“Be Anxious for Nothing.”

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It’s hard to believe, in these modern times, where stress is accounted an unavoidable part of life that Paul gave this instruction. Impossible surely? It seems not. The key lies further on.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made know to God and the peace of God, which passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Jesus Christ.” (NKJV Phil. 4:6-7)
Note the part, “the peace of God, which passes all understanding”. The peace that “guards our hearts and minds” from stress and worry is given by God, it’s not something of our own carnal mind. So… how do we get this peace from God to us? The answer lies sandwiched between.
The first element is “prayer and supplication” we pray, passing the problems, the genuine threats, on to God, putting them in His hands with the expectation that He will take care of things. (Sometimes I even act out a little mime. Setting my hand to my heart I “grasp” a problem or fear, labelling it aloud. Then I fling it up to God and grasp the next – this helps me to visualise the procedure making it somehow more definite.)
Thanksgiving is also a huge part. Our minds and tongue cannot be both positive and negative at the same time and we can exercise choice in this matter. The enemy’s minions of fear, doubt, discouragement cannot abide wholehearted praise. You don’t have to feel that way to begin praise, but pretty soon it becomes less of a struggle to find things you are thankful for and genuine, heartfelt praise invades our senses eclipsing stress and anxiety. If nothing else, you can give thanks you are God’s child and you don’t have to fix everything. Sometimes it’s the simple things that are easiest to bring to mind, air, water, the earth, animals, birdsong, many hued flowers, colour itself (imagine if God had made the world purely functional in shades of grey!) There are so many, many wonderful things to be thankful for in creation alone, not to mention all the things He’s blessed us with personally. Soon the praises squeeze out the stress and anxiety, and that non-understandable, immutable, peace of God invades our being, regardless of our circumstances.

2 thoughts on ““Be Anxious for Nothing.”

  1. Running the Race

    This is good.

    I don’t think people believe stress is unavoidable but, instead, think it’s necessary. If people do not have any stress in their lives, they seem to find ways to create some.

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