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Thankfulness Over Anxiety

Lord, you are good and your mercy is forever!!!

It's 26/11/2020 05:52 am, I have just woken up from a dream where I was sitting on my bed and someone was helping me to record. In that recording, I had something I wanted to read and I am assuming it's scripture but I remember saying let me sing first before I read this and I started singing, "Thank you, my Lord, I want to thank you for the rest of my life".

I am practising this thing I saw someone talk about on Instagram; shutting down apps overnight. I am the kind of person who checks apps all the time especially when I wake up at night and sometimes I do not hear what God is saying by waking me up at night because I quickly rush to the apps, then before I know it, I am lost in the things of this world.

Anyway, I went into my phone to write down my dreams, which is very important because it's easy to forget them and God does truly speak through dreams. After writing down the dream, I found myself asking what God was trying to say, what the dream meant. I went on the bible app on my phone, which I have turned into a big icon on my Home Screen to allow me to see the verse of the day without going into the app. The verse for the day is from Psalm 100:4, "Give thanks to him and praise him". What a coincidence! As always, I was blown away but then, God supersedes any human understanding so yeah, his work will always blow your mind away, definitely!

At that moment, I remembered that I once preached Psalm 100 back when I was in Zimbabwe, I must have been 9 or 10 at the time. We had our weekly prayer meetings at church and I was asked to preach at the next prayer meeting.

Back to the story, I went into the bible App and after minutes of looking at other things I decided to read one of my current daily devotionals. This devotional is about mindfulness, staying in the moment. It looked at Matthew 6: 25 - 34. In this scripture, God is teaching people the art of not worrying about tomorrow or overthinking. He says, "Tomorrow will have its own problems".

I read the book of Matthew before, but today it spoke to me more, being someone who overthinks, which usually turns into worrying. The title of the devotional is, "Tuning to God: spiritual practices". From this, I am hearing God say, "I" want you to make it relatable "WE" need to stay in the moment and take each day as it comes. We need to appreciate what we have in front of us before we think about what tomorrow may bring.

Think about it, what does worry or overthinking change, completely nothing. Overthinking will not change anything but bring stress and before you know it, you have moved away from the presence of God and no longer hear what he is saying at the moment.

People think there are special individuals who have the privilege of hearing from God, which is not true. Anyone and everyone can hear from God, but we need to start practising the art of turning to Him. God is always present but it is we who move away from his presence. He is always speaking but it is us who switch out of his frequency like a radio station and start hearing what the world is saying. Before we know it, we are so consumed by things of this world and no longer living according to the verse that warns us against conforming to things of this world, Romans 12:2.

It's easier said than done, I know, but let's all start by being thankful for what God has given us today. I will start: today I am grateful for life, God has woken me up to see today. I am challenging you to think of one thing you are grateful for today and from that thing, give thanks to who it belongs to; daddy God. Once you have done so, look at what's happening around you, where you are currently today, ask the spirit of God who lives within you, what God is trying to communicate to you. Do not overthink, allow the Holy Spirit to pour into you. What is God saying, what came to your mind? Focus on today, stay in the moment. Do not miss out on what God is saying to you today by focusing on what tomorrow may bring. The devil is very canning, it's one of his schemes to make us overthink, worry so much that we will stop appreciating what is in front of us, stop being grateful to God but instead, lose trust in our Father.

The bible tells us to cast our anxieties to God, 1 Peter 5:7. This includes our thoughts about tomorrow. The word anxiety is a big word and when people talk about it, they quickly deny having "anxiety", however worrying about tomorrow is part of anxiety. It consumes us and before we know it, we are suffocating do not know how to come out of it. This is the work of the devil, creeping in to ruin your day with worries, taking away your trust in God. Due to anxiety, many people have turned into devil-worshipping through consulting witch doctors, fortune taller, tarot readers, palm readers, horoscope and false prophets, just so they can know about tomorrow.

Part of loving God is you trusting him. When you love someone, you trust them. You cannot just love without trust. Saying you love God means you trust that he is sovereign and that he has taken care of your tomorrow for He says, "I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future," Jeremiah 29:11. Trust God enough not to worry about tomorrow because he has already reassured us through his word.

The bible goes on to say, "Submit yourselves, therefore, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you" - James 4:7. Part of fleeing the devil is choosing not to worry about tomorrow. Each time the devil tries to fight our thoughts, we just declare Jeremiah 29:11 and resist the spirit of anxiety.

Let's pray:

Father God in the name of Jesus, today I choose to trust in the plans you have for me, I choose to resist the devil and his canning ways. Today I ask you to deliver me from the spirit of anxiety that attacks me, removing me from your presence. Today I choose to stay in your presence, I choose to trust in you, I choose to hear from you, I choose to love you. Thank you for all you have done, you are doing and will do. Please forgive me for overthinking and my lack of trust in your sovereignty. Please help me to stay in the moment by reminding me of your sacrifice on the cross through your son Jesus Christ. I love you and I trust in you. Thank you, daddy. I say all this in the mighty name of Jesus Christ, amen!

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