Last night as I was trying to sleep I had thought after thought after thought that would not allow me to rest. For a few of them I played out “what if” scenarios. And then after about 20 minutes I realized that these thoughts and what if’s were steal from me. These vain imaginations. One of the things that God told me to cast down was steal my rest and my peace.
That’s what vain imaginations and cares do, they steal. They steal peace and rest. While it may seem like it’s our minds are preparing us, what guarantee do we have that whatever we are imagining will happen? And if it does, that it will happen like our minds have written it out? How many other people did we involve in our “vain” scenario? What else could I be thinking about according to the Word of God?
As I realized what was happening and began to pray, my mind shifted and the vain imaginations ceased. But guess where the cares showed up? That’s it, in my dream state. Not the things I was allowing to flood my mind but a dream that was disruptive. But I determined upon waking to pray. Pray about everything. Pray about my thoughts and my mind. And guess what? Holy Spirit brought the comfort that only He can and reminded me of God’s Word.
Finally, believers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable and worthy of respect, whatever is right and confirmed by God’s word, whatever is pure and wholesome, whatever is lovely and brings peace, whatever is admirable and of good repute; if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think continually on these things [center your mind on them, and implant them in your heart]. Philippians 4:8 AMP