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When Christ Displaces Worry

When Christ Displaces Worry

06 December 2010

Today’s Reading: Philippians 1-4

Scripture:

6 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. 7 Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life. (Philippians 4:6-7 MSG)

“Don’t fret or worry!” It can be very frustrating when someone tells you to do something you already know you should do and would do if you knew how, but they don’t give you a clue on how to actually make it work. I hope my teaching and preaching and counsel to others isn’t like that. Yikes!

Paul says, “Don’t fret or worry.” Then he explains very simply and clearly how to follow his wise counsel – “Instead of worrying, pray.”

The instruction is clear and the steps simple – not easy but simple:
• Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers. Address the same concerns, don’t evade, avoid, or deny that they are there and that they are legitimate concerns.
• Use Petitions: Form the worried thoughts into a specific request for God’s help or intervention.
• Use Praises: Mentally, verbally, and even audibly focus on the greatness of our God more than on the size of the worrisome problem.
• Result: Even before the problem is solved, a sense of God’s wholeness and care and ability to help will come and settle you down.

Christ himself will displace worry at the center of your life. If worry is at the center, Christ is marginalized. If Christ is at the center, worry is replaced by peace and anxious thoughts by a sense of God’s wholeness.

Prayer:

Father, This is easier said than done, but the doing is preceded by the words and the words preceded by the thoughts from your Word. I ask you to bring this back to my mind all through the day and help me to make a shift from worry to prayer and praise. Amen.

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