Philippians 4:6 (Amplified Bible)
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
There are three keys in this verse in overcoming worry. These are commands not suggestions.
We are told “be not careful,” “do not fret,” “do not fear,” “do not be troubled,” and “not to be anxious” or “have any anxiety.” These is said in numberous places throughout the Bible.
So what are our instructions to have victory over worry?
1) We are instructed to BE CAREFUL (worry, troubled, anxious, fear, fret) for NOTHING.” “Be careful for nothing?” the grammar used here is incorrect, but that doesn’t have anything to do with it. (I don’t use proper grammar many times, that is my lack and I apologize. I should learn to write in better way and manner.) But NOTHING, means NOTHING! We are not to worry about anything, nothing at all. But we do, now what?
Recognize worry as worry not concern. Are you being consumed by your thoughts of this situation? If so, you are worrying. Recognize your worry, admit it to yourself and do what we are commanded next.
2) BUT (regardless) in EVERYTHING by PRAYER and SUPPLICATION. We are to worry about nothing because we are to pray about everything. Prayer rests in faith and faith rests in the Word of God. Truth is the antidote (cure, answer) to worry. Only by and through the reading, studying and believing the Truth of God can we combat the lies of the enemy, as he would relish in our worry for situations we have no control over.
The Lord hears our every prayer. He always answers. Never doubt His desire to answer us. His answers may be what we are asking. His answer may be something very different, so be open and a ready listener to what He has for you. His answer may be…the dreaded word…WAIT. There is not one of us that like to wait, but it is probably one of the best answers for us so many of the time. Waiting on the Lord, we learn more of Him. At times in our waiting we may never see the answer or result until “we see Christ.” This needs to be just fine, great with us, don’t want something different. Then there are times He says NO. No is another answer we don’t like, but again it is a good answer. In the NO we learn to seek Him more diligently for His will.
3) We need to have a thankful heart in all we ask in knowing we may receive an answer of WAIT or NO. A thankful heart is a heart that REJOICES in the Lord. A heart that REJOICES is a heart that TRUSTS, full of FAITH, and is a heart at PEACE in BELIEVING.
The Lord has a purpose for all things that concern us. He always hears and answers your prayer. Do not ever think for half a second He has left you in any way or nor did He not hear you. (Duet. 31:6-8; Jos. 1:5; 1 Chron. 28:20; Psalm 37:24-28; Isa. 41:10, 17; Psalm 6:8-9; Psalm 28:1-9; Psalm 116:1-19) Just to use a few verses to answer any questions as you may be asking yourself, “Does God really….?”
Lord bless you and thank you as you have read and listened to these words.
Until next time, love and prayers to you all.
- Cast Your Cares Onto Jesus (transformedintheword.com)
- Whose Battle Is It? (glendamills.com)
- The Anxiety Free Life (fellowshipcove.wordpress.com)
- The little engine that could….stop….worrying!!! (ponderingbylaurie.wordpress.com)