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Be anxious for nothing.

Posted by appolus on March 11, 2015

Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Php 4:6-7)

A favorite verse from a favorite book of mine. Yet there was a whole year it was not my favorite verse. That is how long the Lord made me dwell on this one Scripture. And time and time again in that year I was tested on it and I failed. I still fail occasionally. I was a man who feared everything. Now I am not talking about before coming to Christ at the age of 27, although that was surely true. No, I am talking about somewhere between 10-15 years after coming to Jesus and I have been saved now for 23 years. I was plagued by fear and anxiety and that included the fear of man and the desire to please man. I hid it very well, but at the root of it all was a deeply insecure man whom God was working on. There were two things that brought me victory over this. First and foremost was the Word of God. I could not get away from the instructions that I read in the verse above. If the Lord has commanded me to be anxious for nothing, then it must be possible. And the second key which came as a revelation to me at the end of that year was this, and people will say I am harsh but I am simply being truthful, to be fearful, to be anxious was, at it’s very core, sin. I was so astounded when the Lord opened that up to me, and He did not do it in a condemning way, it was simply shown to me as a matter of fact. I became deeply ashamed at this revelation from God. The God whom I proudly told people was to be trusted in all things, for their very eternal souls, I was, on a daily basis, not trusting Him.

People will say ” well I am just a born worrier, it’s in my nature.” Listen brothers and sisters whose nature resides in you? If we should decrease so that He may increase, then should not our anxieties be decreasing every year we are in the Lord? Or, is fear and insecurity triumphing in your life over the call of God? Let me give you a very simple personal example from my own life. In my life, in my nature I am an eminently practical man. I typically know what must be done and I do not consider any of these things rocket science. And so many years ago I got a terrible call from Scotland. My sister had collapsed and was in a coma. She had suffered a brain aneurism. She was not expected to make it. I needed to come home right away. I arranged a flight that very night and I was to fly out in the morning. As I hurriedly packed, I got on the phone again with my mum and asked her whose report are you going to believe? Did not the Lord promise you your daughter would be saved? Then how is it that you believe she is going to die? Either the doctors were wrong or God’s promise would not be fulfilled. Sounds wonderful right? Just minutes after getting off the phone I was grabbing my black suit and about to pack it. Now I know why I was packing that suit, practical man that I am. And you know what the Lord said to me ” put that suit back.” I would like to report to you that I began to rejoice that God was going to save my sister and that I joyfully put that suit back. But that would not be true, that suit went back and forward quite a few times. My very nature and unbelief was struggling with the word the Lord had spoken to me. I left the suit and my sister did not die.

The promises of God. Do we believe them? When God tells us to consider the lily’s of the field, how they neither toil nor spin and yet Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed with such splendor Therefore if He so cares about the grass of the field and every sparrow that falls from the sky, how much more does He care and know and meet your needs? Anxiety is just another name for fear and we know that God has not given us such a spirit. Rather He has given us a Spirit of power and love and a sound mind. When we take God at His word then we will have a peace that surpasses all understanding and Christ Himself will guard your heart and mind. Remember saints, and I do not remind you to put you in any kind of bondage, quite the opposite in fact. To live in fear is to live in sin. Are you living in fear today? Note that I said ” living,” or I could have said “practicing.” God’s word promises that we do no have to live in fear/sin. Faith is the opposite and the antidote to sin and fear. Trusting and resting in God and in His word and in His promises, that is for you saint. You can be victorious over this, and any voice you hear that says differently is a lie from the pit of hell. He whom the Son sets free is free indeed. Begin today to trust in God and live a victorious overcoming life.

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