Wednesday, March 18, 2015

don't worry; instead pray

Some of the most powerful verses are those that grabbed hold of our hearts and minds when we were young.  I heard a man quote some verses and shared how his pastor shared those specific verses almost every Sunday at their church.  Those verses have become something that man holds on to tightly almost every day.

I have some verses that are much the same, and today I want to share them with you.  In fact I will step a little further with some stories and insight.

Before I share, here are the verses.  Please read through them a few times.  You might even want to look at them in another translation of the Bible.  Often I find that reading verses slowly and several times I gain much understanding.  Further, when I take a look at different translations I gain even more.

Read on…

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 Jesus. And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you.

The first two verses are the prime pieces of insight and support that God has graciously brought in to my life for several years.  On many of these occasions these verses brought me to places I could not have gone on my own.

Yet the place that stands out is when I first met Julie and we began a relationship.  I believe these were promises from God to let Him lead.  Trusting God is not always easy.  Being patient is not always easy either.

Since that time these phrases, concepts and truths have been proven strong time and time again.  They ring true and are meant to be lived by.

Don’t worry.

Pray about everything.

Thank God for all.

Then you will experience peace.

Each of those facts take us to new levels with God.  Worry pushes out faith.  Prayer builds faith and pushes out worry.  Peace is the result.  I need that peace in my life as you do too!

The next verse is one I remember learning when our youth group in the mid 1980’s were discipled by our youth minister, Phil Dietz.  What we learned has been a great foundation that God built in our lives that leads to greater days and blessings today. 

Colossians 3:2 says we are to choose what we think about, choose what enters our minds and what we think about for a long time.  Often we need a little guidance to help us know what to think about and what to allow in to our lives.  We might think it is easy to figure out, but we miss the simplest of things because our minds and activities have us going in other directions.

To choose to think about things that honor God our lives will begin to honor God even more.  It is much like the first two verses.  Choosing not to worry and to pray leads to great peace.  Choosing to think on high character and to act upon what we think about leads to even more confidence and peace.

We are told to fix our thoughts.  Choose what you think about.  Put away the wrong things and put in place the right things.  Think on them for a long period of time…

True.  Honorable.  Right.  Pure.  Lovely.  Admirable.  Anything worthy of praise.

Each of those honor God, and if you are following this lead, you want to honor God as I do.  Nothing honors God more than following His example, believing what He says and doing what He says we are to do.  Again, worry pushes out faith while great faith pushes our worry and fear.

Paul, the author of these verses, says we are to put in to practice what we have heard from God and seen from Him.  See the outcome once again.

The outcome is peace.  Loads of real peace is ours as we follow His guidance. 

It is my desire and my prayer that we allow God to build our faith and enjoy His incredible peace!

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