“Be careful for nothing” Philippians 4:6
“Be careful for nothing.” That is more easily said than done.
You might say, dear reader, how is it possible that I would not be anxious about the state of the church, or the local assembly, or about the pressures of school or work or family; how can one “be careful for nothing”?
Please remember, dear friend, that whatever causes a care in us, produces God’s care for us; therefore, “be careful for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” So “the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds, through Jesus Christ.” Not your hearts keep the peace of God; but the peace that God Himself is in, His peace, the unmoved stability of all God’s thoughts, will keep your hearts.
Further, when not careful, the mind set free, and the peace of God keeping the heart, God sets the soul thinking on happy things. “Whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Those things which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do; and the God of peace shall be with you.” God is there, He is the companion of our soul; not merely “the peace of God” but “the God of peace.” When my soul is cast upon God, there is an assurance that the Lord is with the me in the trial, so my mind is kept perfectly calm. The Spirit of love and the Spirit of Christ is there to guard me from the spirit of selfishness that brings fear and discouragement.
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Yours in our soon-coming Lord,
Emil S. Nashed
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