This world we live in can sure strike fear in the heart of man. You hear of companies going bankrupt and you fear you will lose your job or something has happened at work and there may be a 'reorganization' thus causing you to be let go. A disease has broken out and you wonder if you may get it. The list could go on. The television news media sure is no friend to maintaining a peaceful gossip free life. Turn on any morning show and let the fear and gossip and speculation begin. 2 Timothy 1:7 says "for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control." When you start to fear think on that verse.
Part of training ourselves in godliness is to purposely make an effort to think on good things. If you want to start worrying then most certainly keep watching the nightly news and there will be more than enough to concern yourself with. We as believers have to rise above the garbage the world throws at us,much of which is untrue anyway. Philippians 4:8 says "Finally brothers whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think on these things."
If you do what it says in Matthew 6:33 and "seek first the kingdom of God.." then perhaps it would alleviate some of the tension created by useless worries and concerns. 1 Peter 5:7 tells us to "cast all our cares on Him, for He cares for us." A spiritual discipline would be to cut things out of your life which are dragging you into the muck and mire of fretfulness. This takes practice and rearranging things we do. Turn to God for He is your hope and strength.
It is a deliberate choice. Decide to get up in the morning and maybe do not pick up the paper first or flip on the TV but turn instead to the promises in God's word and see if that does not help you get out of the chasm of doubts and concerns that may be dragging you down. Try delighting yourself in the Lord. If a situation in your life has you unable to concentrate on anything else just pray and realize God is walking with you and He will see you through. John 14:27 says "Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." Today choose to have peace and not confusion and fear.
PRAYER: Lord I choose this day to think on good things. Worrying about things does not help matters so I chooses this day to think happy and positive thoughts and resist attempts of the enemy to make me think thoughts to put alarm in my heart. I thank you for your word which gives us hope. In Jesus name. Amen.
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