Food for ThoughtPhilippians 4:6-7 Be Anxious For Nothing
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By Marni Montanez

Philippians 4:6-7 New King James Version

6. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

7. and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Itís not easy living in this world.   It offers nothing that is lasting or secure.  We face death and many tragedies on earth. In order to just survive day to day we must endure all that comes at us.   We learn to close our hearts to others and we build a moat around our emotions. Somehow we have the misconception that being tough and strong will protect us.   The only real problem in that solution is that it closes us off to God and hearing His voice; it also causes us to hide from ourselves.

Our relationship with God is dependent on our vulnerability to Him and trusting that He will protect us.

God is saying if we lean into Him instead of our own fears He can and will keep us safe with the covering of peace. Godís protection is His peace and joy.

The instructions are clear and simple;  Be anxious for nothing, then pray and be thankful. This thankfulness is not about what is happening, but about a belief that something good is coming out of the hard things.   God encourages us to tell Him what is on your mind and when we do these simple things, the peace of God will overshadow us, giving us deeper understanding of who God is in our situation. It is in that peace; the peace of Jesus, that our hearts and minds are safeguarded.  

We have the option of worrying  which pushes us away from Godís presence of peace or we can speak truth into our heart about Godís faithfulness and enter into the presence of God every day with the purposeful commitment to trust Him, surrounding ourselves with unwavering peace.  The choice is always ours to make.

Challenge:   Sit still and bask in the presence of God.   Before getting into worry, pray and thank God for answering your prayer.  Tell Him whatís on your heart and receive His peace.

God bless

Marni

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lamb-rightThe purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.