for you (and you can actually see that it’s going for you), and you have control of what comes and what goes. All your bills are paid on time, your house and car (or cars) are sublime, the best of the best restaurants is where you wine and dine, and all your clothes are fine and divine. Yeah, baby you walk around strutting telling anybody who asks “Faith is what brought me here.” That’s all good and well, but I have you know that’s only a form of faith. In other words, that amateur or immature level faith. Genuine faith comes when God says, Now that you’ve experienced the good in life let’s allow the enemy to wreck havoc and raise all sort of hell. Now, all your on time, sublime, wine and dine, and fine and divine has been taken away and your left with nothing but heartache and pain. Can you still shout from the valley low (as if you were on the mountaintop) “Faith is what brought me here!?” In other words, when you hit rock bottom and people are now looking and talking about you, can you still look at them and declare “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him!” Uh Huh, when life has knocked the wind out of you, dropped you on rock bottom, and left with nothing but a promise from God, Can you still declare that He is God?
You see I simply stopped by to inform you that many times it is easy to shout, dance, praise, worship, and proclaim of His goodness and marvelousness when everything is going good. However, is it just as easy when you are faced with seriously detrimental circumstances that seem as if they will hinder the promises of God from ever coming to past in your life? I’m really here to inform somebody that may be seriously thinking about giving up on God that you’re closer than it seems to your breakthrough. You’re on the cusp of receiving your miracle from God. Don’t let the enemy infiltrate your mind with all these thoughts of negativity and vulnerability that he will use to try and get you to turn your back on God or even curse God. He did it to Job, but in spite of everything that Job went through he still believed that if He is nothing else, He is still God. When you are going through terrible circumstances is when God is telling you to Take No Thought! When you are faced with extreme difficulties is when God is telling you to Take No Thought! When you are faced with what seems to be impossible is when God is telling you to Take No Thought! When it seems like all hope is lost and you’re all alone, that is when God is telling you to Take No Thought! Why? For the promises of God are Yes and Amen. In other words, whatever He has promised you has got to come to past in your life, yet all He needs for you to do is have total resolve and faith in His ability (not your ability) to bring it all to past in your life.
Can I close this thing out now? I think I can. Shout Take No Thought! I will not allow the enemy to infiltrate my mind with all of his evil and conniving thoughts about neither my God nor my Destiny. Shout Take No Thought! I will not allow frustration, fear, lack, stress, or even anxiety to come in and clog up my mind to the point of me not being able to move forward in both my progress towards manifestation and my relationship with God. Shout Take No Thought! I will no longer worry about my needs; instead, I chose to worship my God for it is He who is able to supply all of my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus! Whew, I feel my help coming! Shout Take No Thought! I’m not worried, about the trials that I may have to face. “For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4:17).” Shout Take No Thought! “While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal (verse 18).” Shout Take No Thought! Therefore, I’m going to walk on through this trial and walk on through this test. For this thing that I do know: He knows the way that I take, and when He has tried me I’m coming forth as gold (Job 23:10). Not a plated or phony gold, but a pure gold that has been refined time and time again by fire and not flesh! Shout Take No Thought! So, if I have to suffer a while then I’ll suffer. If I have to struggle a while then I’ll struggle. “For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us (Romans 8:18).”
Can I go higher? Shout Take No Thought! I’m no longer worried about yesterday and all of the pain it caused, because yesterday is gone and it ain’t coming back. Therefore, I must continue to press towards the mark, for the prize of the high calling in Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:14). Shout Take No Thought! I’m not worried about what could’ve been, what should’ve been, what would’ve been, or even what is going to be. Instead, I’m worshipping, seeking, and giving God all the praises that are due Him. For I know that He is, and that He is a rewarded of those who diligently seek him (Hebrews 11:6). Shout Take No Thought! I’m not anxious for anything, and I’m not dreading anything either. For my hope is built, on nothing less, than Jesus’ blood, and righteousness. I dare not trust, the sweetest frame, but wholly lean, on Jesus Name! On Christ the solid, rock I stand, all – aLl – All – ALL other ground, is sinking sand. Last time, Shout Take No Thought! From now on, this is my stance: My bills may be due, and my money may be few. My health may be failing, and all hell may seem to be prevailing. Nevertheless, having done all to stand I’m going to stand therefore, with my loins girt with truth, and my chest shielded with the breastplate of righteousness. I’m going to put on my shoes of preparation for the gospel of peace, and I’m taking up my shield of faith. I’m putting in my helmet of salvation, and I’m taking up my sword of the spirit. Finally, with all prayer and supplication, I’m going to boldly speak the mysteries of this gospel of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 6:13-20). What gospel?
The gospel that saved me, changed me, healed and filled me, and it “sho-nuff” (excuse the Ebonics) delivered me. This same gospel is able to ground me in the promises of God, knowing that they are always yes and amen. So, I’m going to patiently await the appointed time that God has ordained for me to walk into the manifestation of the promises. However, while I’m waiting, I’ve made up my mind that in spite of how long I feel it’s taking or how hard times get, I’m simply going to pray, praise, press, and worship. Under no circumstances will I ever bow down to fear, cave in to frustration, bend to anxiety, or throw in the towel as a result of worrying. What are you saying brother? From this point on, no matter what I face I will Take – No – Thought of anything contradictory to what God has spoke regarding and my situation. If you’re in agreement Shout Yes! Be blessed and stay encouraged!