Worry and fear are often what separate me from God’s presence. The devil knows that I am susceptible to worry, fear, and over analyzing situations, so in order to keep me from worshipping God, he plants little thoughts into my brain. Through reading Max Lucado’s book, Anxious for Nothing, I am reminded that the fastest way to destroy those worrisome thoughts is to fix my eyes back on God.
In Philippians 4:8, Paul gives a formula for thinking in order to achieve his difficult command to “rejoice in the Lord always… Do not be anxious about anything.” (Philippians 4:4,6). He says, “finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things”.
Lucado gives the example of a woman in a difficult situation who found something within her situation that applied to each of these qualifications. While I can’t take credit for this idea, praying to God following these qualifications seems brilliant. I think when I find myself worrying or over thinking, I’ll try to focus on this scripture.
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