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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. (Phil 4:6-7 NAS).
In the world today, it is easy to fall into anxiety. We do not even need a pressing issue in our own lives for this to happen. But add in personal difficulties and a wrong focus on our part, and we are guaranteed to struggle.
As followers of Christ, we have God's word, the truth to rely upon. We do not need to be anxious, no matter what is going on in our lives. This may sound easier said than done, but all things are possible with God. His peace that surpasses all understanding is guaranteed, provided we follow through as He instructs.
Instead of worrying ourselves into anxiety, we take our concerns to our loving Father in prayer, petition and thanksgiving. Then we leave them there. If they come back, we go again and again until our heart is no longer troubled or afraid.
Next, we change our focus to higher and loftier things. We have a lot to be thankful for and much better things to focus on than our temporary worries and fears. In Christ, we have overcome the world by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. We are greatly loved children of God, ambassadors of the King of kings and citizens of heaven, promised a future beyond our imagination.
If we do things God's way and keep our focus on higher and loftier things, we will experience His peace that overcomes all circumstances. If we do things the way we always have, allowing our hearts to be troubled and afraid, we won't. The choice is ours.
"Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful (John 14:27 NAS).
Jesus poured out His blood for the New Covenant of grace and truth, replacing the Old Covenant law of Moses. Believers are exclusively under the New Covenant, the last will and testament of Jesus that began after the cross.
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, "This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood” (Luke 22:20).
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