Wednesday, February 4, 2015

From Worry To Peace

“From Worry To Peace”
By Zach Wood
Philippians 4:6-7 (NLT)
"Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."

If there is one thing we are all good at, it is worrying.  We all have varying degrees of how much we worry, but every human being worries at one time or another.  No one is excluded from this problem.  As much as Jesus told us not to worry, we still find it necessary, for some reason, to continue worrying and dwelling on things that haven’t happened yet or might happen.

You know what really feels wonderful?  When we finally give our worries over to God, let Him be in complete control and experience peace.  There’s nothing else like the peace of God surging through your body and taking away the worries.  When we focus each day on letting God be in control and not focus on our minds so much on the things of the day, there’s an unexplainable peace that fills us.

The first line of this passage is very important.  Paul says not to worry about anything, but to pray about everything.  I am ashamed that I have a past of being a worry-wart.  I don’t try to be, but it’s in my blood somehow and I have to daily put my trust in God and let Him be in control so that I don’t make my blood pressure sky-rocket!  I often let worry consume me and focus on things that haven’t even happened. 

I’m also ashamed that I often find myself not focusing on praying through things.  I encourage others to pray, but so often I myself fail at being faithful in my prayers life about things I’m worrying about.  I’m sure many of you, if not most, struggle with this exact same problem.  When we finally let go of worrying and pray that God will fill us and guide us, we feel a peace that we cannot explain.  The worries of the world then seem to fade from our minds and hearts.

If we want to experience true peace from God, then we need to let go of the worries we have and let Him be in control, every day, all day.  It is indeed hard to do, but it’s possible only through God.  

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