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Philippians 4:6-7

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

In a day when stress is among the top causes of early death, it would do us good to know how to avoid it if we want to live long and strong.Paul gives us the antidote in the above scripture, be careful or anxious for nothing.  That’s it.  It really doesn’t get more simpler than that, just don’t worry.  We have the power to worry or not to worry the choice is ours.  So if you don’t want to die an early death you’ll choose not to worry.  Deuteronomy 30:19 Moses is warning the children of Israel and he says, “I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing; therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.”  You choose whether to live or die.

When you make the choose not to worry, you are releasing the outcome of the situation.  In other words you no longer concern yourself with will I have enough money to pay the mortgage this month, or will they cut my lights of today, or will this disease kill me.  You release the outcome to the hands of God.  The scripture says, “but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God.”   By taking every thing, to Jesus,  you are releasing it.  1 Peter 5:7  says, “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you.”

Now, as you release your care to Jesus, your thanksgiving releases Him to take care of the care.  The more you thank Him, the more grace you are receiving from Him. Here’s why, the grace of God is a gift and when you receive a gift you say thank you.  Thanksgiving is our way of letting God know that we receive His gift.  We receive His grace for our cares.  As we do, the peace of God, who is Jesus Christ garrisons and guards our heart and minds so that the thoughts of worry and frustration find no resting place in us.  Therefore, choose not to worry and be thankful instead!