Trust Me and don't be afraid, for I am your
Strength and Song. Do not let fear dissipate your
energy. Instead, invest your energy in trusting Me and
singing My Song. The battle for control of your mind
is fierce, and years of worry have made you vulnerable
to the enemy. Therefore, you need to be vigilant in
guarding your thoughts. Do not despise this weakness
in yourself since I am using it to draw you closer to Me.
Your constant need for Me creates an intimacy that is
well worth the effort. You are not alone in this struggle
for your mind. My Spirit living within you is ever ready
to help in this striving. Ask Him to control your mind;
He will bless you with Life and Peace.
Our church is in the midst of 52 days of combined, purposeful prayer for our church, homes, community, etc. This devotional reading goes along so well with what I have felt led to pray for myself, my immediate family, and my church family; that Christ would control what we think, say, and do. What does a life controlled by Christ look like? What would YOURS look like if you "invested your energy in trusting Him and singing His Song?"
I love the words to this old hymn written by Kate B. Wilkinson sometime before 1913:
May the mind of Christ, my Savior,
Live in me from day to day,
By His love and power controlling
All I do and say.
May the Word of God dwell richly
In my heart from hour to hour,
So that all may see I triumph
Only through His power.
May the peace of God my Father
Rule my life in everything,
That I may be calm to comfort
Sick and sorrowing.
May the love of Jesus fill me
As the waters fill the sea;
Him exalting, self abasing,
This is victory.
May I run the race before me,
Strong and brave to face the foe,
Looking only unto Jesus
As I onward go.
May His beauty rest upon me,
As I seek the lost to win,
And may they forget the channel,
Seeing only Him.