Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; 6 in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. NIV
This verse is key to defeating mental sin. Trust in the Lord, not your head, not your overreactions. You have to overcome the idea that just because you THINK it, it must be true. You must overcome the concept that just because something feels right or you feel something strongly, that it must be reality.
The fact is that our minds, our perceptions, are incredibly unreliable. Each moment of each day, each thought, each action we take, each thing we see, and each reaction we have to anyone or anything is swayed by our past experience, our sleep levels, our hormone levels, our blood sugar levels, our attitude at the moment. No one is completely objective on earth.
We can feel something very strongly, but it be totally unfounded. In fact, with anxiety, ocd, and panic, we experience that every day—it is how the disorder works.
Let’s say that your fear is riding in a car. You are convinced that you could get into a wreck and get hurt. This fear has kept you in bondage at home—you simply are too afraid to get into a car.
Now, consider this: is it really possible that every time you get into a car, you will have a wreck? No, of course not. Is it also possible that you never get into a wreck? Yes! Severe injuries from car accidents are rare, and many can be prevented. But you are acting like your fear is 100% valid 100% of the time. In your mind, you must avoid each and every opportunity to get into a car because each opportunity has 100% chance of ending up with you in a wreck, and if you don’t get into a wreck, you just barely escaped.
Now you might say that that is not reasonable, but you act as if that was reasonable. You are trusting your understanding, even though you yourself know that your understanding is flawed.
This verse is about putting yourself aside. Your understanding is flawed, especially since your brain is not healthy. In fact, if anyone should not be making decisions about what is right in terms of fear, it’s you. Frankly, you are the least able person to think rationally about your fear. Seriously, you are just really bad at it right now.
That is ok though, the Lord is rational. He does know what is good for you. He has plans for you, and those plans do not include a lifetime of fear.
Jer 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. NIV
Joh 10:10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. NIV
Ro 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. NIV
So you must:
-Trust in the Lord with all of your heart (that means put aside what you feel)
-Lean not on your own understanding (which means do not let your brain try to override your faith).
-In all your ways acknowledge Him (put Him first, not your fear first!)
-And He will make your path straight (He will give you the wisdom you need, the tools you need, the direction you need. He will give you everything you need if you keep your eyes on Him. You can’t follow something you aren’t looking at, you must keep your focus on HIM!).