Confusion! Who Told You That?
“I think you are using confusion as a way to protect yourself from getting hurt.”
My head flying back in disbelief I said, “AH, you have got to be kidding me, I just released fear as my false protector, and now you are saying confusion has come to take its place?” UGH!
My friend had just said something similar to me as I was rambling about my confusion to him before the appointment: “Lindsay, staying confused keeps you from making a decision and that feels safer than stepping into something that you fear either outcome, you are staying safe on the fence.”
Folks, I feared pain, the pain of possible rejection and the pain of it possibly working out. I know, kinda crazy, huh! I feared, so I was controlling through confusion.
I feared, so I was controlling through confusion. That’s really WEIRD.
Fear, control, and confusion often work side by side.
But we have to walk past them, we have to push through them, and that is not always easy, actually, I have found that it can be quite hard. But GOOD NEWS Jesus is right beside us, there to help us, He really is, we just have to ask.
We have to ask Jesus to help us, and then we have to ask ourselves:
- Self, what is confusing to you?
- Self, what do you fear about this particular situation?
- Self, what are you trying to control?
Then, we must ask Jesus the same questions.
Jesus, what are my fears in this situation?
Jesus, what am I trying to control?
Jesus, what part is confusion playing? What am I REALLY confused about?
The confusion comes to bring disorder in our minds. Sometimes it feels safe, but like fear it is a false protector, it’s hiding something that Jesus probably wants to heal.
In 1 Peter 5:8 the Bible says “Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
In the Greek language (the original language of the Bible) the word sober-minded is a verb meaning to exercise self-control.
“self-control” in our mind is what we are going to talk about here. And GOOD NEWS because self-control is a FRUIT of the Holy Spirit, so we don’t really have to muster it up, we can rather, ASK for HIS help!
It’s the simplest of prayers, “Holy Spirit will you help me here”?
The thing is controlling what we believe is an action; it is the renewing of our mind with what God says about us, rather than:
A) What we think ourselves.
B) What the dust people say about us (every human on earth)
Don’t believe all the thoughts you think about yourself, because our minds are influenced by so many different things and this is what causes confusion.
The definition of confusion is a state in which many things are happening in a way that is not controlled or orderly.
“many things are happening” can mean, many things happening around us, many things happening inside of us or many things being spoken over us (by random dust people or directly from the Father of Lies). All of this can cause confusion.
I love what I heard Bible teacher, Beth Moore recently say:
“It’s often important to ask…Who told you that?”
Who told you, you were confused?
Who told you, you were ugly?
Who told you, you were worthless?
Who told you weren’t good enough?
Who told you that?
And ask Holy Spirit to help you!
We must be sober-minded, we must be thoughtful about what we are thinking about, we must ask ourselves, where did that thought come from? And what is the fruit of that thought? Is it peace, joy, contentment? Or is it fear, anxiousness, confusion.
We are in a world with two kingdoms, the Kingdom of Heaven and the kingdom of darkness. Which Kingdom is your thought life coming from? We can all be influenced by both at any minute.
Which Kingdom are you allowing into your mind, to affect your emotions?
God (the God of the Bible) is not a God of confusion, so if you are confused, ask Jesus to show you His truth in your life and your situation. He says He will never leave you or forsake you and that He will always help you through His Spirit (the Holy Spirit). (Hebrews 13:5 and Isaiah 41:10)
Be encouraged, because we are promised that when we ask it will be given to us (Matthew 7:7) and in conjunction with James 1:5 when we ask for wisdom, we can be assured that He will provide what we need.