Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Greetings fellow sojourners!
This exhortation starts off running. Don’t worry about anything. Not one… single… thing. In everything you do, ask God to help you.
One thing we frequently partake of from this world’s banqueting table is its anxieties. There never seems to be a lack of tempting things to worry about (finances, spouse, kids, elderly parents, health, jobs, friends, future, etc.). Just a thought, but when was the last time you heard someone say, “If only I had more to worry about!” I bet never. Our plates are full. The Lord is providing an alternative, a better way of life when He says His obligations are easy, and His burdens are light (Matthew 11:30)! When we rebelliously decide to go it alone and store up anxious concerns within us, the result will be a mind that is in agony every day (Psalm 13:2). Anxiety is a scheme the enemy uses to dominate, confuse, and derail us. Worry’s endless ability to distract and our personal desire to find our own solution results in us taking our eyes off God and putting them squarely on worldly remedies. When we seek God and wait on him, he gives us his powerful wisdom and understanding.
In contrast, the enemy says, “Look around you, the answer to all your problems lies here in this world’s remedy.” Resist the enemy and decide to give God your whole mind; frailties and all. He will help you.
Don’t leave any portion of your mind inaccessible to the Lord. Allow Him complete access to your questions, concerns, thoughts, hang-ups, doubts, fears, and insecurities. Leave nothing hidden from Him. This path will be the heavenly highway to the healing of your mind and heart. Ask the Lord to set you free from the shackles of slavery you have knowingly or unknowingly wed yourself to by believing the lies of the enemy. Allow the Lord’s wisdom to enter your mind, and His understanding to delight your heart (Proverbs 2:19). He is faithful.
Thank you, Lord, for your priceless gift of grace offered me through the Cross of Christ. Through Christ, I am redeemed out of the clutches of the adversary and lovingly welcomed into the Kingdom of your Son in which I have freedom, acceptance, and provision made available to me so that I may possess your peace which continually guards my heart and mind. I am grateful. Amen.
In His grace,