Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7.
Today your LORD (יהוה) God (אלהים) says:
I promise you renewal of youth, but you cannot be a person who continually worries, is anxious, and frets and have renewed youth. When you worry you cannot hear Me or receive from Me. You are in the wrong flow. The flow of worry is not the flow of faith.
Worry is meditating on the wrong thing, it is focusing on the dreaded outcome, it is focusing on guilt and shame, illness and death, lack, being stuck in an unpleasant situation, inadequacies and pressure to get work done. Worry will break down your mind and your body. It is a corrosive flow that eats away at your mind making it unsound and uncontrolled, and it will destroy your peace, your joy, and your faith.
There is no other way you please Me but faith because there is no other way you connect with Me and I can flow the answers and work the miracles into your life that I desire to do. If you are continually worrying and fretting I cannot work with you because you are working against Me. You are in disobedience, doubt, and unbelief. And in that condition you are under the yoke of slavery and have locked yourself into a prison of darkness, not of hope. You are working with the devil by accepting his thoughts and words and you cannot give him place and expect not to get his results, which are to steal, kill, and destroy your body and your soul.
When the people I had redeemed from slavery out of Egypt got a report of the formidable foes dwelling in the land I had promised them, they began to worry.
Then the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they complained. “Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and our little ones will be carried off as plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” Numbers 14:1-3.
They were believing the thoughts the devil was giving them from what the perceived as threatening circumstances, but I had told them beforehand that there were giants and strong cities in that land. But I had also told them that I was sending My heavenly host before them to fight for them and they would prevail and take it all—beautiful cities, homes, vineyards, wells and fruit trees that they had not built, planted, or dug all for free, not as slaves but as outright owners.
Was I pleased with this? Did I try to persuade them again? No, by this time, with all I had done for them before their very eyes to bring them this far, they should have trusted Me and been even more enthusiastic from the report of the beautiful country filled with great cities to go in and boot the giants out with Me fighting with them and for them. What was My response?
Then the glorious presence of the LORD appeared to all the Israelites at the Tabernacle. And the LORD said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me with contempt? Will they never believe me, even after all the miraculous signs I have done among them?” Numbers 14:10-11.
I called worry and fretting treating Me with contempt. Jesus felt the same.
And Jesus answered and said, “You unbelieving and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? How long shall I put up with you?” Matthew 17:17.
And let us go back to the Israelites at the edge of the land I had promised them, did their worry renew their youth and eventually take them to their wealthy place, their destiny from all eternity? No. It cut their lives short and aged them quickly, because they never stopped worrying about everything for the next forty years until they dropped dead in the wilderness with their lives and destiny stolen, dead, and destroyed because they let worry rule their minds and hearts.
The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying, “How long shall I bear with this evil congregation who are grumbling against Me? I have heard the complaints of the sons of Israel, which they are making against Me. Say to them, ‘As I live,’ says the LORD, ‘just as you have spoken in My hearing, so I will surely do to you; your corpses will fall in this wilderness, even all your numbered men, according to your complete number from twenty years old and upward, who have grumbled against Me. Surely you shall not come into the land in which I swore to settle you, except Caleb the son of Jephunneh and Joshua the son of Nun. Numbers 14:26-29.
What was different about Caleb and Joshua? They refused to worry about the obstacles in the land I had promised them but admonished the people to stop worrying and just go forward and I would take care of them and fight for them. The giants would be as bread before them—they would just eat up the giants by faith.
And what happened for those two? They just kept believing, walking with Me, and refusing to worry or to get bitter about their fellow Israelites who had kept them out of the land for forty years. They just kept looking forward with faith to taking the land and enjoying it. And they did. And even though they were elderly in years, over eighty years old, when they entered they were young and strong to take the land. Let Caleb himself testify. After they had entered the land and won a few battles they came to the portion that Moses had promised Caleb, and Caleb stated:
Now behold, the LORD has let me live, just as He spoke, these forty-five years, from the time that the LORD spoke this word to Moses, when Israel walked in the wilderness; and now behold, I am eighty-five years old today. I am still as strong today as I was in the day Moses sent me; as my strength was then, so my strength is now, for war and for going out and coming in. Joshua 14:10-11.
I renewed his youth. He was in the flow of faith where all things are possible and where My Word can come to pass.
The righteous live by faith and if they draw back I have no pleasure in them. Why? For the same reason Jesus was not pleased with the Pharisees and the people of Nazareth, He could work no miracles there. Where there is no faith, I am hindered in the good I can do for you. You limit Me.
When you begin worrying it is the end of faith over that situation. When you begin to have faith in the situation it is the end of worry.
There are many reasons I tell you not to worry about anything—not to fret, not to have any anxiety at all— but primarily because I want to spare you from what worry does to your life and to those around you. When you are constantly gnawed at by worry you cannot go forward. It debilitates you.
What you worry about, you will speak out and share with others, worry pushes you to share the burden of it. The fuller your heart is of worry the more you will speak it since your mouth speaks of what your heart is full.
It is up to you whether you are filled with the spirit of worry, which is an unclean spirit, or the spirit of faith, which is of the Holy Spirit.
It is the same principle that governs both, believe in your heart and speak with your mouth. And what you are speaking, you are calling in. And the more you speak the more you are calling it into your life at an ever increasing measure the more you speak it.
The more you speak of the dire consequences of your illness and the various stages that will come, the worse it will become. You become a prophet of the devil.
But I can care take care of what you are worrying about, those things are easy for Me to fix if you will just cast your care on Me and not worry. Jesus told you not to worry about provision but to first seek My Kingdom and My righteousness and the rest would be added. And He explained to you that you take a care by saying it.
Do not worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ Matthew 6:31.
When you keep your eyes on My Word, I can prosper you. Psalm 1:1-3. I can make all things work out for your good. Romans 8:28.
I have taken away your guilt and shame. I put these on Jesus and they are no longer yours. 2 Corinthians 5:21. I have made you holy, blameless and without reproach by His Blood. Colossians 1:20-23.
And by casting your care on Me, I do not mean presenting your worried thoughts as prayers. These are not prayers of faith, but prayers where you are really fellowshipping with your worry and trying to pull Me into that arena with you. Just like Peter did when he woke Jesus in the storm on the lake, and said to Him, “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?” Mark 4:38. And many of you pray like that. Never accuse Me of not caring for you for I tell you to cast you care on Me because I care for you. I have even the hairs of your head counted. I gave you My Son, will I not give you everything with Him? But you only can connect and receive by faith.
Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they will be granted you. Mark 11:24.
Therefore let us draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16.
When you cast your care on Me, do it with joy that I will fix it. I love a cheerful giver. A cheerful giver is a good receiver. Gratitude can take down worry every time.
Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7.
Be anxious for nothing, that means do not worry about anything. It is not okay to worry about anything. It is a lack of faith and does not add one moment to your life span. In fact, it will shorten it for worry causes unhealthy results in the body.
When the worried thought comes against you, you must take it down by answering it and casting it out immediately or it will oppress you if you entertain it and keep you from going forward with confidence and joy. You must not begin speaking these worried thoughts to people no matter how much you feel the push to let them out. Have no pity on such thoughts. Get them out and cast out the feeling that the unclean spirit of fear brings with it, for worry is a form of fear.
And you will notice I tell you first to rejoice in Me always, know I am near and I hear you and am working things out for your good. That is how Joseph stayed calm and unworried though abduction, slavery, prison, and ruling a nation as second in command during a time others found extremely stressful. He explained to his brothers who had sold him into slavery and now depended upon him for their livelihood,
As for you, you meant evil against me, but God meant it for good in order to bring about this present result, to preserve many people alive. Genesis 50:20.
In everything he saw My goodness at work where others would have seen only pain and deprivation. And he prospered in whatever he did and wherever he was, from the pit, to Potiphar’s house, to the prison, and ultimately to the palace. I was with him and he was grateful. I was his audience of one. A dance of two companies as one.
And what do you do instead of worrying and being anxious? In everything by prayer and petition with thanksgiving you let your requests be made known to Me with joy at all you are anticipating I will do for you, in you, and with you and how I will direct others around you. This is pleasing to Me and will authorize Me to give you favor, even with your enemies.
Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. Colossians 4:2.
And if you will be serious and unrelenting about this and not give in to worried thoughts and imaginations you will find My peace, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. You will have joy unspeakable filled with glory for you will know you are doing My Will, have sound mind at rest in Me, and you will reap the benefits.
I love you. Be serious about this. It is a matter of life and death. Be alert, be on your guard. Worry is sneaky and disguises itself as concern for another.
Be of sober spirit, be on the alert. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8.