You all have probably guessed by now that I enjoy reading and am usually always reading something. In fact, I'm reading three books right now!
Anyway, sometimes you just come across something that is too profound not to share. As I mentioned in my last post, I'm reading Anxious for Nothing by Max Lucado. It honestly just keeps getting better and better. Here's another plug for it. If you are struggling with fear, worry, or anxiety, this book is for you. Also, if you are going through trials and hard times and doubt, this book is for you. If you want to daily trust God more, this book is for you. Did I leave anyone out? Hopefully not!
Lucado bases his book around two verses from Philippians.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
This verse is pretty familiar and has been one I've tried to really apply, especially lately as I've been battling anxiety. But something in verse 7 stood out to me this morning. It was like a revelation to me!
In verse 7 it says, "And the peace of God..." See that little, bold-print word? The peace of God, not the peace from God. Stay with me, it's about to get good! When we pray in every situation and pepper our prayers with thanksgiving, God gives us His own peace.
Let that sink in for a second. I know I had to stop and consider those words.
Lucado explains it so well. He writes that God's very own peace, the peace He is experiencing right now on His throne in Heaven, is the peace that He gives us. No wonder it transcends all understanding. No wonder it has the power to guard our hearts and our minds. No wonder believers can be immersed in life-threatening, heart-breaking situations and say they feel God's peace. That's because it is the very peace of our own God.
So amazing! What a trade off! If we actually do what those verses say, we receive such a gift.
It's hard, I know. You know why? Because one of Satan's most effective tools is fear and worry. He knows if we are afraid, we are no threat to him. Fearful people don't step out of the boat to walk on the water. Fearful people stay safe in their comfort zones.
Let's take some territory from Satan! (I love that phrase!) Stand with me on the promises in Philippians 4:6-7. Pray about every anxious thought or fearful situation. Thank God for who He is and what He has done, is doing, and will do. Then, let God take over and give you peace in that situation. And not just any peace, no. His very own, all-encompassing, indescribable peace.
"I am leaving you with a gift--peace of mind and hear. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don't be troubled or afraid." John 14:27 (NLT)
Hi, I'm Kristen! Just a girl who loves all things Jesus, family, music and food!
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