I use to be a control freak and anxiety was my middle name. Everything had to be done exactly how I liked it. I despised change. I like to follow a plan as closely as possible. There is no grey area and absolutely no wiggle room. I had to create a brilliant plan of execution for everything and followed it to the T.
As you know, things will not work out exactly how you want them to work out. Even if you completely follow the plan you created. There are so many uncontrollable variables you will experience in life that even the best laid out plan may have a couple of hiccups.
This created a lot of unnecessary stress and anxiety in my life. I never really understood the concept of “grace”. Everything was black and white. Yes, I knew of God’s grace and mercy. I understood and embraced it. But, my brain just couldn’t wrap itself around the idea of offering that grace to my husband or even myself.
It wasn’t until God softened my heart and helped me to fully embrace Philippians 4:4-8.
This quickly became one of my foundational truths. I normally enjoy the King James or NIV version. But, today, The Message bible has done an amazing job and making this as clear as possible.
“Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!”
“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.”
“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. Put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. Do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies.”
This scripture starts by reminding us to PRAISE GOD.
Regardless of what you are experiencing, you have something to be grateful for. God is worthy to be praised regardless of what the enemy is trying to stir up in your life. So when trials come…REJOICE. This passage ends with clear directives regarding what we need to focus on. Things that are true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious—the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse.
These instructions were written by Pual to the Philippians WHILE HE WAS IN PRISON. Not while he was on vacation or in a beautiful place. Not while he was in his home office preparing for his next sermon. He was literally in prison for preaching the gospel.
Are you going to allow what you are experiencing to keep you from praising God? Things will not always go exactly the way you want them to go. You may be disappointed at times. But, will you allow those situations to create unnecessary anxiety and steal your joy? God forbid.
Be intention. Set your mind. Take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ. (2 Corinthians 10:5) You control what you allow to rest in your mind. Which will you allow to reside in your mind? Victory or Anxiety??
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Stay blessed Sis!
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