Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your request to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7 NIV)
Good vs. Evil
Wanting to write a sweet message with start of Christmas season, share tried and true recipes, and extend a warm hug to each of you…wish it could be this simple. As we turn on the news, open social media, we’re faced with reality. The fight between good vs. evil is on, and this time not on the big screen. Understanding spiritual warfare opens minds to understand the demonic forces at work against The Church/God’s people, and God’s Kingdom. Problems start small and if not dealt with, can balloon beyond control. Anxiety stirs within…and the heart and mind are once again seen together as sources we need to discuss.
As I prayed and asked God, “How do you want your children encouraged?” A warm hug is reaching out…please know that God is for us- not against us. Only the devil and the deceived angels who followed Lucifer, work together to build his demonic world. Inflicting anxiety on individuals is real, much like when a blanket of fear covers with an invisible stronghold. Never say never…the minute we think a bit too highly of ourselves will be when the devil catches grip. Studying God’s Word strengthens, making us Spiritually stronger to out smart the devil, and stand strong on our Spiritual foundation. The more we study God’s Word- asking each time that He will open our minds to understand, He will be faithful.
God’s peace transcends all understanding- covers a multitude of mind boggling situations in this darkened world. The more we pray for God’s light to shine on darkness, more is revealed about certain politicians and more sickening they become. My husband is good about keeping up with what the left sided media is discussing- it’s so outlandish, he can only listen to small bits at a time. Sadly, the most fair and balanced news- Fox is being questioned about direction they are going. What we listen to will be most believed, having to seek deeper for facts on each side of debate- as a good friend reminded me. These left sided medias are deceiving many people, by the lies they tell. Creating stronger waves of anxiety- more in the air span, easier to affect more people.
The steps to overcoming anxiety:
- Rejoice! Rejoice in the Lord, always.
- Let our gentleness be evident to all. A softened heart and kind actions.
- Understand, The Lord is near.
- Present request with Thanksgiving- Be thankful.
Taking steps toward seeking God, The One- True God, we grow in Word knowledge to not only read these steps, take action and follow God’s instructions. If we will do each of these, God’s peace transcending all understanding will guard our hearts and minds. This is huge! We need our hearts and minds protected by the best source- God. Trusting Jesus…allows us to understand evil, yet walk in peace, knowing God is guarding our hearts and minds, which tend to get us in trouble.
Let’s be motivated to take each step serious, and see how God will replace any anxiety with Peace transcending all understanding. God is faithful! Be anxious for nothing. Maybe…sweet Christmas messages soon.