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Devotional - week of September 8, 2013


FREE FROM ANXIETY 

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.  Philippians 4:6-7

The thing that Jesus told us not to do more than any other was fear. This shows that such things as fear, worry and anxiety are perhaps a believer’s greatest problems. The words of Philippians 4:6-7 tell us that there is a way to victory. We ask God to remove these negative and destructive ways of thinking with a thankful heart. This is so simple, powerful and wonderful. However, the broader context adds other ways that we can be free from this negative thinking.

In Philippians 4:4-5 Paul writes, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” The Greek word translated rejoice is in a tense that means continual action. We are commanded to continually be filled with joy. When we are rejoicing in the Lord, we do not have time for fear, worry, and anxiety. We rejoice by being filled by the Holy Spirit.

Following his guidance that we pray about our anxieties, Paul writes:

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things.  Philippians 4:8

Paul says to have victory over fears, worries and anxieties we need to take control of our thinking.

When we experience our oneness with Chris in His resurrection by living our oneness with Him in crucifixion, burial and resurrection we are in fellowship with God, we will think the way verse 8 suggests.