Finally, a chance to write again. I finally had two people in one week ask me about the blog, so it sparked the desire to get back in the saddle and write. I must admit I love to write, as I feel it is an extension of teaching. Teaching involves learning and I hope there is learning taking place on the receiving end of these blogs. I will say this, when you respond with comments learning takes place on my end. I am asking you to comment on these blogs. Share what God teaches you. It will not take a long time, but your comment may minister to me in a powerful way. Your comments are your way of returning the teaching. I know it takes time, but it is worth the time spent when someone reads your comment and is changed! Never underestimate the power of God working through you. Yes, you are powerless, but only when you depend on you! You are mighty, you are strong, when you depend on Jesus. Ok, off the soap box and onto the good stuff, Jesus Christ and His glory.
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. 8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.
Be anxious for nothing, this is a command from Jesus, be anxious for nothing. He left no room for wiggle and certainly made no exceptions. We should not be anxious and worrying about anything. Why? Because Jesus will give you perfect provision in perfect timing. Now He says pray, supplicate, and give thanks in everything, and His peace will guard your heart and mind. Think about this, Jesus is saying, when difficulty comes and worry rears its ugly head, don't let yourself travel down the path of worry. How do you avoid this? By meditating on that which is true, noble, just, pure, lovely, of good report, virtuous and praiseworthy. Do you understand the word meditate? Meditate is not quickly thinking good and then running back to the bad. Try this exercise when you are worried about a difficult situation, or relationship problems, anything, sit down and write down as many things as you can that are good in your life, my list might look like this:
A calling on my life
A beautiful wife
Children that know Jesus
Great sister and brother in law
A wonderful church family
A roof over my head
Clothes on my back
This list can go on and on. You have to write your list not focused on emotion. You may be struggling at work so emotionally you don't want to claim it as a positive. You have a job when many others do not, claim the victory. If you rely on emotion to write your list, then your list will be flawed. Take emotion out of the way, and write your list based on positive truths. Then open a line of prayer to Jesus, giving thanks for all the wonderful things He provides. Pour out praise to Him, talk to Him, tell Him He is awesome, and mighty, powerful and true. Tell Him He is Lord of your life, and all the earth. Tell Him He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. Tell Jesus that you love Him, and you recognize you are nothing without Him. Tell Jesus you want to walk with Him into eternity. Tell Him your love for Him is great. And then feel the peace that surpasses all understanding captivate you and sooth your heart and dissolve your worry. Throughout the day pull out your list, read it and praise Jesus.
Brother Big Daddy