Anxious for nothing: Finding perfect peace in waiting.

Waiting has a way of bringing out a person’s true character. An individual’s response to the wait shows them where their focus is. It also reveals what a person truly believes, especially when faced with a situation that they have no control over.
Philippians 4:6-8 New King James Version (NKJV)
6 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.
8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
Before anxiety kicks in full force and you respond in fear, pray. When you pray, don’t worry. Go in faith, asking God what would He have you to do. Don’t take matters into your own hands and try to manipulate the situation because the consequences are worse than waiting. Sometimes, it even makes the wait longer. Trust God’s response and be at peace, even if His response is not the answer you wanted. Still know, that He is God, and although we don’t always understand what He’s doing right now, we will understand later. In John 13, Jesus washes His disciples feet. Jesus washed their feet because He was sure of Himself, His Father and His purpose. Peter couldn’t understand it. He asked Jesus, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Peter was probably thinking, this is absurd. You are the Son of God. I should be washing your feet. John 13:7, “Jesus replied, “You do not realize now what I am doing, but later you will understand.” This scripture is a reminder, to trust God, even when you don’t understand what He’s doing. Why? Because God is always sure of Himself and He knows the plans He has for you! (See Jeremiah 29:11) If you read John 13:8, You’ll see that at one point, Peter told Jesus, no. “You shall never wash my feet.” Jesus told Peter, “Unless I wash you, you have no part with me.” You see, Peter needed some understanding, in order to see what Jesus was doing. When he understood, his perspective changed. But what happens when Jesus doesn’t tell us why? What should we do when we don’t understand what God is doing? We should have the same mindset as Christ. After all, the Spirit of God lives in us. So, we should be sure of our God, sure of ourselves and sure of our purpose or what God is saying to us at that time. If we are sure of who God is, it leaves no room for anxiety, because our confidence is in Him. We know that all power is in His hands. If we are sure of who we are in Christ, then we know that His love completes us, and there’s no room for fear, because His Spirit lives in us and makes us powerful. We should be sure of our purpose, because knowing that will help us stay focused on our mission. If you’re not sure of your purpose, there’s hope, so don’t be discouraged. Seek God’s will and ask Him what is it that He requires of you in this season, and those things will lead you to your purpose. The bottom line is, stay focused on Christ, and don’t allow what you go through to get on the inside of you. For more insight, click the link below…

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