Psalm 139: 23-24: Search me oh God and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts, see if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.
For whatever reason, has your house ever become a mess? Perhaps you had to work extra hours, or you had company for days, or maybe you were down with the flu? Whatever the reason, a messy house brings chaos into your life. Once you are able you begin to clean and straighten things, putting them back in order and even though you are tired from all the work, you suddenly feel a sense of peace come into your home. It’s a nice place to be, organized and tidy. Smelling good and looking very neat. You go to bed that night worn out, but your heart is smiling because you will get up in the morning to pleasant surroundings.
Our hearts are like that too, they become cluttered, full of angst and yes, even fear. The news is in your head, tormenting your thoughts, you hear about terrible things happening in churches and stores, with people being killed. You are concerned about what your kids are learning in school, and what sort of people they are linked with in daily life.
The price of gas is sky high, your husband is worried about his job, you just found out your pregnant and you have two kids already, and at these prices, how will you make it? Your plate isn’t just full, it’s running over and not in a good way. There is no peace in your life, just mental and emotional chaos.
Well, you know how you cleaned up that house? Start that in yourself. Throw out old stuff that you have been worrying about. Easier said than done right? Make a list of the things you are most worried about. Pray over them and ask God to show you how to remove them from your plate. I can tell you one way, when they pop up, have a scripture verse ready to combat them. Limit your time with negative people who do not want to live God’s way. Spend less time watching the news and more time in the Word of God, or listening to Christian programs.
The single most important thing you can do is, spend time with fellow Christians, in church for sure, but cut down on fellowship with the unsaved. The Bible tells us we need to be in church in order to get help from others and so we can help them as well.
As you begin to remove this clutter from your heart and mind, peace will come into your life. You will feel a sense of security in God that removes fear and doubt. Anxiety focuses on fear of the unknown, and faith focuses on the God whom we do know. Be fierce in your faith, bold in your beliefs and courageous in your calling. Guard your heart. Until next time!