How often do you say, “Oh, my anxiety is so high right now!” How often do you hear someone else say it? Today, we are talking about an anxiety buster!
As we all know, anxiety is so common in the world we live in today. It seems that with all the gadgets and technology that have been developed over the last century, life would be so easy and so peaceful now. But instead, the pace just gets faster and anxiety just gets higher.
Now, we are onto our 3rd and 4th layers in our Plan for Decompression. Isn’t it amazing how God gives us detailed step-by-step directions as He works in our lives? You might be saying, “Not always!” I agree; sometimes He wants us to walk by faith. But, when He does lay them out this clearly, I get excited! God is so good!
Today, as we add more layers to our plan, keep in mind what a loving God we serve. He wants so much for us. As you read this today, I hope you can feel His great love for you!
Philippians 4:5b-6 (from Verses 4-7) ESV
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; 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.”
Verses 5b-6 in The Amplified Bible reads like this:
“The Lord is near – He is coming soon. Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition [definite requests] with thanksgiving continue to make your wants known to God.”
Let’s look closer at Verse 5b:
“The Lord is at hand…”
“The Lord is near – He is coming soon.”
The Greek word for “near” according to my Bible Dictionary translates: near, coming soon, close by.
The Lord is near to us as believers and we know that. His Holy Spirit is in us. So we can know that He is never far from us. He is close to us – right with us. One of His beautiful names is Emmanuel, which means “God with us”.
“…do not be anxious about anything…”
“Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything…”
When we worry and fret the joy of the Lord gets pushed to the back recesses of our hearts and we lose sight of how truly great and powerful He is.
“…but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
“…but in every circumstance and in everything by prayer and petition [definite requests] with thanksgiving continue to make your wants known to God.”
Every circumstance/everything covers it. We are not to fret/worry/be anxious about anything. The only way to do that is to remember that God is present, in control, and trustworthy. This takes me back to keeping Jesus, and what He has done for us, in mind.
Prayer – simply talking to God (I’m not defining to insult your intelligence, just for good form)
Petition/supplication – telling Him specific needs
Thanksgiving – There is always so much to be grateful for! God’s blessings are all around us and in us. Nothing that is bad will ever be able to wipe out all the good things that God has given us – salvation, justification, His presence, His peace, His LOVE!!!
Now, one key here is: This is not an “ask God for everything you want and He will give it to you” situation. With God that is never the case! We must trust Him to do His will, not ours. His will is always best. Always. As we trust Him, anxiety goes down.
Adding Layer 3 & 4
So we start with the 1) Joy of the Lord-Rejoice as our foundation layer: that is joy in our hearts which is a result of our salvation and Him living in us. Then, we add to that 2) Reasonableness that we can have because of His joy in us. Now, we add the fact that 3) the Lord is near which contributes to a 4) beautiful lack of anxiety, as we are actively trusting Him with EVERYTHING.
God is so good! And we still have one more layer for next time! Don’t you just love God’s Word!!??!!
Thank You so much for always leading us and drawing us closer to You, Lord. Help us to live out this amazing plan that You have given us. Please, make Your character clear to us. Help us to know You and Your Word well. Teach us to trust You. I ask that You make each one of us what You want us to be. May we glorify You with our lives. In the beautiful name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen.
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