“Be not Anxious”

To not be anxious is to cease from worry and letting the cares of the world overwhelm oneself. It’s being at Rest, not because the circumstances are Perfect, but because the Father, the One leading you is perfect in ALL His ways.

How easy it to shift our focus on to ourselves and our circumstances that seem so imperfect and impossible, attempting to take things in our own hands and control situations that are way out of our league. We then acknowledge that step one didn’t work so we attempt step two which is to try and change things which is a sure recipe for disaster.

We acknowledge step one and two don’t work so, we stumble over ourselves and attempt step three which is becoming anxious because we are attempting to do things in our own strength and they just simply don’t work. So now we are anxious and that opens the door for fear to also come in because we don’t know what else to do.

My friend, things cannot be done in our own strength, it’s literally impossible! We simply cannot control things, it too is impossible. We must return to the Way of the Lord, falling upon our faces and acknowledge our sin of doing things our way! We must Surrender! Laying all our Hopes, dreams and desires on the altar before our King and allowing Him to have His way in us and saying as Job did:

“Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him.” ~Job‬ ‭13:15‬ ‭

My friends, anxiety is not a part of God’s plan! It’s simply a tactic the enemy uses to attempt to get our focus off of our Heavenly Father! Let us look at two specific verses that are written in the Word of God that address anxiety and fear.

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” ~II Timothy‬ ‭1:7‬

“Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians‬ ‭4:6-7

Let’s take Note of the pattern we see in the last scripture after He commands us not to be anxious. “but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God”

It is with a heart of gratitude that we are to come before Abba Father with our requests, we also acknowledge that at times it is much easier to be thankful then others. There is always some thing to be thankful for in every situation and it is so important to have a heart of gratitude at all times. Try it, I promise you it will shift your focus❤️

So now we know that it is with a heart of gratitude/thanksgiving that we are to make our requests known to the Father. Just listen to the promises following those first words: “and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

Just let those words speak to your heart, meditate on them and allow the Peace of God to flood over you as you choose to surrender it All to Him🙌🏽

How completely satisfying to turn from our limitations to a God who has none.

~A.W. Tozer

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