When facing the real world, it is hard not to feel stressed! Feverish anxieties, stress, tension, and these little worms of gnawing worries attack us all. Research has shown that anxiety and stress contribute to heart disease, ulcers, loss of memory, blood pressure, sexual dysfunction, diminished immune function, disturbed sleep patterns and other ailments.  But the experts are by no means agreed as to the cure for worry and anxiety.

Writing 2,000 years ago to followers of Jesus at Philippi, Paul gives the challenge not to be anxious, and also gives the biblical solution. “Do not be anxious about anything 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 your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Bring all of our worries and anxieties to the Lord. It may be helpful to name your worries one by one, even possibly writing them out. Scripture is saying that the way to be anxious about nothing is to be prayerful about everything. You are to bring all of your worries to the Lord in prayer. Cast all of your anxieties on the Lord because He cares for you (1 Peter 5:7). “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved” (Psalm 55:22).

The Apostle Paul is encouraging us to be God centered, not problem centered. And as you bring every care to the Lord in prayer you will receive a supernatural peace which “passes all understanding.” Jesus said: “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give it to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid” (John 14:27). Don’t be anxious but experience the tranquility and peace of God in your heart and soul.

Be God-centered, not problem-centered! Seek God with all of your heart, love Him, trust Him, and you will experience His supernatural peace.

Pastor John H. Munro

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