“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
It’s hard sometimes. To not be anxious. To not be worried or stressed about events in life. General pressures, work situations, mistakes, unexpected occurrences, can all have us anxious. And who hasn’t felt anxious? Who hasn’t been worried, apprehensive, fearful, uneasy, perturbed, disquieted, troubled, agitated, tense, stressed, overwrought…. over something in life?
But here is Paul, telling us not to be anxious ever! He doesn’t ignore the fact that we may have cause to be worried. Instead he offers us a solution, by taking the situation to God, we can trade our anxiety for His peace. Our worry for His rest. God’s peace means tranquillity, calm, freedom from internal strife. You’re still in the storm but God’s peace prevails in your heart and mind. In essence, we can pray and not worry as we give our concerns to the Lord.
“Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.’ (1 Peter 5:7)
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die.” (John 11:25)
Today, everyday, this is the reality of Easter. On Easter Sunday, Jesus rose from the dead. He conquered death, and victory was secured.
This glorious truth, that Jesus is the Resurrection, was shared to Martha long before His journey to the Cross. Before His death was even imagined or comprehended by His disciples.
In terms of time, we may live on the other side of the Cross and we live with the knowledge that Jesus was crucified, died and was buried and rose again on the third day. But still, this is a declaration that Jesus makes to us today. We don’t need to wait for “the last day” to experience the resurrection power of Jesus. Jesus is here now, raising us to a new kind of life through His Spirit.
So the question that Jesus asked Martha, “Do you believe this?” is the same for us today. Do we believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life? Today? Now? Not just for a date in the future but for our today?
Her reply, “Yes Lord, I believe”
“I know the one in whom I trust, and I am sure that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until the day of His return.” (2 Timothy 1:12)
Heavenly Father, I release to you the burdens that I have been carrying, burdens that You never intended for me to carry. I cast all my cares upon You-all my worries, all my fears.
Father, calm my restless spirit, quiet my anxious heart, still my troubling thoughts with the assurance that You are in control. I let go of my grip upon the things I have been hanging onto, with opened hands I come to You.
I thank You for Your promise to sustain me, preserve me, and guard all that I have entrusted to Your keeping. Protect my heart and mind with Your peace, the peace that passes all understanding. Father, may Your will be done in my life, in Your time, and in Your way.
(By Roy Lessin, DaySpring co-founder and writer)
My 3 sons are mini versions of my husband. Similar in appearance and stance, in walk even. Their expressions are often the same, the way they tilt their heads and often how they say things. And then there’s the passion for Thunderbirds and Star Wars. Ok so probably not genetic and somewhat nurtured, but still, the same. If you know my boys then you definitely know my husband! They’re peas in a pod!
In the same way as my boys give people glimpses of their earthly father, Jesus came to earth to reveal His Heavenly Father to us. He was God with skin on. In John 14:9 Jesus says “Anyone who has seen me has seen the Father“. By doing only what He saw His Father in Heaven doing, Jesus imparted to us the revelation of who God is. By seeing Jesus we see the Father – we know the Father. “All His actions were earthly expressions of His Father in Heaven.” (Bill Johnson). Jesus pointed the way to the Father.
“The Son is the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of His being.” (Hebrews 1:3)
The challenge for us today is to do the same, through the Holy Spirit. As sons and daughters of God, as co-heirs with Christ, we too need to be revealing God. Oh that people could say that by seeing us they have seen the Father! And not dimly but clearly! The World is waiting for us to reveal Him. In our attitudes, in our actions, in our character and indeed in our daily lives we should be aspiring to do just that.
Margaret Becker wrote this song that I believe sums it up.
Lord touch my heart and center my soul
Till all I do is for You alone
Look me in the eye tell me if you see
Traces of yourself growing here in me
Tell me if you find your heart in mine
When you look me in the eye
Will God find traces of Himself in me? Will others find traces of God in me?
The world is waiting for the Sons and Daughters of God.