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
I was thinking about this verse this morning as I spent quiet time with God.
I began to think about sin and what we, as Christians consider sin. When we say the word sin we think about adultery, drugs, getting drunk, murder, robbery and such things. However, Romans 14:23 teaches us that whatever is not of faith is sin.
Worry and being anxious is not of faith.
Frankly, we are commanded to ‘be anxious for NOTHING.’
That means we are not to fear when are kids have strayed from God. We are not to fear when we don’t have enough money for an upcoming debt. We are not to fear when we experience symptoms in our body. We are not to fear when we don’t know what we are going to do about any given situation.
I know that is not an easy thing to do, but according to the word of God, it is not only possible, but it is what God commands us to do.
So, what do we do when worry wants to overtake us?
1 Peter 5:7 says; casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.
In those times, we can only do one thing, cast the care, ALL of the care, on God. And when we cast that care, we can’t keep rehearsing it with our words, we must make sure our words line up with what we want to see. And yes, saying it over and over again in an email or text IS rehearsing it.
God does not want us to carry around the weight of problems and burdens. God is concerned about everything that happens to us. No worry is too big or too small for Him. When we give God our cares and concerns to God, He promises to give us the peace which passes all understanding (Phil. 4:7).
All my adult life, as a Believer, I have been amazed at how our first thought concerning a situation we can’t fix is normally worry. Why is that? How is it that we are taught worry first and not faith first?
Many of us, like myself, were not raised in worry free home, worry was displayed in front of us. It was what we learned. That’s wrong! I want to teach my daughter and my grandchildren a different way, don’t you?
The word of God says, ‘if it is not faith, it is sin.’ That being said, I thank God that He always gives us a solution to every problem.
While I thought on this today, one of my favorite scriptures came to mind. It is found in 1 John 1:9 and it says; If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.
Here is our answer! Worry is not of faith, therefore we must consider it sin, BUT God says if we will confess it as sin, He is faithful and just to forgive us…that’s good news, but is it not the only good news.
Not only will He forgive us but He will also cleanse us from it! Can you imagine a life completely cleansed from all worry and anxiety? That is what is says, and I personally have applied this scripture to my life many times and God has always done just what He says He will do. Every single time He has forgiven me and cleansed me of all of it.
If your life has been a life of worry, there is hope for you. Cast those cares, all of them on God and confess the sin of worry, God will cleanse you of all worry as you put your trust in Him.
Each time you are tempted to worry, and you will be, declare ‘NO, I have confessed the sin of worry, I am forgiven of it and God is right now, cleansing me of all worry and anxiety, my hope and trust is in Him and He will not fail me.’
If we say we trust God then we must believe He will do all He said He would do. He is faithful and He will keep His word to you, as you keep His word.
Psalm 94:19 in the Living Bible says; Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer.
Don’t you just love that scripture? My prayer for you today is that God would quiet you and give you a renewed hope and joy, in Jesus name. Amen.
Friends, we have a promise from God, one without end. I suggest you begin to confess this scripture over your life each day. Declare this: The fruit of MY RIGHTEOUSNESS is shalom, I am completely sound, prosperous, and whole and I remain safe in God at all times. The effect of MY RIGHTEOUSNESS is quietness and confidence, I am undisturbed, no matter what I hear or see, I am always at peace, I am safe and care-free in God at all times and forever.