Take No Thought

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment” (Matthew 6:25)?

I love the King James Version of the above scripture which says, ‘take no thought.’ Other versions say, ‘do not worry,’ or ‘do not be anxious.’ Jesus was teaching the sermon on the Mount and spoke about anxiety and worry. He started by saying, don’t worry about what you are going to eat or wear. This is because the body is more important that food or clothes. Jesus also asked us to consider the birds, who do not labour, yet God feeds them. None of us can add any value to our lives from worrying. He also said, why should we worry about clothing? The lilies of the field also do not work, yet even King Solomon, with all of his wealth was not as well adorned as them.

If God can take care of the grass that is here today and tomorrow withers away, why would he not take care of you? Jesus described this type of worrying as lacking in faith. “Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed” (Matthew 6:31)? It is the people of the world who seek after these things. However, our father in heaven knows what we need. What should be our position? We seek the kingdom of God first and then everything else that we need will be added. We seek the kingdom by doing the will of God and work to promote the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Jesus’s final statement on this matter was; do not worry about tomorrow but let tomorrow worry about itself. How many of us even know whether or not the world will end tomorrow? Sometimes life takes such significant and even catastrophic turns, that some of what we worry about now pales in existence. I don’t believe that people who are caught in the middle of a war for example, are as concerned about the latest fashion. They’re primary concern will be to survive. The pandemic brought some of these things into focus and for a while, people focused more on relationships. It has perhaps created other challenges, such as soaring energy prices.

Many people are worried about energy companies and the increased cost of living. While I am not nonchalant about the issues, I don’t watch the news. This is because I do not need any additional reasons to be anxious. We bear in mind that the same God who provided yesterday, last week or even last year, will continue to provide for us. He will never leave us or forsake us. Prayer reduces anxiety. When I get really anxious about something, then I know that I need to spend some time praying about it. Generalised anxiety is sometimes an indication, of an area that we have not fully surrendered.

“do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4:6).

A.P.-Y.

18 thoughts on “Take No Thought

  1. Praying helps me too when I get anxious Anneta.
    Generalised anxiety about something might point to not completely surrendering that entirely to the lord- that stood out to me and is making me reflect and think. Thank you for sharing this.
    Blessings to you 💙

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  2. “When I get really anxious about something, then I know that I need to spend some time praying about. Generalised anxiety is sometimes an indication, of an area that we have not fully surrendered.” Love that!!

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  3. Great Word. He always shows me to focus on the good He will bring out of every situation then I will not worry. But I have a hard time focusing on the good at times. it is a battle we will always have until He comes. Your words help us to remember what we need!!🙏🙏🙏

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    1. Sometimes we need prayer and fasting to break strongholds over the mind. Negative though patterns originate from the kingdom of darkness and the blood of Jesus Christ and the anointing can uproot seeds illegally planted. Take every thought captive and subject it to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. 🙏🏾❤️

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      1. Sounds like a stronghold to me. Don’t give up. The anointing breaks the yoke and there is nothing that God cannot do. We are in a spiritual battle as believers, but God has given us the strategies to win. Add fasting and prayer. 🙏🏾❤️

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      2. Your words really did show me what I was doing. I was believing Satan’s lie to me saying it was me and I would always have this problem. When you said it was a stronghold it showed me, I do not have to put up with this. And now I feel so much better. Don’t ever stop telling people the right answer to their problem. You are so good at seeing the truth. Thank you so much! 😍😍😍

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      3. Amen 🙏🏾. It’s the work of the Holy Spirit and understanding the word. You do not have to put up with it and it was a lie that you would always have this problem. Time to kick Satan’s but! ☺️❤️🙏🏾

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