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Davidisms - The Definition of Anxiety: A Divided Mind

Are you aware that the literal definition of anxiety in the Greek is a divided mind? Therefore, you have a decision to make. Where will your focus your mind? Choice one: Focus on your problems. The situations and circumstances in your life that shuffle in confusion and disorder. Chaos and doubt. Fury and pain. Choice two: Focus on your God. Fix your eyes on the heavenlies. View the world for what it is - your temporary home. One that exists with smoldering ashes. But from which eternal beauty abounds. The first choice produces anxiety. The second choice, peace. Scripture teaches us to set our minds on things above (Col. 3:2). That we are transformed by the renewal of our minds (Rom. 12:2). To pray without ceasing, so that our hearts and minds are guarded by Christ in us. That’s when our anxieties cease (Phil. 4:6-7). Remember this: You are what you think. Feelings follow facts. Therefore, practice Phil. 4:8: Set your mind on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent and praiseworthy. And see if God’s peace - not anxiety - fills your heart. God does not want you to live with a divided mind. But one wholly and singularly fixed on him.

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