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Battling Fear and Anxiety - Phil. 4:6-8

I've been very fearful every since. Matatakutin ika nga. Maybe because I've felt physical pain at a very young age. Or maybe I've been raised in a family who are very anxious about tomorrow and life. But praise God that we've come to know Jesus and He is now working out that fear in my life. Last week, when I was praying and crying out my heart to God, He reminded me of Phil. 4:6-7 which says "Be anxious for nothing but in everything in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the God of peace which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and mind in Christ Jesus". I've known this verse for a long time but still it always gives refreshing revelation everytime. After I read the verse, I told the Lord that I will make a decision not to fear but to lift up to Him every care and worry that I will encounter ... as in every care and worry. The Spirit prompted me to memorize this verse by heart and declare it everyday and every time I feel that I will be worrying. It was also last week, when I received my first victory over worry. The Lord led me through my troubles in the office and comforted me that I should not worry because He knows my request. What I learned from this verse and experience is that the Lord is always looking forward for us to come to Him. Most of the time, our weaknesses will not go away until we realize to draw near to God for strength and power. I must admit that I tend to solve my own problems and not rely on the Lord. And with this verse, He thought me that "in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving" I should bring my requests to God. Whatever it may be. And He is so faithful to listen and to understand and to respond to our needs. I also realize that to fight our battles, memorizing and saying/verbalizing God's Word is a VERY powerful tool. I know of this truth before but I am not seriously doing it because of lack of time to memorize due to my busy schedule at work and at home. But God is truly good. The changes that He is doing in my life is never too late... I should say that it is on time and thank Him for that. Glory to the awesome God. And the last revelation was, Phil. 4:8 - to think good things. I learned that to battle my worrying mind, I should always think of things that are true, pure, noble, just, lovely, praiseworthy, and things that are of good report. I started thinking about true things and what struck me is God's promises. God's words are truth ... He reminded me during my time of distress that "He will never leave me nor forsake me", "He is the God who blesses His people", "He is my comfort and shelter; I should not fear"... Hallelujah...what great words and encouragement. I can never find these great words but only from God's word. So today, I encourage you to medidate His words day and night ... memorize ... and claim His promises. It will be impossible for God to remind us of HIs promises if we don't know them. So we have to know them so God can have something to remind us. God bless you.

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