WEEKLY DEVOTIONAL:

Pray About Everything, Worry About Nothing

In looking through a journal entry (which I keep spasmodically!) of some years back, I came across the following, based on the Scripture passage below.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition,
with thanksgiving, present your requests to God
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 
Philippians 4:6-7

Here it is “verbatim”:

Don’t allow anxiety ever (I have been wallowing in it! ). Rejoice always.  Be gentle, self controlled, take everything to God in thanksgiving – the resulting peace, not based on understanding:  
 
Isaiah 26:3 —  (You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.)
He will keep guard, watch over, blockade from danger” –

This is isolation of a nation, city, area or harbor from hostile ships or forces in order to prevent the entrance and exit of traffic and commerce – to barricade, shut off.

It is trust in God that shuts off the anxiety flow, like the blockade of Cuba in October 1962 during the attempt of the USSR to establish a missile base to attack the USA from Cuba.  All ships of all nations sailing toward Cuba were turned back by U.S. military, none were allowed to continue beyond a fixed point. It effectively and quickly stopped the effort to plant nuclear missiles 90 miles away from the USA.

Pray about everything, worry about nothing.
 
–Pastor Don Foster, Sr.

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