If we shouldn’t worry what shall we do instead? For it’s not that our hearts are troubled by choice or as if it is a thing that we can turn on and off as we desire.
( If you have not read Part 1, please do so by clicking here to have the full understanding of what is shared here as this is the continuation)
What I’m about to share with you are four fundamental exercises that we can practice to cause our faith in God to be steadfast and endure to the end when it comes to worries.
Unless we apply our faith in the midst of calamity and heaviness, it is impossible to endure to the end in thanksgiving which is the will of God concerning us.
Here’s how we can train our faith according to the Holy Scriptures:
Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 KJV
- “By prayer and supplication”: Instead of worrying we must attain a prayerful life supplied with the confidence described to us as follow:
Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. 1 Peter 5:6-7 KJV
- “Let your requests be made known unto God”: We must learn to utilize our time more wisely and not unto vain things which cannot help us recover nor deliver. Making our requests known unto God, it is a time well spent for in Him alone is our deliverance and healing.
For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand… Psalm 84:10 KJV
- “And the peace of God…, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”: We must seek the tranquility of the heart which occurs to all man by the conviction of its salvation and redemption through Christ. Fearing nothing in this world of whatsoever sort that is, unless we too become like the children of Israel in the wilderness who provoked God in anger.
These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33 KJV
- “In thanksgiving”: Finding refuge in God isn’t obligatory but a gift of God, for thus it is written:
… I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion. So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy. Romans 9:15-16 KJV
The purpose of this application is to become persistent in prayer and not faint for unless we become persistent, we will faint, and the destroyer (adversary) shall appear before us.
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour. 1 Peter 5:8 KJV
Jesus gave a parable that demonstrates the impact but also the importance of persistence of prayers that are done according to His will.
There was a widow who sought to be relieved from her adversary before an unjust Judge who feared not God nor regarded man. The Judge ignored her request for a while but afterward due to the widow being persistent in appearing before the Judge; the Judge dealt with the adversary of the widow (Referring to Luke 18:1-5). Towards the end of the parable the Lord said:
Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth? Luke 18:6-8 KJV
Please note the last question of these three verses “Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”.
For this is the promise to all who find the pure faith that is in Christ not that they should be without problems and calamity but that they shall discover deliverance in Him as He promised and that He who gave that promise is faithful:
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. Psalm 34:19 KJV
Faith is the only instrument given to man to enter the Lord’s deliverance and riches of His goodness, and once you have tasted the benefits of the true faith in God, you will desire nothing outside of it, and your soul will find peace and be satisfied.
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