Do you feel chaotic? Do you feel like your mind is running in a million different directions and all over the place?
The Bible tells us that God is not a God of chaos or confusion. He is the God of peace.
That means our mind can be at peace.
Therefore, don’t let chaos cloud your mind!!
If you’re not sure if your mind is chaotic, it may be that you have become comfortable with chaos.
Here are a few signs:
You don’t feel healthy, or your health is out of control.
Your home and surroundings are a mess or cluttered.
The words that come out of your mouth are chaotic, unkind, or forceful (yelling and angry).
When there is peace on the inside of us, the peace will flow out to our health, surroundings, and relationships.
Mark 4 explains what Jesus’ disciples experienced during a storm.
Mark 4:37 TPT Suddenly, as they were crossing the lake, a ferocious tempest (storm) arose, with violent winds and waves that were crashing into the boat until it was all but swamped. 38 But Jesus was calmly sleeping in the stern, resting on a cushion. 39 So they shook him awake, saying, “Teacher, don’t you even care that we are all about to die!” Fully awake, he rebuked the storm and shouted to the sea, “Hush! Calm down!” All at once the wind stopped howling and the water became perfectly calm.
Just like the disciples, we can have a ferocious emotional storm rise almost unexpectedly. Something somebody says triggers us, and our fuse is so small that the tiniest thing can set us off. Before you know it, we are in the midst of a chaotic storm.
By the way...when your fuse is short, and it doesn’t take much to set you off, that is a sign that your adrenals are depleted, and they need to be “fed” fruits and vegetables to start working properly.
Notice that Jesus was not affected by the storm. He was sleeping at peace. His peace was not dictated by what was going on around Him but by what was going on inside Him.
When the disciples went to Him and asked Him to do something, He got up and answered their cry for help.
Throughout the Bible, God tells us to ask.
Jeremiah 33:3 NLT
Ask me and I will tell you remarkable secrets you do not know about things to come
Matthew 7:7 NLT
“Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.
Mark 11:24 NIV
Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.
John 14:13-14 NIV
And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. 14 You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.
James 4:3 NIV
When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
Jesus does not lose His peace just because you are living in chaos or having chaotic thoughts.
He is peace, and He wants to be your peace, but we have to go to Him and ask.
So what can you do to receive God’s peace?
Do a brain dump and get out all your chaotic thoughts.
Then one by one, give them to God and ASK Him to do something, ask Him for the answer.
Organize something in your home or office that is disorganized. It’s crazy how we are created! When we organize something physically in our world, it can help us internally.
Begin to praise God for who He is. Psalm 149:6 says, “God’s high and holy praises fill their mouths, for their shouted praises are their weapons of war!”
So, go to war against the chaos and begin to praise God. Put on some praise worship songs, sing along and let the praise of God fill you up.
Get comfortable with being uncomfortable. If you are used to a chaotic mind, a peaceful mind will feel very uncomfortable.
My life used to look very chaotic because I was not at peace on the inside. Galatians 5 (TPT) describes what a life of chaos looks like:
19 The cravings of the self-life are obvious: Sexual immorality, lustful thoughts, pornography, 20 chasing after things instead of God, manipulating others, hatred of those who get in your way, senseless arguments, resentment when others are favored, temper tantrums, angry quarrels, only thinking of yourself, being in love with your own opinions, 21 being envious of the blessings of others, murder, uncontrolled addictions,[j] wild parties, and all other similar behavior.
Wow! These are hard to read, especially the ones I have struggled with. As I have asked God to heal me and work on being filled with His peace, these sins of the flesh are ugly.
Go back and read the list and admit which ones you struggle with.
Galatians 5 also tells us what our lives can look like:
22 But the Holy Spirit produces this kind of fruit in our lives: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, and self-control. There is no law against these things!
Ask yourself these questions, which mind would you rather have?
The sins of the flesh or the fruit of the Holy Spirit?
What do you want your marriage to look like? The flesh or the Spirit?
What do you want your children to act like? The flesh or the Spirit?
What do you want to be like at work? The flesh or the Spirit?
You have a choice to live in chaos or to live in Peace.