Philippians 4:6-7

Don’t Take Care or Stress


Philippians 4:6-7 be anxious for nothing but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God and the peace of God which surpasses all comprehension will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus I read that one time and I said be anxious for nothing and somebody piped up and said I’m not anxious for nothing I got all kinds of reasons to be anxious it is interesting what Paul is saying here we’re not to take care we’re not to take stress what does it mean to be anxious it means take a lot of cares upon yourself here’s an amazing thing people say this to each other all the time when they leave, they say take care I looked that word up you know what care means? anxiety, stress, worry and concern about the future and we say take care many times I’ve recently said when somebody says take care I say take it yourself Yeshua told us not to take care I don’t need more care and I understand what they’re saying I don’t object to people saying that, but really words do mean things and so Paul says here don’t take care upon yourselves be anxious for nothing we’ve been talking about things that stress people out and put pressure on people the third thing that we find in this passage in Philippians 3 and 4 that brings great stress and pressure is caring about things that really don’t matter we find a lot of people many times end up stressing out over things that really aren’t important you find Yeshua when He was in Bethany in the home of Mary and Martha Martha was stressing out over all kinds of practical details and in the end Yeshua said let it go, let it go it’s ok, those things are important but they don’t really matter an older man who was in his 90’s they asked him what have you learned in life how would you sum it up what would you say would be the most important thing you’ve learned in life and the old man thought about it for a moment and he said well….. I’d put it about this way it all matters but not much what does that mean? that’s basically what Yeshua told Mary there are only a couple of really important things I’ll tell you what they are right now love God with all your heart love and bless people around you fulfill a purpose and destiny if you do those three things you’ll be a joyful man or woman on the other hand if you get all stressed out about money you get all stressed out about people people around you that aren’t doing what they’re supposed to be doing trying to change people fearful about money worried about the poilitcal situation worried about this and that you’ll be unhappy most of your life you’ll be all stressed out you won’t be rejoicing like Paul told us to so what do you do what do you do to be anxious for nothing here’s what it is pray and get God’s plan for your work pray and get God’s plan for your life then find, as we’ve been talking about find a Paul find a mentor somebody to disciple you get the plan follow the pattern don’t run ahead of the LORD don’t deviate from the plan let God preserve your heart in His peace that’s what we just read don’t be anxious for anything by prayer and supplication and thanksgiving let your requests be known to God let God know what you need and God will supply God will provide you can be prepared for opposition will there be enemies, sure will there be circumstances that don’t go your way, sure be prepared for seasonal fluctuations in the end opposition doesn’t matter fluctuation seasonal fluctuations don’t matter circumstances don’t matter why, because if you persevere you press through God is your source you know that you’ve got God’s plan and your goal is to serve humanity to bless people to love God to fulfill your destiny and purpose you’ll rejoice everyday you’ll overcome everyday you’ll accomplish what God has called you to accomplish that day and here’s what Paul said I love this and the peace of God which surpasses all understanding what does that mean all comprehension that means people look at you and go how can you be in peace with all this turmoil going on around you very simple the LORD is my source I know my purpose I’m persevering I’m pressing through and whatever is going on in my life that’s all kinds of turmoil here’s what I know it’s only temporary it’s not permanent the enemy always comes along and says what’s temporary is permanent, it’ll never change not true so if you let the peace of God reign in your heart you trust God God will guard your heart and mind in Christ Jesus you’ll fulfill His purpose and don’t sweat all the stuff around you don’t take on a lot of anxiety stress and pressure about things that in the long term really have no eternal consequence so if you do that you’ll walk in God’s Peace everyday so I pray for you today that you would walk in God’s peace that you would be anxious for nothing I pray that you would hear God’s voice leading you specifically that you would walk in the destiny and purpose that God has called you to and that you would fulfill what God has called you to accomplish in this day just in this day I pray that for you and that God’s peace would reign in your heart in the mighty name of Yeshua Amen


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