WINNING OVER WORRY

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:1-7

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; and do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4-7)

All of us worry about things. We worry about our children, our grandchildren, our jobs, our finances, our future, our health, and the list could go on and on. There is a legitimate concern we should have over all these things, but worry goes beyond that. Worry is being unduly concerned. It is when we are filled with anxiety over things we cannot do anything about. I remember a couple of definitions of worry I have heard. One is — “worry is assuming responsibility that God never intended us to have.” Another defines worry as “an intrusion into the providence of God.”

Worry is a sin. It is being distrustful in the trustworthiness of God. And there is no question that worry and anxiety are detrimental to our well-beling. It is amazing to know how many people are being treated professionally for anxiety.

Years ago I read a little book written by John Haggai entitled, “How to Win over Worry.” John used this passage in Philippians to explain how we can get victory over worry. He developed this simple formula from the text: Praise plus Poise plus Prayer equals Peace. Let’s break the passage down:

PRAISE — “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice” (v. 4).

POISE — “Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is near” (v. 5).

PRAYER — “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God” (v. 6).

PEACE — “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (v. 7).

PRAISE +POISE+PRAYER =PEACE

Lord Jesus, You are the Prince of Peace. Forgive me when I fail to trust You and begin to be filled with anxiety over things I cannot do anything about. Let me rejoice in You and may I rest in Your sovereignty. Enable me to be reasonable and poised, for I know that You are always near to me. Let me cast all my cares upon You because I know that You care for me. Let me experience Your peace, a peace that surpasses all understanding.

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