Joy and Strength 01/09

In nothing be anxious; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God which passeth all understanding, shall guard your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Jesus.
Phil. iv. 6, 7 (R. V.).

JUST think of having His wonderful peace guarding one’s heart and one’s thoughts all day long. But it is only on condition that we fulfil the sixth verse, ” In nothing be anxious,” — this is a distinct command, and, if we fail to fulfil it, we shall not get the blessing. Sorrow even is anxiety, and should be laid upon our blessed Lord. Then in prayer and supplication we must not forget that thanksgiving is also distinctly commanded; we must praise God for His dealings with us, even though we cannot make them out at times. Pray God to make you cease from anxiety about yourself and your plans; just be willing to do the work our dear Father gives you at the time.
John Kenneth Mackenzie

Oh, how great peace and quietness would he possess who should cut off all vain anxiety and place all his confidence in God.
Thomas A. Kempis

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