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When Your Mind Burns with The “What-Ifs” 

“What if?” “What if that happens?” “What if the diagnosis is real?” “What if the money never comes in?” “What if I fail?” “What if this doesn’t work out?”

You know those days where your mind starts spinning with the “what ifs?” The towers of stability come crumbling down. The walls of security start collapsing & you just can’t stop thinking about the potential future. The “what ifs” come flood our mind, and it is such a vulnerable place to be. Maybe a health scare… maybe a desperate financial need that needs to be filled.. Maybe it is job rejection after job rejection & you don’t know where to go next. 

You get trapped in the mindset of “what if this happens” or “what if this goes horribly?” “What if the worst outcome comes true?” 

Pangs of “what ifs” can kick our mind in another gear that can spiral uncontrollably to a deep rabbit hole that blinds us from the light of our faith. We question our good, good God. We doubt our faith and our truth. We minimize or forget all the kisses of heaven that God has given us to remind us how He cares for us. The question of asking “what if” isn’t a wrong question or a bad question even, however the continuation of asking “what if” becomes a mindset that can become negative in the snap of a finger. 

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We are built with the mindset of Christ

“For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16).” Having the mind of Christ unlocks so much wisdom, perspective, and truth of the most divine kingdom of God. Our GOD is GOOD. It is so easy to partner with the negative side of “what ifs?” The dreariness, the daunting, and the lingering desperation of imaging the worst. 


When really, our “what if” should be remarkably different as children of God. God truly cares for us, more than any person, any situation, and any dependable source. 

He has the deepest of cares for us. Our “what if” scenarios should not dictate and define the beautiful character of God. His Word is alive and active, and should bring revelation that He is greater than our “what ifs.”

 “Or which one of you, if his son asks him for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him! (Matthew 7:8-11, ESV)” 

Our heavenly Father desires good gifts for us. He is on our side, and on our team. Sometimes circumstances, roadblocks and tough situations make us feel far from God. But He is always near in our “what ifs.” As believers, we must make our “what ifs” in light of the power & authority that we have in Jesus through the Holy Spirit. We are made to battle the what ifs with the TRUTH & PROMISES OF OUR LORD.

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1 Peter 5:7-8 (AMP) holds one of the most profound verses in battling the “what ifs” 

Here is what it says: “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God (set aside self-righteous pride), so that He may exalt you (to a place of honor in His service) at the appropriate time, casting all your cares (all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all) on Him, for He cares about you (with deepest affection and watches over you very carefully).”

When those “what ifs” unexpectedly show up our doorstep & obnoxiously ring the doorbell of our minds, remember that God tells us to cast all of our cares on Him. Every ounce of worry, concern, anxiety can be rested on Him as He is a good, good Father. Imagine how much more He will give you. 

He is the author of peace & protection, the alpha and omega of our lives. 

“What if this is an opportunity for God to miraculously heal?” “What if God shows up in ways that I have never seen before?” “What if this door closed because there is a better door open down the road?”  “What if this is a chance to deepen my relationship with my Lord?”

Contend for the awe and wonder of GOD. Soak in the goodness of God, the peace & comfort He brings. What the enemy meant for evil, God turns to good (Genesis 50:20). 

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So when the “what ifs” storm your mind, here is what you do:

  1. Take the thought captive (2 Corinthians 10:5)
  2. Cast your cares, anxieties, worries, and concerns to the Lord
  3. Be raw and real in your prayer 
  4. Ask for Him to bring peace into your circumstance & heart 
  5. Meditate on God’s word– His word is sharper than any two edged sword
  6. Contend for healing, miracles, touches of heaven, wisdom, and His presence
  7. Know the heart of God, the character of Him
  8. Walk in heavenly authority and prayer

God will take care of you. He knows you, and every detail of your story. Don’t partner with the enemy in the what-ifs. Partner with the goodness and glory of God in your what ifs. 

Seek to know how to bring heaven near & bring His presence into your circumstances.

Let your “what ifs” shake the gates of hell because you operate in the kingdom of faith, not fear.

With all my heart,

Haley

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