Jesus told us in the parable of the sower and the seed that there are conditions where the Word doesn’t take effect and one condition where it does. When we meditate in the Word ‘day and night,’ it becomes counteractive to something like anxiety. Being ‘in Christ’ is an active lifestyle where we appropriate the Word on a daily basis. We are told to ‘put on Christ’ and ‘put on the new man’. We sometimes expect it all to happen without any effort on our behalf. We need to fight to take what is ours in Christ.
When we have cares, we need to cast them on the Lord, but this doesn’t just happen because we say ‘I cast my burden on the Lord’. It may take five, ten, twenty minutes in prayer before the cares lift from us. It’s a spiritual transaction. When we praise, worship and talk with God the Holy Spirit activates the Word and soon we will become free from the anxieties that have burdened us.Paul indicated that the greatest of the burdens in his life was not all the persecutions he constantly suffered, but his care for the churches. He would awake every day concerned, even anxious about the churches in far off places. He had heard from virtually all of the churches he was overseeing that they had serious problems. He was trying to solve these with letters written from a prison cell. There was no instant messaging. He had to wait months before he would hear how they were doing. Every day he would remind himself to not be anxious but to trust the Lord to bring great solutions to the churches he was responsible for.
Speak and believe the Word today, placing yourself firmly in Christ, in victory, in joy, in peace - in the peace that seems irrational given your circumstances. Jesus is with us. Fear not, neither be dismayed! Amen!
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