Fresh Hope – 22nd December 2018

How many of you worry and stress at this time of year? How many of you overthink things, which leads to that worry and stress?

If we let worry take control of our minds, it can become anxiousness, which leads to fear and even sickness.STOP! Take control right now of those thoughts and instead PRAY.

 Psalm 55 v 22. Cast your burdens onto Jesus, for He cares for you.

 The Message version says “pile your troubles on God’s shoulders, He will carry your load, He will help you out. He will never let good people topple into ruin.”

 Here’s another verse…

 Philippians 4 vs 6-7. Be anxious about nothing (NOTHING) , but in everything bring your requests and prayers with thanksgiving, to God.

 

Why do we carry burdens? Why do we worry about stuff? Why do we let it escalate in our minds? Why do we let our thoughts get on the train to anxiousness? When the answer is simple… It’s called prayer.

 This week I was troubled about many things. Some of you would have said “really??” (to some of the things I was actually troubled about).

We all get concerned about different things, especially at this time of year, when there is much to think about, to organise and to do.

Sometimes when we step back, we even ask ourselves, ‘why did I get worried about that?’

I lie awake going over things in my mind, I’m sure they were escalating in my thinking, when God clearly said to me “Gillian, why are you worrying when you just need to pray? Give it to me, I am the one who wants to carry your burdens, you can’t sort it but I CAN.”

Yes, it’s actually that simple.

Why do we toss and turn and lose sleep over things that God is concerned about and wants to sort for us?

 

 Psalm 56 v 8 – you’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book.

 

 1 Peter 5v7 – Cast all your cares on HIM, for He cares for you.

 

Don’t lose the joy and peace and love that God wants to bestow on you this beautiful season, through worrying.

Stop it right now and pray.

 Pastor Gillian

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