Yesterday I came upon a scripture I know quite well. But when I read it yesterday, it really struck me again.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Such a short verse with such a big message. Do not be anxious about ANYTHING. Tough call hey? You are probably thinking “yeah, easier said than done”. That is exactly what I thought yesterday. How do I get my mind to stop being anxious. How do I stop worrying? I try to think of other things, but before I know it, my mind is back at the problems for which I do not have solutions. Good news – I found the answer.
The answer is right there in the same verse. We need to come before God with thanksgiving. Then His peace will overwhelm us. Do you remember a while ago we spoke about spiritual laws? Here is one of them. If you go to God with thanksgiving, His peace WILL come upon you. It’s a promise. God never goes back on His word. But why the thanksgiving?
In order to give thanks, you have to think of the things God has done.
When you think about the things God has done, you realise how big and mighty God is.
When you realise how big God is, your problems become small in comparison.
When the problems become small, His peace overwhelms you.
Suddenly you have the right perspective again!
Simple formula – right there in front of our eyes all this time!
Let me get you started! Think back about all the times in the past that God came through for you and thank Him for that again – it will remind you again of His goodness, His faithfulness, His power. Think of His power as creator and thank Him for the beautiful sunrise this morning – do you realise that He created the entire universe and keeps it all running? This majestic God, that created everything through a word, has given you the right to walk right into His throne-room for a conversation. Mind-blowing. Be thankful for that privilege. Do you realise that all your sins have been forgiven? Whoa!!! What a reason to rejoice in thankfulness!
Worrying will not add one moment to your life. Worrying will not pay one bill for you. Worrying will not give you the increase you deserve. Worrying will not pay your debt. Worrying will not cure you – in fact, it will kill you.
Shall we exchange our anxiety today for that peace that surpasses all understanding? I think so!