We all know, or should know, that being a Christian is not a promise of easy living. On the contrary, when we are on the path of truth, many things seem to come against us to divert our attention from the focus, which is Jesus Christ.
And when I say the focus is Jesus, I have in mind the constant thought of obeying and pleasing the Father. Having full faith that the Son of God has given Himself for us. He has already acquitted us of all our sins and pains, giving us the possibility to live, through the Holy Spirit, the Kingdom of God. A place where there is no crying, sadness or unrest.
The biggest “problem” is that even though we have been reborn in Christ, we still live in a body of flesh. This body of ours is corrupted by sin and is unable to choose God’s will. This is why Paul says in the letter to the Galatians that we strive to walk constantly in the Spirit. Now, walking in the Spirit is nothing but living with our conscience focused on Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.
Galatians 5:16 This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (17) For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against.
Why do we get restless?
The Bible portrays in the parable of the sower that there are three things that hinder our growth and fruitfulness in Jesus. These are the things: to ignore the word of God; not to deepen and nourish our faith and let the passions of this world get us out of the way (Luke 8: 12-14).
We still have our everyday life. We live in the midst of worries at work, at school, in family, in relationships among other things. And as I said at the beginning of the text, it seems that when we are with Christ, all these things get harder to deal with. And they really are. The temptations and sufferings of this life have the role of proving our faith and trying to make us stop. And that is why we must do our best to focus our minds on God’s peace. This is possible only through constant reading of the Word and prayer.
Often anxiety and worry make us see situations as overly problematic. As we relate to God through Word and prayer, we remove the lens of anxiety. As we wait on Him, we come to see situations as God sees them. We begin to see the miracles and opportunities He has given us instead of looking at what we lack according to our limited human vision.
Overcoming the concern
Philippians 4:4 Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. (…6) Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. (7) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
Philippians 4 is almost a hymn to a life of peace with God. In it, the apostle Paul reveals a formula to bring us peace: prayer, supplication and thanksgiving.
We must present our requests to God through prayer and supplication, which must be accompanied by thanksgiving. As we submit our requests, we try to align our will with God’s sovereign will. When we make our supplications, we acknowledge our mistakes and sins and understand that we are not deserving of God’s grace. Through thanksgiving, we recognize the goodness of the Lord in every situation, whether good or bad. After that, the text says that God’s peace, which surpasses all our understanding (so that we cannot explain it), will guard, as a sentinel, our emotional and rational life. Represented through the mind and heart in verse 7.
May the peace of God and the grace of Jesus Christ be with all the brethren, to quiet your minds through a life focused on the kingdom of heaven. Amen!
Your love continues to guide us and gives us life and hope of Your loving Kingdom to rest in and draw strength from. An amazing Father indeed
Wow, what a wonderful word of truth. So enjoyed reading it, so loved what i have learned from it.
Thank you Jesus for this wonderful massage am blessed
God bless you brother you for chosen the right path keep it up
Praise GOD,our LORD JESUS CHRIST for His Grace and mercies He has blessed us with His amazing love, and His Word,praise His Holy name,Amen
Brother Marcelo thank you for sharing your post with us,may GOD with you blessed ,amen
Was in need of it today,for a very long time things are hard,but this word is encouraging it keep pursuing the right path,thank YOU LORD,thank you B Marcelo,remained blessed and in His peace, Amen
Awesome and wonderful God. We thank you Lord for your grace which carries us through. We are forever thankful for our love.
Many hopes many encourage and blessings to everyone
Great read and. Blessed
The Bible is the only book to live by. Thank you for sharing The Word of God today.
What a great truth. The Bible is the best book ever and it’s truths will never be better. Jeff
Thank you I really needed to hear thia. Ive been struggling and God spoke to me theough tou today. I really needed this…
Thank you for all you do. Amen
Thank you very much
God spoke to me through you this Morning as I was feeling this topic deeply inside…..Blessing My Friend
Nothing but the Love of God Always ❤❤❤😇
Thank you this was much needed in my life. God’s word and promises.🙏🙏🙌🙌🙌
Thank you for your love of Jesus and allowing yourself to be God’s messenger of His grace and mercy. Truly a strenght to hear His promise that gives us peace.
I have been asking the Lord Jesus, to put a new song in my heart, And what did I get was Prayer-Songs, songs and prayers mixed together, even though I am not a professional musician, I bought a electric piano, and learning to play music along with singing and praying, it has been a blessing, making a joyful prayer unto the Lord Jesus,it has made a difference.
God’s word is so true… no matter the situation or circumstances, his word never fails. This subject is for me 🙏
Thanks for this wonderful message, by now I fully understand again that being in Christ isn’t fun you have to deal with the word of GOD everyday to be an overcomer in every situation.. thank you
Hallelujah, thank you so much Sir
I really want to serve God. I have the mindset to do so but something always come in the way. I feel deserted often and I try to bring my consciousness to know that He loves me too. This race is indeed a difficult one but it worth our struggle and pain.
I really enjoy this,it makes me realize when I am losing focus in Jesus Christ.. I pray that God will grant us mercy and give us the grace to serve him from our heart. Amen.
Thanks very much
Very timely indeed, thanks for the encouragement… God bless you more
I want to appreciate these words of encouragement this morning. Since I became a follower of Jesus I decided to never have an enemy but to love all. Let’s keep ourselves in the Word and prayer, shalom.
Amen, it doesn’t matter what you
are going through, God is going to make away when it seems to be no way, thanks for your encouragement, may God bless you with everlasting life
Please pray for my father. A prayer request.
Thank you for this message. Recently my father got diagnosed with cancer. I don’t know how to cope up with my feelings and emotions. God’s love is only light I can see.
Sometimes I feel soo lust n deep in the dark but one thing have realize is that GOD as his own special way of reaching out to everyone no matter what u are going true or where u are, it doesn’t matter where u came from. Just trust him with ur problems
May I add that we are made for relationships; thus reaching out to the people around us is crucial and will certainly help in ‘restlessness and concern ‘. Talk.
Thanks a lot for this. I very badly in need of this reminder. I’ve been through hard times, still struggling with life and the crisis it brings my way. Your message lifts me up. God bless you Sir and May you continue to be a blessing to more people in need of God’s touch and love.
This is very timely. Thank you.
What a great encouragement! Thank you. God bless you more!