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"Stop Worrying"

April 27, 2003

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Philippians 4:6 "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God."

Worry is so common. It is experienced by everyone but does no one any good. It only wounds the mind and kills the spirit. In Matthew 6:27 Jesus indicates how foolish and useless it is to worry: "Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?"

On the other hand, worry can do a lot of harm. It's like getting sand into the wheel bearings of one's car. In a short time the bearings become damaged beyond repair. Worry is the sand that hastens the wrecking of our human machinery.

In overcoming our anxieties we must do more than recognize that a cure is possible. We need to recognize that Jesus Christ is the cure. He is the Savior who takes away the cause of worry. He forgives sins.

Therefore, Paul writes, "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:6-7).

PRAYER: Lord God, we cast all our anxieties and worries on You, for You care about us. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996, Concordia Publishing House (out of print). For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: 1 Samuel 13-14    Luke 19:28-48

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