We must always approach the Word of God as though it is the first time we have heard it.
John 14:27 NKJV Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
John 14:27 AMPC Peace I leave with you; My [own] peace I now give and bequeath to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. [Stop allowing yourselves to be agitated and disturbed; and do not permit yourselves to be fearful and intimidated and cowardly and unsettled.]
John 16:33 AMPC I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]
- It is the will of God for the believer to live in the peace of Jesus Christ!
If Jesus said that we should have this, then we should know what it is.
Peace – (GREEK) – Eirene – Opposite of war and dissension, peace of mind, tranquility; health, welfare, prosperity, every kind of good.
Isaiah 9:6 NKJV For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Notice Jesus is called “The Prince of Peace.”
Peace (HEBREW) – shalom – safe, well, friendly, good welfare (health, prosperity, peace, favor, rest; all is well.
Philippians 4:6-7 TPT Don’t be pulled in different directions or worried about a thing. Be saturated in prayer throughout each day, offering your faith-filled requests before God with overflowing gratitude. Tell him every detail of your life, (7) then God’s wonderful peace that transcends human understanding, will make the answers known to you through Jesus Christ.
By implication, these two verses are telling us that when worry is present, peace is not.
- One of the greatest enemies to your peace in Christ Jesus, is going to be worry!
Matthew 6:25 NKJV “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?
The first phrase of this verse is often translated “Don’t be anxious for your life…”
This phrase could be accurately translated, “Take no anxious thought for your life…” because Jesus is not saying that we shouldn’t think about our lives.
He is not saying don’t think about groceries. Jesus has no problem with you making a grocery list.
It is OK to think about your life but there is a line where it crosses over and becomes worried and anxious thoughts.
Jesus said, “Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”
- Jesus is saying that one of the reasons we get caught up in worry is because we do not know what is important.
If you are worried about clothes, then you don’t know how unimportant clothes are.
If you are worried about food, then you don’t know how unimportant food is.
You have a Creator that is concerned about your life and the earth is not getting ready to run out of food.
What should I be thinking about? The God Who is more than enough and will provide for you.
GOD’S PROVISION IN THE WILDERNESS (To provide for 2.5 million people):
- 4500 tons of manna per day / 65,700,000 tons over 40 years
- 90,000,000 quail per month (30 days)
- 15,000,000 gallons of water per day / 100,000,000 per week
Worry is a manifestation of fear.
There are varying degrees of fear and fear always puts you in bondage.
Hebrews 2:14-15 NKJV Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, (15) and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
John 8:31-32 NKJV Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. (32) And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
Do you know all the truth of God’s Word there is to know?
If not, that means there is more freedom awaiting you.
Matthew 6:26 NKJV Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
- You cannot just not worry. You must choose to look and think about something else.
You can change the channel of what you are looking at.
You won’t get your miracle being focused on the need. You won’t get the answer being focused on your need.
Jesus is saying to focus on what He does.
Go bird watching! They are eating everywhere.
- You can tell whether you are focused on or thinking about the right or wrong thing by the presence of fear or the presence of peace.
Matthew 6:27 NKJV Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
- People continue to worry because they can’t admit that their situation is bigger than they are!
Worrying will not make you any more qualified or equipped to take care of or provide for yourself.
Matthew 6:28-29 NKJV “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; (29) and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Go flower and field watching!
Matthew 6:30 NKJV Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
Are the birds eating? Then so will I.
Is the grass growing and flowers blooming? Then I will be clothed.
Matthew 6:31-34 NKJV “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ (32) For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. (33) But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. (34) Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
How can you tell when it has crossed the line and gone from just thinking about it to worrying about it?
You have crossed over to worry when that thing has vexed you.
Vexed – (DICTIONARY) – feel annoyed, frustrated, or worried, especially with trivial matters.
1 John 4:18 NKJV There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves torment. But he who fears has not been made perfect in love.
Perfect love means “complete” or fully developed.
- Fully developed love expels with force the fear.