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DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING

DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING

Peace In The Valley (Photo by Pastor Davis)

Today, let us focus our attention on the subject at hand, which simply says, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.   (Philippians 4:6 ESV).

My question to you is simple, what are you anxious [worried] about, and why are you anxious about it?  I do realize however, that a lot of you could tick of a long laundry list of things that would make you anxious and by listing them they would make you feel better in some strange way.  I will not tell you to set aside life’s responsibilities so as not to be anxious [worry] about them.  We as Christians are to be responsible for our needs and our families and to care about and be concerned for others, but we are not to worry.  Because worrying can cause other physical and mental problems within your body that can damage your health, so worrying about the many problems in life is never a good thing to do.

In our understanding, the most important reason for a Christian not to worry is because it shows a subtle form of distrust in God.  When a believer worry, you are saying that you do not trust that God will provide and you doubt that he cares or that he can handle your situation.  The antidote to your worrying about life’s problems should be prayer.  You should learn to pray about everything.  Prayer combats worry by allowing us catharsis.  We can off load our stress onto God.  We need to learn how to take all the energy that is used in worrying and put it into prayer.  This includes praying about everything.  No request is too small, difficult, or inconsequential to God.

I tell you this one truth, we as believers should pray about the things we need, then we should thank God for all that he has done in our lives, because if we pause and think about where we are today, we can find plenty to lift up our eyes towards heaven and say, “thank you Jesus,”  “for you have truly brought me a mighty long way.”

Sometimes in our thinking about the problems and complications we are facing in our daily lives, it may seem impossible not to worry about anything, but this can happen if we as believers truly give our worries to God, because worry and prayer cannot coexist.

Therefore, I tell you to stop worry and, “DO NOT BE ANXIOUS ABOUT ANYTHING”

May God’s grace and mercy cover you in all that you seek out in this life, and let your mind abide in Jesus and He will always abide in you.  Certainly you will quickly learn that no weapon formed against you shall prosper.  We have ministered this message to you today from the throne of grace with peace, purpose, power and above all God’s love.  I remain your brother in Jesus Christ, Pastor Davis/Master Teacher!

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6 comments

  1. I think there’s difference between laying one’s cares at the feet of the Lord and worrying that worrying demonstrates a lack of faith. Worrying just means one cares. Certainly going to God with one’s worries and ones joys is always appropriate, that is absolutely true.

    God Bless

    • PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER

      Greetings My Friend, I think you for your comments and the insight you provide in stimulating the conversation of such an important study. We all may not agree on everything, but we can agree to disagree without being disagreeable, and I truly do appreciate you and all that you have to bring to the table.
      Therefore, please allow me to provide you with some additional insight for further study. When Paul wrote this scripture, he was in prison, and he was sending a very clear message to the Philippians to encourage them to “stay true to the Lord.” In this message, Paul was focusing on the believer’s attitudes and trying to show them as they faced persecution in their daily lives, that they should be responsible for their needs and their families and to care about and be concerned for others, but still, they are not to worry. That is why Paul said this to them, ““Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” (Philippians 4:6 ESV). He wanted them to understand that prayer was the key for them to maintaining their faith, and having a change in their attitudes from worry to faith in God, that God would provide for them.
      In (Matthew 6:25-34 ESV), Jesus spoke the same words to us when he said this, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. …
      (Hebrews 11:1) says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Since faith is the evidence of things we cannot yet see, meaning we have complete confidence that God will fulfill his promises, even though we do not yet see any evidence, then why worry?
      Now my friend, let me leave you with the final word found in Proverb, and it says, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.” (Proverb 12:25 ESV).
      Once again, thank you for your insight and may the love of God provide you with much peace and contentment as you continue to spread the gospel and help them that are in need.

      • Don’t get me wrong. I totally agree with that. I’m just saying that feeling worry is being human not necessarily lacking in faith. And you are absolutely right when we take those worries to the Lord we find our Peace in Him through faith. Perhaps its constant worry that may point to a lack of faith?
        It takes faith to take ones worries to Gos after all.

        God Bless

        • PASTOR DAVIS/MASTER TEACHER

          My Friend, thank you once again for your wisdom and knowledge. I truly do appreciate you and your deep thoughts into this subject. It has help to stimulate the conversation and helped a lot of others to understand a great deal more on this subject. As you know a lot of people fear broadcasting their thoughts public. But I have had several emails that expressed various opinions. May God bless you greatly and I do encourage you to keep helping to keep the conversation alive.

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