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Do Not Be Anxious!

Philippians 4:6

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

RayMcDWhat – if anything – are we anxious about today? Some of my friends have voiced anxiousness about retirement. Will they have enough to last? When should they retire? Should they work after they retire? Should they travel or save?

What – if anything – are we anxious about today? As some of my friends get older – I have heard anxiousness in some of their voices concerning their health. Should they get long-term care insurance? Should they or when should they move into assisted living quarters? Should they find one that is associated with longer-term care?

What – if anything – are we anxious about today? Some of the folks I talk to and some on Facebook have expressed anxiousness about the upcoming elections. Some say they know who they will NOT vote for and some say they will have a hard time voting for either of the main candidates. Some say one candidate doesn’t have the temperament to be President – flying off the handle too many times for them. Some say the other candidate doesn’t have the character to be President – having lied too many times to the public and congress. There are other concerns about both candidates.

What – if anything – are we anxious about today? One thing were told we shouldn’t be anxious about is our salvation – our relationship with Jesus. Here is today’s passage in partial context. Philippians 4:4–9 – Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 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. 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

In some churches – people are left to doubt their salvation. In some churches – people are left to take their salvation for granted. I believe we shouldn’t take our salvation for granted but neither should we be anxious about it. We can know that we know that we know that we are saved – yet salvation is not merely a set of prayers – it is a changed heart for Christ. Let your gentleness be evident to all.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Come before God with the confidence given us in Christ our Lord. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

The final words in this passage – reminds us – whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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September 2, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , ,

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