God loves you. “ The Lamb, who was killed before the origin of the world, is a man who has received support, splendor, wisdom, power, refinement, whole month, respect, faith and silt। Let him be glorified forever. ”Now came true Amen। In this world you have received everything but so far Jesus has not believed in Christ, you are the saddest and most righteous man ! The poorest people on earth are not without money but without Jesus Amen ! Your first need and need is the forgiveness of eternal security sins, salvation and eternal life – “ Behold, the Lamb of God who has raised the sin of the world’।And he is atonement for our sins, and not only for us, but also for the sins of the whole world। The only Creator God – Ekmatra Caste Man – Ekkatra Blood Red – Ekkatra Problem Sin – Ekkatra Solution Jesus Christ Do you know that there is eternal life even after the deer only God loves you ! Because God loved the world so much that he gave it to his only born Son – No one who believes in him is unhappy, But he may have eternal life, but God reveals his love for us: Christ died for us when we were sinners। Because you are saved by grace by faith; And it is not from you, it is God’s donation; He who is waking up to my door every day hears me waiting for the pillars of my doors, Blessed is that man। But God reveals his love for us: Christ died for us, while we are sinners। But in all these things we are even more than the winners by him, who loved us। Because I have been completely unarmed, neither death nor life, nor angels, neither the princes, nor the rights, nor the things that come from now, nor the things that come later, neither the heights, nor the deep, Neither any other creation can separate us from the love of God in our Lord Christ Jesus। Love is in this – not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent his Son to be atone for our sins। For God made sin for us, who did not know that we would be the righteousness of God। Jesus said to him: “ Bato, truth and life are me; No one comes to the Father except me. ” Your word is a light for my feet, and a light for my way। I cried before Miramire fell bright; I hope in your word। My eyes are open at night’s guard to meditate on your word। And call me on the day of the storm; I will deliver you, and you will raise me। He cures those with broken hearts and binds them to the ointment of their injuries। You will be in me and ask for whatever you want if my words are in you, and that will be done for you।
Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
WhatsApp
Telegram
Print
Pocket
OK

How Can I ‘Be Anxious for Nothing’ as Philippians 4:6 Says?

Scripture is full of commands concerning

What Does it Mean to ‘Be Anxious for Nothing’ in Phil. 4:6?

Is the solution to just distinguish between real and imagined threats and “Be anxious for nothing”? Yes and no. The solution requires not just a change to how we feel or what we think but a change to who we are, what we do, what we care about, and what we fear. Paul wrote this letter to the church at Philippi as a personal thank you for their care and support both financially and in sending Epaphroditus to care for Paul during his imprisonment (Phil. 1:13; 2:25; 4:16, 18). Paul also addressed some concerns with the church around personal ambition and rivalries and false teachers emphasizing a return to the law and perfection for salvation. Throughout the book, Paul established his expectations for them through a series of contrasts, comparing negative patterns of behavior with his expectations for them through the ultimate example of Christ’s humility through the incarnation, crucifixion, and exaltation. From this ultimate example, Paul compares the Judaizers who are attempting to return the Philippians to the requirements and expectations of the righteousness through personal attainment of the Law, which is impossible and leads to death (Phil. 3:19Rom. 3:20). In Philippians 3, Paul contrasts an earthly focus of personal attainment and independence with a heavenly focus of transformation and dependence. This contrast is critical for understanding his capacity and call for the peace of God to fill us in spite of our circumstances (Phil. 4:7, 9).

Paul’s exhortation to “not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Phil. 4:6) sits within this context of contrasting a life of selfish ambition and personal focus with the attainment of “righteousness from God that depends on faith” (Phil. 3:9) and a focus on Christ (Phil. 3:14). Anxiety is the residue of perceived or desired control when we have none. We do not need to fear or attempt to control our lives, “’What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ … your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matt. 6:31-33). Paul prefaces his encouragement to not be anxious by reminding us, “The Lord is at hand” (Phil. 3:5). The Lord is by our side, attentive to our needs, so why are we trying to handle it ourselves when we really don’t control it anyway? This effort only produces worry and uncertainty, directing our focus away from God and to ourselves. Our focus should be on ultimate things, the realities of life and death that should provoke fear. Jesus redirected His disciples’ focus toward these greater realities when He said, “Do not fear those who can kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matt. 10:28). Don’t be afraid of the shadow of the truck when the truck is bearing down on you! This fear is different, though. Jesus reminds the disciples that His care for us is perfect and His love for us is comprehensive (Matt. 10:31; Jn. 17:23).

What Is Anxiety and Why Do We Experience It?

Before we can define what “Be anxious for nothing” (Phil 4:6) means, it is important to first distinguish between anxiety and fear. Scripture explains a context for fear in the life of the believer, suggesting that there are times both to fear and not fear that are appropriate (Gen 15:1; Gen 42:18; Ex. 20:20; Dt. 6:13; Josh 24:14; Ps. 25:14; Ps. 33:8; Prov. 1:7; Isa. 11:2; Mt. 10:28; Jn 12:15; Phil. 2:12; 2 Tim. 1:7; Heb 13:6; 1 Ptr. 2:17; 1 Jn. 4:18). So, which is it? Should we fear or not fear and what does that mean for being anxious? Fear is defined as an appropriate and learned response to an actual and immediate threat whereas anxiety is the inappropriate or excessive response to the perception of danger or harm out of proportion to the actual threat. To be anxious is to be concerned for something or about something as the object of our focus or intention. Fear is the appropriate response to danger or threat, which is appropriate when we consider the awesome power of God. God is not our equal or peer but is the Creator of the universe and an accurate view of God causes an adjustment in our view of ourselves. 

Job’s response to God’s power and knowledge is to say, “I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted. Who is this that hides counsel without knowledge? Therefore I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know. Hear, and I will speak; I will question you, and you make it known to me. I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you; therefore I despise myself, and repent in dust and ashes” (Job 42:2-6). We fear God because of His power, but we need not fear God at the same time because we have a relationship with God in His power through His Son and the focus of His power is no longer against us, it is for us (Rom. 8:29Heb. 13:6).

We fear things that we don’t understand and cannot control, like issues of life and death. Fear is immediate with an accompanying response to the threat that either resolves the danger or we succumb to the danger. Anxiety is the residue of perceived or desired control when we have none. Anxiety is boxing the shadows and fearing the impact of the punch, cowering and tense in preparation for a blow that we cannot control. We experience anxiety because our body responds to a real threat and perceived threat the same by increasing our heart rate, focus, blood flood to extremities, adrenaline, and cortisol in preparation for response whether the danger is real or imagined. In a culture of persistent triggers for perceived threat and heightened arousal, our minds and bodies are on constant alert for dangers we feel we need to control but cannot.

Is it Possible to Be Anxious for Nothing – If So, How Can We Achieve It?

If it is more than willpower or changing our thinking, how can we follow Paul’s urging and stop being anxious by relying on the person and presence of the Lord? The objects of our affection define the direction of our energy and action. Relinquishing control of our lives and needs to the care of God takes practice and support through the formation of our habits of desire in community. A shift from anxiety experienced in independence and self-sufficiency to peace through dependency on the provision of God requires cooperative practice in the community of the body of Christ. Paul notes the collective nature of the process toward growth in Christ by calling the Philippians to imitate him and the example of those like him (3:17), continuing to learn and grow together in mutual practice (4:9).

We can only be anxious for nothing if the object of our desire is Christ, seeking dependence on His power and provision by relinquishing our life to Him, dying to our own ambitions and demands and having our focus be Christ (Phil. 3:12-14). We do not need to fear death because Christ defeated death at the cross and through the resurrection (1 Cor. 15:20, 55-57) and we now live with new life (Rom. 6:4). The resurrection of Christ from the dead is the guarantee for our own resurrection and we live according to the reality of this promise (Rom. 6:5-6). Habits take time to form and new habits are best formed through accountability and practice with others. We have had a lifetime of this culture molding us to its image of fear, death, and anxiety; cultural change is insufficient, it is only through the corporate transformation of the body of Christ operating in the unity of love, passion, direction, and focus that we reorient our dependence by receiving the implanted Peace of God through holistic and cooperative practice (Phil. 4:8-9).

What Is the Balance between Praying for All Things but Worrying about Nothing?

How do we “pray without ceasing” (1 Thess. 5:17) and “cast all your anxieties on Him” (1 Peter 5:7) while not worrying about anything (Phil. 4:6)? The balance comes with the recognition of the role of responsibility and dependence. Anxiety concerns the focus or aim of our attention or worries and our perception or attempt at controlling them. The balance occurs through the recognition of responsibility for handling these needs when they arise. As Jesus explained in Matthew 6, our food and clothing are realistic needs as created beings, but “The Lord is at hand” (Phil. 4:5) and He knows we need these things and will provide them for us. Praying about these needs does two things for us: one, it supports the process of our conscious release of attempting to control and independently provide these needs for ourselves by relinquishing them to God’s care; and two, it provides the opportunity through dialogue in relationship with God to refine our perception of need, want, and desire with what God desires for us and sees as our needs (Psalm 37:4Matt. 6:32-33).

Each occurrence of anxiety is a reminder for us to check our reliance. Are we resting in the care, provision, peace, and perspective God provides (Heb. 13:6), or are we taking the helm and ordering and orchestrating our needs on our own? Our sin nature consists of a nasty habit of independence and self-reliance and dependence on God and conformity to the person of Christ to break this habit requires the transformation of our affections. To become like Christ, we have to love what He loves and act like He acts (Phil. 2:5). Fortunately, we do not have to pursue Christ alone. The Lord is near and His peace, “which surpasses understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). Habit formation occurs through the relationship with Christ and one another, by the power of the Holy Spirit, directing the object of our attention and affection to Christ in dependence on Him as we cast our cares on Him and He gives us rest (Psalm 55:22; Matt. 28-30; 1 Pet. 5:7).

Further Reading:

Can We Really “Not Be Anxious about Anything”?

What Does it Mean ‘Be Anxious for Nothing’?

10 Practices to Give Anxiety over to God

 

For he that findeth me shall find life, and shall receive mercy from the Lord. But he that sinneth against me, harmeth his own soul; All those who hate me love death.’ Proverb. 8:35-36 But God shows his love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Romans 5:8 He committed no sin, nor was any guile found in his mouth; He did not rebuke in return; He did not threaten when he suffered, but committed himself to the righteous judge. He Himself bore our sins in His own body on the cross, that we might die to sins and live to righteousness; By His stripes you were healed. 1 st. Proverb. 8:35-36 Nor is salvation in any other; For there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Acts 4:12 Jesus said to him: “I am the way, the truth, and the life; No one comes to the Father except through me.” John 14:6 Behold, he comes with the clouds, and every eye shall see him, even those who despise him; And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him. So be it! Amen! Revelation 1:7 And he was clothed in blood; And his name is called ‘Word of God’. Revelation 19:13 “And behold, I come quickly; And I have my reward to give to every man according to his work. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.” Revelation 22:12-13 Note: Today people don’t even have time to go to heaven. Believe in Jesus Christ and you will receive forgiveness of sins, salvation and eternal life.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Related Post

Mindfulness Romans 8:5

Jayamsih..! Welcome to today’s devotion. Mindfulness Romans 8:5 How many people are so preoccupied with their flesh, or things related to it, that they completely

Read More »

Abandonment 1 Peter 2:21

Jayamsih..! Welcome to today’s devotion. Abandonment 1 Peter 2:21 Where does this leave all the people? Where does this true biblical Christianity leave people? Because

Read More »

Soak up every moment

Jayamsih..! Welcome to today’s devotion. Soak up every moment No one has ever had a single bad moment without first being influenced by that badness.

Read More »

Blue Dams of Injury

Jayamsih..! Welcome to today’s devotion. Blue Dams of Injury “Blue Dams of Injury wash away evil…” When we get hurt, the tiny capillaries (blood vessels)

Read More »
Translate »