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Worry-Free Living

14 Jun

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I recently read that the most highlighted verse in the online Kindle e-Bible is…are you ready for this? Here you go: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” (Ph 4:6)

The focus of that verse is usually placed on prayer as the antidote for worry. Certainly Paul encourages you to pray about about everything. However, there is more to worry-free living than just prayer. Lete me explain.

By isolating verse 6 and 7, I have been guilty of missing the fundamental reason behind such a ridiculous-pie-in-the-sky sounding statement such as “do not be anxious” or “Don’t worry about anything.”

Read the verse in context and see if you see what I mean. “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything…” Did you see it? Ancient commentators like John Chrysostom would read verse 5 and 6 as one verse, not two separate verses. So it would read “The Lord is near. Have no worries.”

And that my friends is the secret to worry-free living. Recognize the presence of the Lord. That’s right…the main reason we don’t have to worry is because the Lord is near. Now, if you are worried then talk with him about that.

So there you go. Enough said.

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6 responses to “Worry-Free Living

  1. Men of One Accord

    June 14, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    Yes, context suddenly reappears when remove the numbers! How many more verses of the Bible have we taken out of context by adding in the numbers to help us find places in the Bible more easily? God Bless, James

     
    • danholland2819

      July 26, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      Agreed. Removing verse and chapter numbers causes the mind to have fresh thoughts about scripture probably because it doing so turns off autopilot in our mind and forces our minds chart new lines of thought. Interesting…

       
  2. Virginia

    June 14, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Hmmm, I clicked on the video at the bottom of the page, thinking you had put it there to illustrate your message. Even though it’s just a random advertisement, it sort of works.

     
    • danholland2819

      July 26, 2013 at 1:44 pm

      Not sure what link was there…uhm…interesting.

       
  3. Jp

    June 18, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    I just wanted to say thank you for your excellent sermon Sunday at Vida Real. It was exactly what I needed to hear that day. Thank you very much and I hope God keeps doing great things with you!

     
    • danholland2819

      July 26, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Thank you JP. I enjoyed the opportunity to be with Vida Real. I was encouraged. Dan

       

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