Do not tolerate anxiety or worry for it will injure your soul.
Philippians 4:6-7 The Message (MSG)
6-7 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.
As I read these verses the Holy Spirit impressed upon me to do an in-depth study of their meanings in the Greek language.
What I found had a profound effect on me. I have read these verses over and over, but I never thought about the words “shall keep” in verse 7 as being so powerful. BUT it is the 3 words that come before the words “shall keep” that tell the real story.
Here are the same two verses in the King James Version plus what the Barnes Commentary says about the main phrases of Verse 7:
6. Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
7. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
And the peace of God – The peace which God gives. The peace here particularly referred to is that which is felt when we have no anxious care about the supply of our needs, and when we go confidently and commit everything into the hands of God.
Which passeth all understanding – That is, which surpasses all that people had conceived or imagined. The expression is one that denotes that the peace imparted is of the highest possible kind. The Christian, committing his way to God, and feeling that he will order all things aright, has a peace which is nowhere else known.
Shall keep your hearts and minds – That is, shall keep them from anxiety and agitation. The idea is, that by thus making our requests known to God, and going to him in view of all our trials and wants, the mind would be preserved from distressing anxiety. The way to find peace, and to have the heart kept from trouble, is thus to go and spread out all before the Lord. The word rendered here “shall keep,” is a military term, and means that the mind would be guarded as a camp or castle is. It would be preserved from the intrusion of anxious fears and alarms.
Through Christ Jesus – By his agency, or intervention. It is only in him that the mind can be preserved in peace. (from Barnes Bible Commentary)
If you just skipped over these verses and commentary, please go back and read them in-depth. The Holy Spirit can use a true understanding of this to change your life forever about anxiety and fear.
I got excited as I read the meaning of “shall keep” in this verse. I had read this before, but I never realized how much power the peace of God can produce when you let it control your life through Christ Jesus.
The Bible says the peace of God will be like a whole garrison of troops to guard your heart and mind when you make the decision to not let anxiety and worry control your thoughts.
***when you get before God and pour out your problems to Him
***then give them all to Him to resolve in whatever way He desires
***HIS PEACE will overtake your mind like a garrison of soldiers guarding a fort so the enemy Satan won’t be able to overtake it.
That fact is absolutely awesome for every follower of God. We don’t have to be down-and-out about problems that try to overtake us. Many of them we will never be able to solve anyway without God’s help. They just hold us hostage and keep us prisoner even though there are no physical walls.
We seem to think that if we don’t worry about a problem it means that we are not concerned about it.
The truth is, you make a choice either way – to worry or not to worry. If you choose the first option it can eventually cause major health problems because of the terrible things stress can do to your body.
I almost allowed extreme stress to destroy my health at one time, and I never want to go there again.
It took several months for me to get my physical and mental health back to 100%.
As I prayed about it later, the Holy Spirit revealed to me that I had prayed diligently about what I was to do in the first instance. When I got the answer, I should have acted immediately and left the situation. But because of other circumstances, I tried to stay in the situation. Satan saw this and set a trap. I stepped right into the trap, and almost suffered disastrous consequences. Satan is always looking to destroy us whenever possible, and I almost gave him the chance.
I still think that somehow God must have intervened to keep me from being totally destroyed and I thank Him so much for that. He gave me mercy and grace that I didn’t deserve.
I have learned a huge lesson – when God releases you from a situation it’s best to leave as soon as possible. His grace and strength are no longer there to sustain you, and you are on your own to fight a spiritual battle with fleshly strength. I found out the hard way that is a terrible thing to do!
Having the peace of God under the most trying of circumstances is something you will never be able to achieve when you try to handle things on your own.
The peace of God is a supernatural thing that can only come from God. We must do things HIS WAY and on HIS TERMS in order to receive HIS PEACE.
Dake’s Reference Bible says in the commentary about these verses: Do not tolerate anxiety or worry, for it will injure your own soul.
God tells us this for a reason – to keep us strong and in the best of physical, mental, and spiritual health. I definitely found out the hard way that constant anxiety for an extended period of time does affect you negatively in every way. Even my young grandchildren sensed that something was very wrong.
God is capable of handling any problem, not matter how large or small. BUT… you must make the decision to allow Him to handle it. When you have done that, the peace of God can then flood your mind and heart and you will have a certainty that God is in control no matter what the physical circumstances look like.
You have the power to make the choice. Will you choose worry and anxiety or will you choose the Peace of God?
This post written by Cathy Deaton.
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