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September 14, 2016, 12:00 AM

Don't Be Anxious



Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. May His peace guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

“Be not anxious!” Declares the Lord, yet fear cripples the lives of many today – including many within the church. Terrorism. Financial ruin. Crumbling marriages. Wayward children. Health concerns. Pending elections. Natural disasters. On and on the list goes. Like waves of a tsunami, fears crash into our minds leaving desolation in its wake. 

It is into the worst of these scenarios that our minds can concoct that the Lord breaks in and declares: “Fear not! For I am with you.” Do we believe that? Do we honestly and wholeheartedly believe that God – the One who created all things and holds them together – is big enough to handle whatever it is that is pressing in on us today? Thomas á Kempis writes: “To preserve peace in time of trouble our will must remain firm in God and be ever directed towards Him, that is, we should be disposed to receive all things from the hand of God, from His justice, and from His bounty, with humble submission to His blessed will. Good and evil, health and sickness, prosperity and adversity, consolation and dryness, temptation and tranquility, interior sweetness, trials, and chastisements, all should be received by the soul with humility, patience, and resignation, as coming to us by the appointment of God. This is the only means of finding peace in the midst of great troubles and adversities.

Take heart my friends! Take your stand on the power and trustworthiness of Almighty God, and see how quickly all difficulties will vanish before a steadfast determination to believe. Trust in the dark, trust in the light, trust at night and trust in the morning, and you will find that the faith which may begin by mighty effort, will end sooner or later by becoming the easy and natural habit of the soul. In closing, I invite you to pray the following prayer with me: O God! Who is able and willing to assist me, what grounds have I not to place my whole confidence in you, to throw myself into the arms of your providence, and wait the effects of your bounty? You have care of all. I will therefore give myself up entirely to you, live always in your presence, and ever guide myself by you fear and love. It is this grace I now ask of you, the God of my heart, and my portion forever. Grant me to weigh well and to follow your admonition: “Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Amen. 

You are Loved!
Pastor Jason Stevens
 


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