Monday, January 16, 2017

Do Not be Anxious..about Anything!

"It is the same with genuine Faith.

It hands its circumstance over to God, allowing Him to work.

Psalm 37: 5 is a great confirmation of this:

"Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this."

He will never work UNTIL we commit.

Faith is receiving—or even more, actually appropriating—the gifts God offers us.

We may believe in Him, come to Him, commit to Him, and rest in Him, but we will never fully realize all our blessings UNTIL we begin to receive from Him and come to Him having the spirit of abiding and appropriating.

- From "Days of Heaven upon Earth"


Dr. Payson, while still a young man, once wrote to an elderly mother who was extremely worried and burdened over the condition of her son.

He wrote:

"You are worrying too much about him. Once you have prayed for him, as you have done, and committed him to God, you should not continue to be anxious."

God's command, "Do not be anxious about anything"(Phil. 4: 6), is unlimited, and so is the verse:

"Cast all your anxiety on him"(1 Peter 5: 7).

If we truly have cast our burdens upon another, can they continue to pressure us?

If we carry them with us from the throne of grace, it is obvious we have not left them there.

In my own life I test my prayers in this way: after committing something to God, if I can come away, like Hannah did, with no more sadness, pain, or anxiety in my heart, I see it as proof that I have prayed the prayer of faith.

But if I pray and then still carry my burden, I conclude my faith was not exercised."

Enjoy the long weekend...Stay Strong!!

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