Sunday, August 16, 2020

Be Anxious for Nothing

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Phillipians 4.6 (ESV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

After God had given the promise of an heir to Abram, Sarai his wife in anxiety counseled him to have Hagar her maid for a wife (Genesis 16). Sarai worried about her obvious state of barrenness, her age, and her husband’s. Her worries were legitimate; she was obviously barren, her husband was already 85 years old and she had gone past the age of bearing herself; she was 75 years old. Abram consented to his wife’s counsel and Ismael; a wild man whose hand will be against every man and upon whom every man’s hand shall be against was the result (Genesis 16:12).

Like Sarai, do you have legitimate reasons to worry? Obviously, yes! Why then should God expect you not to worry when He knows that you have obvious reasons to worry? He expects you to trust Him.

A father will be proud when his child in the midst of other children shows that he is dependable. You also will make God proud when even in the face of seemingly impossible situations, you choose to depend on Him by refusing to be anxious or worried.

Know that whenever you worry as a child of God, you are actually doubting God and if that worry is not quickly arrested, your actions will end up confessing that God is incapable of helping you. Note also that decisions made out of anxiety and fear will never glorify God, they will most likely produce an ‘Ismael'.

How then should one handle anxiety or worry? Apostle Peter says it is by casting all your cares upon him (the Lord); for he careth for you (1 Peter 5:7).

Note the use of the word ‘casting’. it shows a present and continuous duty. You will have to continually cast your cares upon the Lord, else, you will be anxious. We do this in the place of prayer. Every time anxiety seems to rise, pray about the matter until the peace of God replaces the anxiety in your heart( see Philippians 4:6-7).

Go into today knowing that no anxiety or worry is from God, and getting anxious or worried is an indication that there is a care that you’re yet to cast upon the Lord.

Prayer: Lord Jesus, help me to always cast my cares upon you and make you proud by living free of all anxieties. Amen!
Dr. Emmanuel James

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