God's Prescription for Worry
Don't worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. Tell God your needs and don't forget to thank Him for the answers. Now as you do this, you will experience God's peace which is far more wonderful than the human mind can understand. His peace will keep your thoughts and your minds quiet and at rest as you trust in Christ Jesus.
You may think, "Those are encouraging words. Where did they come from? Who said them?" They came from the Holy Spirit. This is a paraphrase of Philippians 4:6-7 as found in the Living Bible. You may say, "Yes, but that is a paraphrase. How do I know if that is what it really says, if the wording is that strong?" If it is, most of us have some thinking to do about the concept of worry.
This week I have considered the original version and taken each word one at a time to see if that is really what this verse says. I have come to the conclusion that this paraphrase does not do it justice. I believe the impact of the verse is much stronger than that. Let's take Philippians 4:6-7 and dissect it one word at a time. Let's look at the Kings Version translation -
Phil. 4:6 Be careful (or anxious) for nothing;
The word "Be" is a form of command. It is a command that expects a response. For instance if you call your children and say, "I am leaving for a while. I want you to "be" good." You are not outlining a series of options for the children, one of which is to be good, one of which is to be bad and one of which is to be fairly good. You are giving the children a set of instructions with the expectation of response. If you tell the children, "Dinner will be ready at 6:00. I want you to "be" ready at that time." You are not saying that you will have dinner around 6:00 and if it is convenient come at 3:00, 5:00 or 7:00. You have given a command that carries with it an expectation of response.
This is the same word that is used in Scripture,
"Be" filled with the Holy Spirit.
It is the same word that is used,
"Be" ye kind, one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another.
This is the same word,
"Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.
What we have to begin with is to realize that is passage is an instruction, a command. This is not an option.
With that in mind, we go to the next word, "careful" or in more modern translations, "anxious". It is a Greek word, marame'o. This means to be filled with care or to be drawn in different directions; to have a worry or distracting care; to be in a state of anxiety or distress. This word is used in only a few places in the New Testament. The best use of this word is found in Luke 10:41 where Jesus said,
"Martha, Martha, thou art anxious about many things."
So what we have learned so far is that we are commanded in this passage about the subject of anxiety or worry and being distracted and carried around by cares of the world or controlled by our distractions.
What are we to be anxious over? The next two words say, for nothing. The word "for" means over or about. The word "nothing" means absolutely no thing. It means without exception, any circumstance, any instance, any thing or any need is not or ever will be according to this verse, justification by God for worry. Be anxious over no thing. There are no exceptions.
This in itself would be a command we couldn't fulfill. It would be very frustrating were it not for the rest of the verse. But God in His beautiful grace always goes on to gives us the vehicle or transportation to accomplish His commands. So here comes the little word, "but". This means an alternate, conflicting choice. We have a choice. Instead of being anxious, what we can do is follow the following prescription. Here is God's Prescription for Worry -
but in every thing
This means in or through or in the midst of every circumstance without exception. Without exception, every circumstance, incident or need can be handled without worry. Now I am not saying that I do this all of the time, but I am saying this is what Scripture says. It is the standard by which God wants us to operate.
So, how do we do it? The little word, "by" is the vehicle or means by which we can accomplish this. God gives us a package deal. He gives us a Prayer Package. Most of us like the middle part of the package. However, the package never goes alone, it is always together -
by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving
There are three things that come in the package, prayer, supplication and thanksgiving. You cannot separate these. We love the supplication. We love the asking. That is what we call prayer.
The first word is "prayer". The Greek word is proseuke. This means to communicate with God to attain His perspective. It is communicating with God about a circumstance or situation for the purpose of attaining His perspective. You will see the principle arranged in the disciple's prayer,
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. For Thine is the kingdom and Thine is the power and Thine is the glory forever and ever.
This is God's perspective.
When we have entered into prayer and worshipped and spent time with God getting His perspective, then we are ready for supplication. The Greek word for supplication is denois. This means a specific expression of a specific need. It means asking when and where there is a need.
The third part of this is the Greek word eucharistia which literally means an expression of gratitude. This same word is found in Colossians 2:7 and 2 Corinthians 4:15. It is an act of the will thanking God for something received or something promised. So this is God's prayer package. It consists of prayer, communicating with God to get His perspective, then asking for the need. The last step is beginning the process of thanksgiving.
God says to do this,
let your requests be made known unto God.
God does not say let your "needs" be made known unto God. In Matthew 6:8 and in Luke 12:30, we read that God knows what we need before we ask. So we are not told to let our needs be made known unto God because He already knows them. We are told to make our "requests" be made known to God. That is what He wants to hear. The fact that He knows our needs does not mean that He answers them without our asking for them. That is why Jesus said, "Ask and you shall receive. Seek and you shall find. Knock and it shall be opened unto you." The faith required and the perspective generated by asking is what God is after. We are to let our requests be made known unto God and if you do that, there is a proportionate promise. The degree to which you do this is the degree to which you will receive the results of the prescription. The results are this -
Phil. 4:7 And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding,
Let's look at what this means. It literally means "the peace which God has." How many of you would have enough information in order to write an essay about how God gets worried? Have you ever seen God worry? Have you ever seen Him anxious? Have you ever seen Him frustrated? Have you ever seen Him fearful of the future? Have you ever seen the details of life overcome Him?
The literal translation, "the peace of God" does not mean an imitation of God's kind of peace. Nor does it mean peace with God, we are given that at the cross. It does mean the degree to which you toss your cares on God as 1 Peter 5:7 says, casting all of your cares upon Him. If you are a fisherman, when you cast something you do not just go out into the water and hand something to the fish and draw it back. You throw out your line, you cast it out. When you cast your cares upon Him, He will fill you with the very character of God Himself which is His peace. This is a promise.
This is the peace which passes, huberesko, which means to go beyond or surpass. It surpasses all understanding. The word literally means intelligent insight which produces action. In other words, the human mind, even the Christian mind, cannot totally understand or comprehend the peace of God. Be that as it may, it is a gift given to every believer who takes his worries and gives them to God one at a time through prayer, supplication and thanksgiving.
What happens and what does that peace do? This peace
shall keep your hearts and minds
The word keep is the Greek word phraeao which literally means a garrison or to garrison about. It is the same word used to describe "keep" in the center of the castle where the enemy could not approach and take over. It is not the same word that is used to keep your mind focused on, but it has with it the context of enforceable power. It is the same word used in 1 Peter 1:5 -
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead to an inheritance which is incorruptible and undefiled that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you who are kept by the power of God.
It is a word that means to garrison about in such a way that the enemy cannot intrude upon your salvation. That is the word that is used relating to the peace that is given when we trade our worries for God's peace at the throne of grace. It will keep our hearts, which is the point of our vulnerability, and it will keep our minds, which is the point of our accessibility, through Christ Jesus, this is the end of the verse. Through Christ Jesus means through His energy, not ours.
Now we are going to have the V.A.T., Very Amplified Translation, of Philippians 4:6-7 based on this understanding. Let's re-defined these two verses according to what we have learned.
You are instructed by God and therefore expected to never at any time be controlled by anxiety or distracted by worries. In contrast, you are instructed by God and therefore expected to face very circumstance or need in the following way. First, communicate with God until you gain His perspective. Secondly, specifically ask where there are specific needs. Thirdly, offer up praise and gratitude even in advance. By doing this, you receive a proportionate guarantee that God will envelop you and surround you, giving you His tranquil responses and thoughts, energized by the power of Jesus Himself.
This is what Philippians 4:6-7 says. If this is what it literally means, then God has revoked your license to worry. Tear it up. It is no good anymore. In essence, there are three basic enemies to the grace of God. These are, works, worth and worry. Works are those things we can do to merit God's favor, and they destroy the meaning of His work. Worth is what we can be to merit God's favor and that destroys the meaning of His worth. Worry is what we can be anxious over to frustrate the sovereignty of God and that rebukes His word and His ways.
These three things are enemies of God, works, worth and worry. We focused this lesson on worry and what it does to alter our Christian perspective. It is a deception of the enemy designed to take our eyes off of the Lord.
Have you ever noticed that we Christians can handle the big things of life? Most of us can handle the oil crisis. We look at it from a broad perspective. Most of us can even talk in bold terms about inflation. We can handle the Israeli war by speaking in terms of Scriptural promises. These are the big things of life that we Christians can often handle well.
However, most of us are Walt Disney Christians. The reason is that the things we worry about are mostly Mickey Mouse. It is the little things that get us. We can handle the biggies and all of a sudden we will trip over an ant hill. We can climb over the mountain and then fall over a pebble.
Let's honestly define worry. It is the process of believing that God cannot meet your needs. What is worry? It is assuming responsibilities that God never intended us to have. What is worry? It is carrying burdens designed for the shoulders of God. What is worry? It is man's attempt to pretend he is God.
What are some of the things we worry about? We worry about acceptance even though Scripture tells us very clearly that we have been accepted as Beloved of God. Even though your mother and father may let you down, the Lord will lift you up. We have been instructed in Scripture that
"you know the thoughts I think towards you," saith the Lord, "thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you an expected end."
Yet we worry about acceptance.
We worry about the enemy, don't we? We wonder what he is going to do next. The Scripture very plainly says,
Be strong and of good courage. Be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed, for the Lord is with thee where thou goest.
He has promised us that no enemy shall have the upper hand with us, yet we worry.
We worry about our provisions, but the Lord has said,
My God shall supply all of your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Consider the lilies of the field, they toil not, neither do they spin, yet Solomon in all of his glory was not arrayed as one of these.
We worry about what to say, yet the Scripture tells us that the Holy Spirit in the proper moment will give us the words to speak.
We worry about tomorrow but God has promised us,
Fear not about tomorrow, God will take care of your tomorrows. Live one day at a time.
We worry about death but we are told it is appointed unto man once to die, but after that the judgment. We are told of a new Jerusalem and a new heaven and a new earth coming down for us. There will be no tears, no fear, no pain and no sin.
We worry about our businesses. We are told
what profits us if we gain the whole world but have lost our own souls?
So the problem is that our worries are based on a wrong perspective. Our perspective is of things, flesh and world. God's perspective concerns things of the spirit, things that are eternal. Because of this conflict, we feel that we have to play God and rob Him of His sovereignty.
I want to give you an outline for this lesson.
I. The Principle - Philippians 4:6-7
II. The Portrait - 2 Chronicles 19 and 20
A. The Prelude - 2 Chronicles 19:4-11
B. The Panic - 2 Chronicles 20
1. The warfare
2. The warning
3. The worry
4. The way to respond
C. The Prayer
D. The Plan
E. The Praise
F. The Process
G. The Postscript
III. The Practicality
I want to give you an observation to think about in the days to come. I believe in the most part, we find the principles in the New Testament. We find the portraits that explain the principles dynamically expressed through the children of Israel in the Old Testament. You will notice that if you are interested in concepts of growth, spiritual warfare, obedience, God's faithfulness and many other topics, you will find the principles clearly defined in the Word in the New Testament. But you can then go back into the Old Testament and examine the children of Israel as they lived and ate and breathed in the presence of God. They portrayed those principles through God's perspective, man's response and the consequences.
What we are going to do is to take a look at the portrait of Philippians 4:6-7 as seen in 2 Chronicles 19 and 20. I am going to ask you to superimpose the Philippians passage one phrase at a time onto the 2 Chronicles passage. This passage begins with Jehosaphat.
Now there were three things that happened in Jehosaphat's realm that led up to this illustration of worry. These three things were repentance (verse 4), restoration of order (verses 5-6) and reverence (verses 7-11). Let's turn to that passage now -
2 Chronicles 19:4 And Jehoshaphat dwelt at Jerusalem: and he went out again through the people from Beersheba to mount Ephraim, and brought them back unto the LORD God of their fathers.
This is the repentance. The children of Israel had turned back to God. We continue -
5 And he set judges in the land throughout all the fenced cities of Judah, city by city,
6 And said to the judges, "Take heed what ye do: for ye judge not for man, but for the LORD, who is with you in the judgment."
Secondly we see in the next two verses that he restored order back to the land by sending judges throughout all of the land. He told them to be careful in what they did as the Lord was with them in their judgments. Next we see the following -
7 "Wherefore now let the fear of the LORD be upon you; take heed and do it: for there is no iniquity with the LORD our God, nor respect of persons, nor taking of gifts."
8 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshaphat set of the Levites, and of the priests, and of the chief of the fathers of Israel, for the judgment of the LORD, and for controversies, when they returned to Jerusalem.
9 And he charged them, saying, "Thus shall ye do in the fear of the LORD, faithfully, and with a perfect heart.
10 "And what cause soever shall come to you of your brethren that dwell in their cities, between blood and blood, between law and commandment, statutes and judgments, ye shall even warn them that they trespass not against the LORD, and so wrath come upon you, and upon your brethren: this do, and ye shall not trespass.
11 "And, behold, Amariah the chief priest is over you in all matters of the LORD; and Zebadiah the son of Ishmael, the ruler of the house of Judah, for all the king's matters: also the Levites shall be officers before you. Deal courageously, and the LORD shall be with the good."
In these verses he told them to behave themselves and let the fear of God be upon them. He told them that God doesn't tolerate sin no matter who you are and you can't bribe Him. The priests were to judge the controversies in verse 9. In verse 11 chief priests were set up over the people over all matters. He got organized and disciplined. He restored order and a spiritual walk in the nation of Israel.
With this as our background, turn to 2 Chronicles 20 as we see The Panic. In verse 1 we see the warfare that follows obedience.
2 Chronicles 20:1 It came to pass after this also,
This means after the children of Israel had repented and gotten their house in order and begun to be disciplined and organized and orderly in their walk with God, this happened -
that the children of Moab, and the children of Ammon, and with them other beside the Ammonites, came against Jehoshaphat to battle.
First of all, have you ever noticed the points in your life when you become the most obedient to God is the time when there seems to be the greatest amount of spiritual warfare? Most of us feel, "Lord, I'm finally spending time alone with You in the Word, I am doing all of the things I am supposed to be doing. Lord, You ought to leave me alone now."
Look at Job. Here was the most obedient man God had. God turned to Satan and said, "Let's try him." Some of you here are really grasping at the fact that when you really get your house in order, problems get greater. This is true because there comes with discipline and a walk with God, the test. The warfare follows obedience. The children of Israel had their house in order and here comes the enemy.
Secondly, there is a warning that comes before the battle. Sensitive saints hear the rustling of the enemy.
2 Then there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, "There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria; and, behold, they be in Hazazontamar, which is Engedi."
There is a sensitivity in the hearts of believers when they are in fellowship with God that lets them know that spiritual warfare is on the way.
Thirdly, look at the worry that comes during panic.
3 And Jehoshaphat feared,
If we could write an overlay on top of 2 Chronicles 20:1-4 it would say, Be anxious for nothing.
The fourth thing in this passage is the way God desires for us to respond.
and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah.
4 And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of the LORD: even out of all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD.
Look what the response of one godly man did. One godly man in the whole nation came to seek the Lord and the rest followed. The first measure of a stature of a man is how long it takes him to go from panic to prayer. The second most important thing is how long it takes him to go from panic to prayer to praise.
Jehosaphat had memorized Philippians 4:6-7 in Vacation Bible School. He knew what was coming and he knew what he was supposed to do. We will see in a moment that his response was perfect. Point C on our outline is The Prayer and it begins in verse 5 and goes through verse 13. An overlay for verses 5-11 could read, In everything by prayer. Verses 12-13 an overlay could be, In everything by supplication.
5 And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court,
The neat thing to remember is that when you want to get God's perspective in prayer, which is communicating with God until you gain His perspective, you have to always focus on four things: His Word, His Worth, His Works and His Ways. These four things are always essential. In every prayer in Scripture, you will find those four things emerge. These four things will rise to the top in Jehosaphat's prayer. In verse 6 he talks about the works of God.
6 And said, "O LORD God of our fathers, art not Thou God in heaven? And rulest not Thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? And in Thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand Thee?"
He is saying, "God, look who You are." God knew that, but now Jehosaphat was beginning to figure it out. The people were also. In verse 7 we see he dwells on the works of God -
7 "Art not Thou our God, who didst drive out the inhabitants of this land before Thy people Israel, and gavest it to the seed of Abraham Thy friend for ever?"
Starting in verse 8 and then on into verse 9, he majors on the Word of God.
8 "And they dwelt therein, and have built Thee a sanctuary therein for Thy name, saying,
9 'If, when evil cometh upon us, as the sword, judgment, or pestilence, or famine, we stand before this house, and in Thy presence, (for Thy name is in this house,) and cry unto Thee in our affliction, then Thou wilt hear and help.' "
They were claiming God's promise. We continue in verse 10 with God's ways-
10 "And now, behold, the children of Ammon and Moab and mount Seir, whom Thou wouldest not let Israel invade, when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them, and destroyed them not;
11 "Behold, I say, how they reward us, to come to cast us out of Thy possession, which Thou hast given us to inherit."
We see the ways of God. He often allows just enough of the enemy's presence to get our attention. You may say, "If I were God, I would have destroyed them entirely." But God's ways are not so. The Word, the Works, the Worth and the Ways are shown in these verses.
As we pursue these passages, I am going to ask you to memorize five passages. The first is verse 12. It is the verse of supplication.
12 "O our God, wilt Thou not judge them? For we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon Thee."
13 And all Judah stood before the LORD, with their little ones, their wives, and their children.
This is the key to worry. When you come to the Lord is prayer, honest surrender is the key. The people said, "Lord, we have no might, we have no wisdom. We don't have the power or the brains. So Lord, this is yours." Look at God's beautiful response as we look at The Plan. God comes back in verses 14 - 19 and has Jahaziel stand up and respond on His behalf. Today our response would come by the Spirit through the Word, but here He spoke in the midst of the congregation through Jahaziel.
14 Then upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, came the Spirit of the LORD in the midst of the congregation;
15 And he said, "Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the LORD unto you, 'Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.' "
Verse 15 is the second verse I would like to ask you to memorize -
15 Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.
What a deep breath we can take when we hear that. You may think, "You mean it is not my responsibility?" No it is not. If it was, we would be in trouble. Let's continue in verse 16 -
16 "Tomorrow go ye down against them: behold, they come up by the cliff of Ziz; and ye shall find them at the end of the brook, before the wilderness of Jeruel."
Isn't this interesting? God did not remove the conflict, He changed the perspective. What we would like to do is to say, "Lord, I prayed about it, now take it away." God says, "Yes, you did pray about it. Now put on your armor and let's go into battle." What do we usually like to do when we put on our armor? Go to bed? Thi is not very comfortable to try to rest or sleep in. When you put on your armor, you go to battle. That is what they did here. As we continue, the third verse I would like you to memorize is verse 17.
17 "Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you."
What a wonderful thing, we do not have to fight the battle. However, we do have to do three things: 1) set yourselves, 2) stand still and 3) see the salvation of the Lord. What a relief to know that the Lord will be with us in the battle. We need to do three things, set, stand and see. We need to set to release our responsibility into God's hands and say, "I can't. He can." We need to stand showing our readiness with the attitude of wherever He leads, I will go. We need to lastly have a spirit of expectation to see what great things the Lord has in store for those who love Him. Let's see the response in verse 18.
18 And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground: and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem fell before the LORD, worshipping the LORD.
Worship. This is where it is at. The people worshipped. They had gained God's perspective. They had asked God's counsel. They then fell before Him to worship. Point E is The Praise as we see in verse 19 - 20.
19 And the Levites, of the children of the Kohathites, and of the children of the Korhites, stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with a loud voice on high.
20 And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper."
Verse 21 is the fourth verse I would like to ask you to memorize. It is a beautiful passage.
21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the LORD, that they should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, "Praise the LORD; for His mercy endureth for ever."
This is a beautiful illustration of Christian leadership. They consulted with the people, then appointed leaders. But in the process of that, they did not appoint warriors, they appointed singers to go before the warriors to praise God. They began the process of praise beforehand. Does that sound familiar? Philippians 4:6-7. The next point is The Process. You can overlay over verses 22-28, With Thanksgiving.
Three things are important here. We look in verse 21 to see Singing Saints in preparation. In verse 22 we see Singing Saints in confrontation. In verses 26-28 we see Singing Saints in celebration. What did He tell them to do? Sing. You may think, "Surely God and Jehosaphat neither one understood the gravity of this battle." No, I think they did. The singing was an exercise of faith which put the responsibility of the battle in the only place it could be which was on the shoulders of God. In advance they began to praise and sing, rejoicing in the victory.
You and I have legitimate worries, but they are not ours. We are told to take them to the throne of God and get His perspective and ask Him to take them over. We are then to begin to sing and praise Him. The process of singing releases the divine spiritual energy we need. Some of us need to sing in our hearts just for the sake of the people around us.
The fifth verse I want you to memorize is verse 22. It is the most beautiful part of the whole passage -
22 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten.
The enemy was utterly defeated. Utterly defeated when they did what? When they began to sing and to praise. They sang before, they sang during and they sang after the conflict. We can skip down to verse 27 to see that they returned to go again to Jerusalem with joy because the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies.
27 Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat in the forefront of them, to go again to Jerusalem with joy; for the LORD had made them to rejoice over their enemies.
28 And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets unto the house of the LORD.
Point G is The Postscript. You can overlay over verses 29-30,
the peace of God which passeth all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.
In verse 29 we see two things. We notice the respect of the enemy and the realm of peace. The enemy has a firm respect for those who praise God in the midst of the battle.
29 And the fear of God was on all the kingdoms of those countries, when they had heard that the LORD fought against the enemies of Israel.
30 So the realm of Jehoshaphat was quiet: for his God gave him rest round about.
In closing we need to see that The Principle is clear. The Portrait illustrates it very well from the Word of God. The problem is The Practicality. All of us have problems. All of us have worries. We worry about our job. We worry about our health. We worry about our family. We worry about our friends. We worry about our money. But what God is telling us to do from this passage is to walk more often into the Grace National Bank.
When you enter the Grace National Bank, you will find a very calm and serene atmosphere. As you walk up, you will see one window. Behind that window is the teller who is the Holy Spirit. He is asking you to bring Him every worry you have and make an exchange. He wants you to come up to the window, hand Him each worry, which has no marketable value but that is the kind of deals God always makes. In exchange for that worry, He will give you back an equal amount of the peace of God. Every worry that you exchange will give you more grace which gives you more peace.
If we are honest with ourselves, the more we have to worry about, the more excited we ought to become because more peace is available by virtue of the grace of God. Grace National Bank will never run out of funds. They are insured because they are members of the FDIC which stands for Father's Deity available In Christ. All that God is is available to all that man will ever need. There is no inflation. The price was paid for 2,000 years ago.
I would like to make one more important statement. This promise is conditional upon one thing. As you walk up to the window to trade in your worries for peace, you are asked for some identification. Your I.D. card must have stamped upon it the seal of the Holy Spirit, which is the earnest of our inheritance. In other words, you must have been born again.
The exciting thing is that there is another window just a few feet away. Behind that window stands One who has hands have nail scars. These hands reach out to yours and says, "Whosoever will, come. You come to Me and I will make you an exchange. You can trade all of your sin for all of My righteousness." This is another one of God's beautiful transactions. When you have done that, you will be sealed with the Holy Spirit. From that point forward, you can trade all of your cares for the peace of God.
If you can identify with the need to transfer worries for peace, but somehow have never entered into peace with God, I want to encourage you in your own heart to ask the Spirit to let Jesus come into your heart. He will take all of your sins and replace it with His righteousness.
If you are a Christian but you have been frustrated like so many of us and have not grasped the reality that the peace of God is given to us that freely and the command to exchange worries for peace is so clear, take this moment to give God back the things you are worried about.
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