Exchange Stress and Anxiety for the Peace of God

What guards your heart and your thoughts? In other words, what allows you to have peace? For Christians, Philippians 4:6-7 is an excellent instruction and reminder to all on how to have the peace of God guarding one’s heart. While both the world and most Christians are worriers, this does not have to be so, or at least not until you remember this passage. Now, it is true that everyone will have times of anxiety. The Lord did, the Apostles did, and so do most Christian leaders today. But, it is the repeated anxiety or long lasting anxiety about worldly things that we should not do. Tragically, most worrying is a result of a lack of faith in God to work things out.

Jesus’ Spirit spoke through the Apostle Paul saying in Philippians 4:6-7,

“In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.”

See, prayer is a way for us to give our problems to God and let Him take care of them. It works. The hearts and thoughts of those who trust God and pray to Him have peace. One way in which counselors help those with anxiety is to have them write down a list of things that they worry about, then write next to each one whether they can control it or not. If they can control it, then they should write how. This is a great exercise. Now, the Christian counselor tells them to pray about it. This is even better. God takes stress away and the weight is lifted right off one’s shoulders.

Notice how we are to make our requests known to God “with thanksgiving”. Knowing what you are thankful for and remembering how God has blessed you helps with anxiety. When people are happy and joyous, they are always thankful.

Here’s a great promise: pray and “And the peace of God, which passes all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.” The peace of God Himself on your heart and your thoughts has to stir interest and great confidence in God and His commands.

What would we have to complain about if we remembered to pray? Christ is right. Anxiety will not add a cubit to your height (Matt. 6:27). Has anyone seen their bills get paid by worrying? Has anyone’s sick relative or friend got better because we worried? Today has all the concern that we need. We just have to let go in prayer and let the Lord take care of us.

Here’s another great promise from Christ. Matthew 6:33, “But seek you first His kingdom, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” These things are food, drink, and clothing.

About Scott J Shifferd

Minister, church of Christ in Jacksonville, FL. Husband and father of four. Email: ScottJon82[at]yahoo.com
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9 Responses to Exchange Stress and Anxiety for the Peace of God

  1. Scott says:

    Sunray,

    I liked where you were going and I don’t disagree with the first half, but we must be careful that though we do not have to be anxious, we all have been. I think of Christ’s sweat drops of blood and His prayer to the Father in the garden. Was Christ anxious? I appreciate your thoughts.

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