Worried?

 

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I admit I’ve done my share of worrying through the years. You too? But where has it got us?

If worry doesn’t help, what does?

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

“And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Who said this?

These words are from the apostle Paul, addressed to Christians at Philippi in Macedonia.

But these are not simply the words of a man.

Paul preached and wrote by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit (2 Corinthians 2:12-13; 1 Thessalonians 2:13; 2 Peter 3:15-16).

Therefore it is actually God speaking through His servant Paul.

Since God made us, shouldn’t He know what we need most?

What it says

The passage quoted above prescribes the most effective antidote for worry: prayer.

Instead of fretting, pray. Instead of tossing and turning all night, tell the Father.

But there’s more. Paul says our prayer is to be accompanied “with thanksgiving.”

Gratitude gets the focus off our fears and onto the Source of all our blessings.

This passage tells us:

1) What to avoid (worry).

2) What to do instead (pray with thanksgiving).

3) What God promises (peace instead of anxiety).

This promise is for those who belong to Christ.

Guaranteed to work.

 

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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What Comes First?

A test of faith

God assured Israel He would provide if they allowed the land to lie fallow every seventh year. But they didn’t (Leviticus 25:20-21; 26:33-35).

That God takes care of His obedient children is as true today under the New Covenant as under the Mosaic Law.

After urging us not to worry, Jesus reassures us, “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things [food and clothing] will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

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Worry vs. faith

We can worry or we can trust. God would spare us needless anxiety.

But if we give top priority to stocking our pantry and closet, do we really trust Him?

A Christian CPA told me that even during tax season he’s always present when the church assembles.

That’s the kind of faith God can bless!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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Stressed?

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“101 Ways to Relieve Stress” was the title of an attractive poster I saw once. Although it included many good pointers, it lacked a spiritual dimension. About as close as it came was the recommendation to forgive.

Here are two stress-relievers, direct from Scripture, guaranteed to work:

Seek Him!

Your heavenly Father values you above His lesser creatures. He takes care of them, doesn’t He? “But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things [food and clothing] will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

Tell Him!

“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God . . . will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

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This Night

Awake?

I don’t mind insomnia if I can sleep right through it!

What keeps you awake? Worries about finances, family, health, work?

O to sleep as Jesus slept in the storm that so frightened His disciples (Matthew 8:23-27). To sleep as Peter slept in Herod’s prison (Acts 12:1-6).

Asleep!

When night comes, faithful Christians have every reason to relax. We know that “God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose” and that nothing is “able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:28, 38-39).

Like a child snuggled up in Daddy’s arms, we can rest secure in the care of our loving Father.

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Pleasant dreams!

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB: http://www.lockman.org/

Adapted from an article by JDG in the daily devotional guide Power for Today

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