4Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
8Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.The antidote for our worries and also for our habit of worrying is to:1) Rejoice in the Lord -- God wants us to be choose to be happy and satisfied with who He is for us.
2) Tell God what we need in prayer -- God wants us to be honest with Him about what we need. The Bible clearly tells us that every good thing is from God, it also tells us that we rely on God for our very breath. We also rely on God for forgiveness. God loves to hear our requests and for us to admitt that we need Him. Realizing our need puts us in the humble position of realizing our dependance on God. God loves to meet our needs! He is all we need!
3) As we pray about what we need, give thanks to Him -- We should pray; thankful and mindful of what He has already done. This will help us to be expectant of Him to to so much more in the future.
4) Think about good things as (defined by verse Phil 4:8 )
whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Our mind needs to be clean if we don't want worry and doubt to overwhelm us.
Of course this is an ongoing process. We need to make it a habit to be thankful, to rejoice and to think about good good things. We need His continued help and strength to even seek Him.
Lord come and help us to draw near to you so that we will recieve all we need from you for life. You are our Life. You have the words of eternal life -- where else can we go.
As we follow God's recipe for the "Antidote for Worry" we will see that the peace of God will gaurd our hearts and minds and the peace of God will be with us. What more could we want!I know that we all would love God's peace to surround us. Having God's Peace means living God's Way. So often we may focus on our outward behaviour but God wants us to start by filtering what goes through our heart and mind; the very source of our behaviour and the centre of who we are. God bless you as you seek His peace and may you find many reasons to thankful to our Heavenly Father this season and always.