Have you ever decided to take a risk or face that fear, and all you can do is think of scenarios that will result in failure?
Man, the battle of thoughts in the mind amaze me (and consume me).
We can look at the world around us and place blame on it for distracting us or bringing us down. But is the world really our worst enemy?
After years of thinking the world was against me and trying to tear me down, I realized that the real enemy was inside me. The enemy that I thought was surrounding me, was actually unspoken thoughts in my own mind.
Whenever I think about the factors that have stopped me from moving forward, I realize that I keep getting in my own way. My thoughts stop me from achieving my goals and aspirations constantly. No one gets in my way more than me.
Why is it that we are our own worst enemy? Why do we criticize our actions far more abrasive than anyone else?
By getting in our heads, the enemy has the power to make us afraid and back away from what we are called to do.
As a person who is a mega introvert and is always inside her head, I can assure you, most of the time I am battling against the lies being thought in my brain. Personally, the enemy inside me likes to magnify any situation that involves an ounce of fear for me and create a negative and dramatic situation that is not likely to occur at all.
This makes me feel like a crazy person, if I’m being honest… But isn’t it insane how a thought can stop you from accomplishing the very thing that will get you to the next stop in your journey?
In Matthew 8:23-26 it says:
“23 And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. 25 And they went and woke him, saying, ‘Save us, Lord; we are perishing.’ 26 And he said to them, ‘Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?’ Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.”
This passage speaks volumes to me. The disciples had little faith when they got caught up in a storm but once they called upon His name, the storm calmed down. When we feel caught up in our “brain” storm, we should focus on Jesus and remember His promises. God wants us to trust Him and His plan for our lives. Sometimes we can play our own God and freak out when plans don’t go the way we want them to, but He is always there and He will never allow us to fall.