Sunday, 8 August 2021
Title: How not to be anxious?
By Elder Yu Chin Shie
Philippians 4:6-7

“Do not be anxious about anything, 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 your minds in Christ Jesus.” ESV

The apostle Paul, the author of the book of Philippians, has every good reason to be anxious. At the time he wrote the book, he was under house arrest in Rome, awaiting for his trial with a high possibility of it ending in execution. His beloved friends in Philippi were at odds with one another (Phil 4:1-3) and there were preachers in Rome jealous of him and trying to get him into trouble (Phil 1:15).

Despite his circumstances, Paul’s dominant theme in the letter of Philippians is “Joy”. The key verse of the book is “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!” (4:4)

Paul evidently has found the secret of overcoming anxiety. Let’s learn from him (through inspiration of God) so that we know how not to be anxious.

The first thing we are told is “Not to be anxious!”. Notice it is a command of the Lord that we should not be anxious. It is not easy as most of us will admit. However, if we are told to do so, we can be assured God will enable us to overcome anxiety by His Holy Spirit.

The antidote of anxiety is PRAYER. Paul’s admonition is not to worry about ANYTHING but pray about EVERYTHING. We are inclined to pray about the “big things” that bothers us, like financial worries, job security, relationship and health issues. Here we are told to pray about everything. There is nothing too “small” that God our Heavenly Father is not interested to hear from us and willing to help us. What is of concern to us is of concern to God. In fact, He knows what you need before you ask Him. (Matthew 6:8)

We are told to bring our concerns and anxieties to God through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving.

Prayer is talking to God. Generally, when we approach God in prayer, we start with worship, adoration and thanksgiving. Whenever we find ourselves filled with anxiety, our first action should be to spend time with God in prayerful worship and adoration. As we meditate on God’s greatness and majesty, we are reminded that whatever problems or anxieties we have, God is big enough to deal with it. We also thank God for what He has done for us in the past.

Having spent time with God in worship and thanksgiving, we are ready to move on to supplication where we begin to make known our requests to God.

We must take note that God may not necessarily remove the problems that cause our anxiety. However, He promises a peace which surpasses all understanding. This peace is beyond our ability to understand or to explain. Therefore, it must be experienced. Jesus said in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.”

However, there is a condition to receiving this peace that surpasses all understanding. We must be IN CHRIST JESUS. For those who are anxious and fearful under current Covid pandemic situation and have been affected in one way or another, I like to appeal to you to put your trust in Jesus to experience His peace that will sustain you and see you through this difficult time.

Prayer –

Heavenly Father,
Thank you for reminding us not to be anxious. Instead, to bring before you our anxieties in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving. Even though you may choose not to solve the problem immediately, we thank you for your promise to give us the peace of God that surpasses all understanding.

In Jesus name,
Amen

每日灵粮
星期日 2021 年 8 月 8 日
标题:如何不焦虑?
作者:余进时长老
翻译:林良億姐妹

腓立比书 4:6-7 应当一无挂虑,只要凡事借着祷告、祈求和感谢,将你们所要的告诉神。神所赐出人意外的平安,必在基督耶稣里保守你们的心怀意念。

腓立比书的作者使徒保罗有充足的理由焦虑。在他写这本书的时候,他正在罗马被软禁,等待他的审判,很有可能以处决告终。他在腓立比的摯友们意见相左(腓立比书 4:1-3),罗马的传道人嫉妒他并试图让他陷入困境(腓立比书 1:15)。

尽管处境艰难,保罗在腓立比书信中的主要主题是“喜乐”。这本书的关键经文是“你们要靠主常常喜乐。我再说,你们要喜乐”。 (4:4)

保罗显然找到了克服焦虑的秘诀。让我们(通过上帝的灵感)向祂学习,这样我们就知道如何不焦虑。

我们被告知的第一件事是“不要焦虑!”。请注意,我们不应焦虑,这是主的命令。正如我们大多数人所承认的那样,这并不容易。然而,如果我们被告知这样做,我们可以确信上帝会通过祂的圣灵使我们克服焦虑。

焦虑的解药是祷告。保罗的告诫是不要为任何事情担心,而是为一切祷告。我们倾向于为困扰我们的“大事”祷告,例如财务问题、工作保障、人际关系和健康问题。在这里,我们被告知要为一切祈祷。没有什么是太“小”了,我们的天父上帝很感兴趣听到我们的声音并愿意帮助我们。我们所关心的,就是上帝所关心的。事实上,在你问祂之前,祂就知道你需要什么了。 (马太福音 6:8)

我们被告知要借着感恩的祷告和恳求,将我们的忧虑和焦虑带到上帝面前。

祷告是对上帝说话。一般来说,当我们在祷告中接近上帝时,我们从敬拜、朝拜和感恩开始。每当我们发现自己充满焦虑时,我们的第一个行动应该是花时间与上帝在一起,虔诚地崇拜和敬拜。当我们默想上帝的伟大和威严时,我们会想起无论我们有什么问题或焦虑,大能的上帝都可以应付。我们也感谢上帝过去为我们所做的一切。

在敬拜和感恩中与上帝共度时光后,我们准备好继续祈求,开始向上帝表达我们的要求。

我们必须注意,上帝不一定会消除引起我们焦虑的问题。然而,他应许了一种超越所有理解的和平。这种平安是我们无法理解或解释的。因此,必须经历。耶稣在约翰福音 14 章 27 节说:“我留下平安给你们;我将我的平安赐给你们。我所赐的,不像世人所赐的。你们心里不要忧愁,也不要胆怯。”

然而,获得这种超越所有理解的和平是有条件的。我们必须在基督耶稣里。对于那些在当前疫情下感到焦虑和恐惧并以某种方式受到影响的人,我想呼吁您相信主耶稣基督,体验祂的平安,这将支持您并帮助您度过这个困难时期。

祷告:天父,谢谢祢提醒我们不要焦虑。取而代之的是,在祷告和恳求中,带着感恩,把我们的焦虑带到祢面前。即使祢可能选择不立即解决问题,我们感谢祢的承诺,让我们获得超越所有人理解上帝的平安。奉主耶稣基督的名求的。阿们。