September 23, 2012

“Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” Philippians 4:6-7 The Message

What a gift it is when Christ moves into your heart .. your mind .. and your spirit. You no longer have to carry all the “things” that weigh you down. You hand them over to Jesus. For some, that just seems too simple. Does it mean you get a free pass from bad habits? No. It means that you believe that God is intimately involved in every area of your life .. even the areas where you “fret and worry”. He doesn’t expect you to work out you own anxieties and then ask for his help. You have a choice: to believe what God says and turn your burdens .. concerns .. worries .. and anxieties into prayer … or … you can continue to carry them on the inside and live them on the outside. It means when you pray you are letting Christ have all the “boxes” packed away in your heart and mind. Christ moved into your life (by faith) with his resurrection power. Every detail of your life is his concern. Every detail of your life is where God wants his glory to be seen. Every detail of your life is exactly where God is working his wholeness. It’s so easy to get impatient or settle for the lie that God isn’t interested in what your worries are or what causes you anxiety. The Cross wasn’t just for the big items of your life … it was for your whole life. Today is great day to give Jesus all of your concerns. And you start by praying. It only takes a moment …

“Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think — according to the power that works in you — to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” Ephesians 3:20-21 Holman Christian Standard

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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