22nd MAY 2020
“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”. –Philippians 4:6
A well-known slow killer disease in the history of humanity is a combination of anxiety and stress. Anxiety not checked leads to depression, confusion, and lack of confidence. Major causes of anxiety are the following: Worries about not making it, fear of poverty, and insecurity. This is majorly so because life is not always easy and there are always moments that we find very difficult to overcome. I also understand that the reason so many go to church is because they desire to live a successful life free from poverty and insecurity, not necessarily because we want to worship God. Beloved, I want you to know that I have also had difficult moments in my life, and I know exactly how you are feeling at the moment. But the truth is that anxiety and fear do not remove problems, rather, they complicate or multiply them. Jesus Christ taught us to live in the PRESENT in order to overcome failure and poverty. As far as the Master is concerned, the troubles of one day are enough for that day. This is because when we think about our pasts and the future, we end up not enjoying the PRESENT with its wonderful gifts. There are so many reasons things would not happen as we plan. These are reasons clearly beyond our controls. This is because you cannot change the universe directly and neither can you change how other people behave. But you can change how you react to any negative influences. If you can accept whatever happens to you as the will of God for you in Christ Jesus, then you would have solved all your problems as well as healing your anxiety. But if you are accusatory or tend to blame others for your travails, then you have lost it and your problems may never get solved. The scripture says, in all things, give thanks to God for that is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. This means also that nothing happens by accident, and God knows it all, and sure would make all things perfect again. If you truly wish to overcome poverty and fear, then the PRINCIPLE is that you refuse to think about the future. Plan very well for the future though, but do not fret or become anxious about whether you will fail or succeed in life. You must remove anxiety from your life! Further to that, if you are already experiencing poverty, and grave insecurity, in order to change your condition for good, the PRINCIPLE is that you must accept what you are experiencing at the moment as the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. This may sound foolish to some of us. But remember that when God gives a commandment, He gives you a miracle in return for your obedience to His command. The reason for thanksgiving in times of trouble, pains, and trauma, is to align your spirit with Christ in you. Remember, Christ in you is the hope of glory. Simply leave all the troubles and pains with Jesus and he will give you a triumphant exit plan. Today’s scripture says, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING, RATHER PRAY FOR EVERYTHING with thanksgiving, then, God will grant you peace and fulfillment. To overcome anxiety, try taking the following steps every day:
1. Pray and spend some time talking to God. Tell Him your heartaches
2. Believe in God’s plan. Our God is a miracle worker.
3. Trust God. It is not easy to trust God, when you feel like things, are out of control, but still, you must keep trusting Him. You must trust God for His grace to abide with you.
4. Thank God for what you are going through and thank Him also for what He is going to do for you.
Father in the name of Jesus Christ, I thank you for today’s word. Lord, I commit everything into your hands. Give me the inner light to comprehend your commandment as well as the inner strength to overcome problems. AMEN.
FURTHER READING: Matthew 6:25-34