Posted by: TLC Fellowship | May 9, 2013

Don’t Let Worry Cloud Your Heart

By Pastor Deborah Reed, Pastor of Life Development at TLC Fellowship

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 (NKJV)

6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.  ~  Philippians 4:6-7 (MSG)

One scripture, two translations, same meaning…don’t worry, pray! That scripture is over 2000 years old.   It’s hard to compare worries of today with those that existed back then. I want to believe that the world today is so much more complicated.  My world is even more complicated than when my parents were at my age:

Facebook was a photo album book. Twitter was a written note on paper pinned to a physical (not virtual) public bulletin board. You didn’t store documents and photos in a “cloud” you put them in a cabinet.  Phones were only used to talk to people and you didn’t know who was calling until you answered.  Their phones didn’t have a mailbox… mailboxes were attached to their home or at the post office, not to a computer.

Just reflecting on all I have to keep track of today can make me anxious. God instructs us not to worry or be anxious. But, trying not to worry causes more anxiousness. No matter what century, there have always been some problems that we humans can’t figure out.  I find the cure by putting what that scripture is saying into one word: SURRENDER! 

I cannot think my way out of worry by myself.  This scripture guides me to let-it-go in prayer. I lay out what I see as the problem and leave it with God. Next, I immediately thank Him for taking it.  Finally, it is God, not me, that quiets my heart.  God sees the problem, the solution, and my heart.

Worry is never the answer.  It’s a painful distraction. But, worry is a natural response. That is precisely why God tells us to pray.  Regardless, of the outcome, I have peace that goes beyond what could be explained. It is the ‘supernatural’ calming and nurturing that only God can administer.  With a calmed spirit, I experience God’s all-knowing presence. I can trust him with the unknown.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Prayer:  Prayer: Dear God, thank you for taking our burdens and worries. Thank you for giving us peace and hope; even before the storm is over.  Just knowing that we never have to face any trial alone is a testimony of Your limitless love. May we be channels of love and not buckets of burdens.

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