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God Our Provider Pt 4

Phil 4:6 Don’t fret or worry. (TMB)

In Mt 6 (Pt 1) Jesus is teaching His disciples to trust Him to provide for their livelihoods and highlights the biggest threat to trust: ‘WORRY’.  In fact Jesus exhorts them 5 times against worrying. So let’s unpack worry.

In the Greek language the word worry means: To be anxious, to be distracted, to care about, to take thought for, to be troubled about. And the reason Jesus exhorts against worry is because at it’s root, worry is a work of the flesh, it’s dead works and is self righteousness.

Why is this? Because worry is us taking our eyes off Jesus and trying to work things out by ourselves, eg: What if this happens and what if that happens and how can God possibly meet this need etc; such thinking is trying to project into the future by working out what will happen, thus it becomes a self fulfilling prophesy. Which is why the last time Jesus warns against worry in v 34, He says, ‘Do not worry about tomorrow‘. (NIV)

When we worry about tomorrow our minds become distracted, filled with vain imaginations and our thoughts lead us into unreality; satan rides on the back of such thinking and kicks us from pillar to post, draining us emotionally, mentally and spiritually. So how can we stop worrying?

The key is to trust God using His Word so that we replace our thoughts with the thoughts of God’s Word; Eg Let’s apply Phil 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, 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. (NIV)

This Word tells us not to worry but to pray about our problems, commit them to God and thank Him for resolving them. The burden of our problems has now been transferred from us to God. The battle now begins to leave our problems with God or to take them back in our minds and worry about them again.

This is where every time we are tempted to take them back, we confess God’s Word over ourselves, ” No! I will not take my problems back. I leave them with you God. You have said not to be worried or anxious or distracted and have promised to resolve my problems for me”. In so doing we are replacing our thoughts with the thoughts of God’s Word.

This is a battle we must win and can win if we are determined enough. Why do we have to confess God’s Word over ourselves; it’s because confessing God’s Word releases the faith and power that’s locked up inside that Word, enabling us to overcome. The result being that our hearts and minds remain at peace which is the daily birthright for every Christian.

Meditation Point: By confessing God’s Word over myself, I can win the battle of the mind and be at peace.



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