I am in the middle of reading a great book called, The Healing Power of Christ, by Emily Gardner Neal, published 1972. Chapter 15 is titled, "Are You Anxious or Afraid?" and deals with eliminating stress in our lives. Her advice from so many years ago holds true today.
Mrs. Neal says that few of us are totally immune from anxiety. Our anxieties, like our depressions, range from being merely troublesome to complete incapacitation. We would keep out of trouble if we kept our eyes focused on Him. In Matthew 14:30, Peter took his eyes off Jesus and sank. We don't know how far under he went, but we know he must have been a good swimmer if he was a fisherman living on a boat.
Anxiety, Mrs. Neal says, is the negation of the Spirit of God in us, for love, which is God, casts out fear (I John 4:18). The moment we are disobedient to God, the instant we break a spiritual law, we suffer the consequences, which are self-induced not God-produced. The Christian should live in the present. He should be informed by the past, but not agonize over it. You do what seems best to you at the time. It is done and over with. So forget it.
As for our fear of the future, most often what we fear does not come to pass. Our Lord never promised His followers cake - only bread - the Bread of Life. There is no implication here that we should ever pray, "Give us cake and caviar and Cadillacs for the rest of our lives." Also, don't cancel your life insurance, you need it. Mrs. Neal was a born worrier and had to learn to turn all over to Him for His blessing, healing and guidance. This also does not mean that in your life there will never be trouble , anxiety, or tension. It does mean that these things will be caught up in the flood of God's love and mercy, moment by moment.
Anyone can learn to enter the present moment and surrender. Ask God what He wants of you now. Ask the Holy Spirit to open your spiritual ears so you may hear what He wants to tell you. You will receive a peace that exists in your heart regardless of what happened in your past. It is an ineffable peace of the heart and spirit, which comes from knowing God and striving to live according to His will. It lies at the core of our being, and cannot be disturbed no matter what.
I have seen so many people healed during our seminars for Prayer Healing Ministry. Come join us next time and be hugged by Him who loves you.
I bought a coffee cup with a wonderful saying on it:
Peace - It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.