|“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength.” Corey Ten Boom
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“Have no anxiety about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6
Anxiety is the absence of gratitude in presence of fear and sometimes in the presence of anger. Fear is directed toward future events or consequences, as illustrated by the person that hates flying because he fears the plane will crash. Anger is directed toward past events or consequences as illustrated by the person who was cheated in business and can do nothing about it. There are times when fear and anger become blurred. For example, you may be angry that the government put you through a thorough audit, and fear that they may do it again.
You experience both fear and anger because you sense you are out of control and do not like it. For example, my daughter and I go on a wild roller-coaster ride; both of us sense we are out of control; she loves it and I hate it. I fear what can happen to me and am angry with myself for taking the ride with her. She loves being out of control while I hate it; she was grateful and I was not. Two physicians practice medicine. One loves it and the other hates it; one can hardly wait for the next opportunity to practice medicine, the other can hardly wait for retirement; one is angry and the other is not. It is an issue of perspective and attitude.
The attitude of your mind reflects your concept of God. If you feel that you are in the center of God’s will and best served by being where you are, you may feel pressure or pain and be eager for relief, while experiencing the peace of knowing that you are where God wants you. Like for so many other things, gratitude is the antidote for fear and anger. The person who seeks to save his life is doomed to a life filled with anxiety. The one who loses his life with a grateful heart for the sake of Christ and His gospel, will not only find his life, he will be free from anxiety, fear, and anger.
Isaiah 7-8 Ephesians 2 (New King James Version)
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Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7
Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in Prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. Mark 11:24
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16
I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.” Psalm 91:2
Devote yourselves to Prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The Prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
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