Sunday, June 10, 2012

Joy and Peace in the Now (Philippians 4:4-7)

“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:4-7 ESV)

Depression and Anxiety are the two most common occurring mental health issues. Interestingly, it could be argued that both problems often come from not living in the present. People obsess about the past—things they have done or experienced—leading to increasing sadness and inability to function in the present; or they do the same with the future and are frozen with fear.

The solution to both problems is found in the present, and the fact that we know God is with us. When we make our way through life with God and bring our past and future to Him we find joy, reason and peace.

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