Learning to not be Anxious

 In his letter to the church at Philippi, the Apostle Paul extorts his fellow believer to "not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

As believers, we are not to fear, we are not to be anxious.  What did Jesus himself say, let tomorrow worry about itself, today has it's own set of problems.

And with those words we hear an "amen" coming in from the back.  We are all familiar with today's own set of problems.  It's hard.  Jesus knows it's hard.  The Apostles experienced the hardship in the first century church.  Paul knew it was hard.  And what does he say?  Prayer and gratitude.  I would add that gratitude flows from a joyful heart.  As John Piper says "God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him".  Satisfaction is the result of a Spirit filled, life that finds joy in Christ alone.

Notice Pauls' directives.  Do not be anxious about anything- but in everything- by prayer and supplication- with thanksgiving.  He gives us the formula.  And when we, as believers, follow the formula, what is the result?  The peace of God- that surpasses all earthly understanding- will guard your hearts and your minds- in Christ Jesus.


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