Philippians 4:6-7 “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ” (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).
It’s only natural for us to worry for something that we’re involved with, especially if we caused the problem. However, at times we worry too much in little thing that has nothing to do with us. Though we didn’t set off a disaster, we tend to worry like we did it. As a matter of fact, worries can easily deteriorate your spirit, soul and body. And those who worry too much, look older than their actual age. They aged so fast because their worries are stressing them out.
On the other hand, some know how to handle worries. What they do is minimize a potential problem by converting it into a positive learning experience. At the end of the day, and when the dust had settled down, they are the last men standing. But there are times you don’t see catastrophe lurking on the horizon. For example when people you loved dearly have requested your help, you then become involved with their needs. Though their concern is not yours, you are now drawn in with them. Guess what? You have just received something to worry about!
Worry operates like fear. Worry creeps in because of the unknown result or unexpected effect of things we fear for. Worry is the opposite of faith. Worry is an expression of negative expectations. Worry always thinks for the worst. How could you live with incessant worry about anything? You can’t.
How to do we respond to worries? Paul said to pray and give thanks to God for the things He has done. Let me give you an example on how to handle worries. Because of the nature and structure of my secular work, we (me and coworkers) have a saying, “Pass the monkey off your shoulder.” It means that when I received a problem or a situation, first thing I must do is to let someone knows about it – make notifications to all concerned personnel immediately, especially my superiors. I don’t ever keep the monkey on my shoulder, if I don’t pass it on it will bite me sooner or later.
“Casting all your care upon Him, for he cares for you” (1 Peter 5:7 NKJV).
The same rule applies with worries. When faced with worries, immediately pass your worries to God. Don’t wait for your worries hold you hostage. Let God knows what’s going on in your mind and in your heart. The earlier you resist the devil, the earlier you overcome his pressures. Pray to God. Speak to Him. God will give you a peace of mind and peace in your heart. Jesus has given us the peace of God. He said, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27 NKJV).
During His earthly ministry, Jesus comforted His disciples not to worry, “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today” (Matthew 6:34 NLT).
It is amazing how Jesus speaks regarding the difficulties in life. He makes them all sound very easy to handle, especially the impossible things in life. When he speaks of healing of sickness and diseases, He tells us to only believe. And now he tells us, “Don’t worry about tomorrow.” How about those who haven’t eaten for days because of extreme poverty and lack? Can we tell them not to worry about tomorrow? But this is Jesus preaching. It sounded like another kind a “hyper-faith” teaching isn’t it? Of course not, Jesus knows what He is talking about. Living in extreme poverty is the result of living outside the Lordship of Christ. David said in Psalms 23, “…the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want…” In Christ, you shall never in want. You shall never pray Lord I want this and I want that, because you have been complete in Christ. Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.
You see, the problem of social engineers or the humanitarians is ignorance of the salvation of God through Christ. Once Jesus rebuked His disciples regarding the poor, “You always have the poor with you but not Me.” Didn’t you understand that no amount of cash can be able to solve the economic downfall of this world? Man, because of his evil nature is greedy. Greed cannot be satisfied by any amount of material and physical wealth.
This world has nothing to offer but emptiness. Only the very life of God fills the void in the spirit of man. Unless a man is born again (born in the spirit), he is lost. Unless a man drinks on the Living Water, he remains thirsty. Unless a man eats the Bread of Life, he remains in hunger. Unless a man opens the door of his heart for Jesus, his life remains in lack.
As a matter of fact, some billionaires live very cheap. Not because they want to live a simple life, but they are so greedy that they don’t know how to share their wealth. Even to the point of not buying an expensive car in order to help the economy moving by putting a little cash out from his billions. That would be like a drop in an ocean.
Don’t worry, but be happy. You are more than conqueror in Christ. You can do all things through Christ. No one can separate you from the love of Christ. You are free from condemnation. Ask God for the impossible for nothing is impossible with God. God is your provider, and He is your help.
Tell God what your needs are and thank Him for everything He has done for you. We know that God has already blessed us with all spiritual blessings, healed us from all sickness and diseases, delivered us from all works of the enemy, and has given us His precious promises. But God wants us to tell Him our needs and give Him thanks for everything God has done. Prayer is a spiritual law. Prayer is inviting God in our lives and allowing Him to live with us, through us, and in us.
And let your prayer be filled with thanksgiving. Give Him all the glory and the honor. Show your gratitude to Him for He is worthy.