Sunday, June 10, 2012

Do not be anxious...

Philippians 4:6-7, "do not be anxious about anything, 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 understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.'

Jerry Bridges, in Respectable Sins, lists anxiety and frustration as one of the respectable sins that Christians are prone to tolerate in their lives.  Anxiety and frustration can be a sign of my failing to trust God to take care of me.

Things like deployments, physical fitness tests, Ranger school, family illness, etc., are times where I have faced the most anxiety.

There are two commands: 1. Do not be anxious, 2. Let your requests be made known to God with a promise: The peace of God will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Recently, Ranger School has been causing me a lot of anxiety.  I feel that by applying the principles of this verse, that God has given me peace about it.

 Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees.  Say to those who have an anxious heart, "Be strong; fear not!  Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God.  He will come and save you."  Isaiah 35:3-4

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