When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; what is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty! You make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet. Psalm 8:3-6
1. REMEMBER GOD CARES FOR YOU. King David lived at a time when there wasn’t any light pollution. At night when the sun would set in the holy land, he could see the Milky Way Galaxy. David marveled at the stars and the moon, but then settled in on, “Wow God, You care for me.” Let that sink into your heart: the Creator of the universe cares about you down to the smallest detail. And He is constantly trustworthy and faithful.
Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7
2. CAST YOUR ANXIETY ON JESUS. The devil, also referred to as “the accuser,” tries to magnify problems, belittle us, and chip away at our confidence (Revelation 12:10). When those choking, distracting worries hit us – we can cast them all on Jesus who is our hope. Through prayer, worship, and reading our Bibles, we can start to think the thoughts of God, get our minds on Him, vocalize our praises, and express our deeply held convictions. And as we cast our burdens on the Lord, He will sustain us (Psalm 55:22).
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. But resist him, firm in your faith. 1 Peter 5:8-9a
3. RESIST THE DEVIL. Like a lion, the devil will try to isolate and trap us. That’s why we can’t be dull or complacent, but we must be alert to keep him from getting in our head space or allowing him to take residence in our thought life. It’s worth resisting the devil – on the other side of all the trials “the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ, will Himself perfect, confirm, strengthen and establish you” (1 Peter 5:10).
Pastor Jeff Perry
DAILY CONFESSION: Based on 2 Timothy 4:17-18
But the Lord stood by me and strengthened and empowered me, so that through me the gospel message might be fully proclaimed … I am rescued from the mouth of the lion. The Lord will rescue me from every evil assault, and He will bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom; to Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen. 2 Timothy 4:17-18
Anxiety, Greek merimna
From meiro, “to divide,” and noos, “the mind.” The word denotes distractions, anxieties, burdens and worries. Merimna means to be anxious beforehand about daily life.
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