Thursday, September 08, 2011
Don't suppose I'm an authority on anything, but I have a VERY SIMPLE technique to avoid worrying. It's so simply that I feel almost ashamed to put it on a post, so I'll save it until I give you the scripture that validates the technique.
Philippians 4:6 AMP
Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.
If that scripture doesn't come to the point as directly as you'd like, here's Jesus words on the subject.
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Now you are possibly going to think I'm switching subjects, but not really.
It concerns all the anxiety associated with making preparations for "the holidays." Do you think it's a bit early to move your thoughts in that direction? Well, I definitely recall a magazine years ago saying you should have it all mapped out around Labor Day, and it is post Labor Day.
I discovered a really good blog by Pastor Tony Faeth entitled
A CAREFREE CHRISTMAS.
The ever so simple and to the point solution to freeing yourself from worry is to put the right kind of prayer in its place.