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Fret Not, Part 1, Psalms 37:8, Refrain from Anger and Turn from Wrath; Do Not Fret— it Leads Only

FRET NOT, Part 1

“Cease from anger and abandon wrath; do not fret, it leads only to evil.” Psalm 37:8 AMP

Being at peace with God and others, maintaining a constant inner peace, resisting and rebuking fretfulness and anxiety is God’s plan for us. The Bible reminds us that they’re counterproductive and destructive. They suffocate peace and blind us to the guiding hand of God on our lives. They steal our joy and damage our witness. That’s why the devil loves to make us fret and worry. Every day he can keep us burdened with worry is another battle he’s won. When we’re full of worry, it’s impossible to function from a positive viewpoint. Our judgment becomes clouded, self-confidence goes out the window. Trusting and depending on God’s protection, presence, and guidance are greatly hindered when our hearts and minds are filled with worry and fretfulness. And this is exactly where the devil wants us to be, because in this condition we’re so easy to confuse and dominate. If there were a button we could press to make worry disappear, we could maintain a joyful, peace-filled attitude making it easier for us to defeat the devil at every turn. That button is PRAYER! Satan works hard to keep peace in our lives from becoming a reality.

And anxiety and worry are such a waste of time. You'll never get back the hours of frustration that worry and fretfulness steal from you. Therefore, it’s imperative that you learn to eliminate these harmful mind-sets immediately. The less time you waste fretting and being anxious, the more you have to enjoy the abundant life Jesus provided for you. Fretting and worrying never change or improve a bad situation. But they can, and usually do, change us. Worry and fret wear us down, make us irritable and self-absorbed, keep our focus on the problem rather than the solution. Consequently, we become less aware of the blessings in our lives. While you’ll never be able to stop the devil from tempting you to fret and worry, you can certainly keep yourself from being consumed with these negative emotions. There’ll always be many opportunities to fret and worry, but you can always say “NO!” to allowing them a place in your life. They come from the enemy and must be kept out of your heart and mind so that you can enjoy the stress-free life God wants you to live. The more you trust and depend on God during difficult times, the easier it becomes to consistently live this way, the stronger your faith becomes, and the less likely you’ll be to get distracted by the enemy’s attempts to control you.

“Do not be anxious or worried about anything, but in everything [every circumstance and situation] by prayer & petition with thanksgiving continue to make your [specific] requests known to God. And the peace of God, [that peace which reassures the heart, that peace] which transcends all understanding, [that peace which] stands *guard over your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus [is yours].” Philippians 4:6-7 AMP

* The Greek word translated as “guard” is the word for a battalion of soldiers. What an awesome guard the peace of God is for you & me!

(continued tomorrow…)

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