What Are You Nurturing?

11/24/21 at 06:00 AM | Published Under Charis Staff

Adapted from Praise and Thanksgiving or Fear and Worry… You Choose by Andrew Wommack

You can’t nurture fear and panic for months or years, then just turn it off.

These spiritual forces are very detrimental to our spiritual, emotional, and physical health. Our world has become addicted to fear. If there aren’t enough negative things going on, the media will manufacture something for us to worry about.

It happens hundreds of times each day. We are inundated with bad news and dire predictions that affect our overall outlook and emotions.

This is the exact opposite of how the Bible tells us to live.

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” —Philippians 4:6

The Greek word for careful means to be anxious. We aren’t supposed to be anxious—about anything.

Anxious means apprehensive; worried. Are you apprehensive or worried? Sadly, most people would have to say yes.

The results of a person who is careful for nothing:

“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” —Philippians 4:7

This is the scriptural test to see where you are. Your life goes the way of your dominate thoughts (Prov. 23:7; Rom. 12:2). If you want to control your life, control your thoughts.

“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.” —Philippians 4:8

If we followed this verse, our lives would be totally different.

I don’t think anyone believes the media is honest, just, and pure, reporting things that are lovely, of good report, have virtue, and are praiseworthy.

People are concerned they’ll miss out on something. They would—fear, confusion, and discouragement. And if something really big happens, they’ll hear about it.

How do we counter the negativism that crowds in on us from every direction?

“Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.” —Isaiah 26:3

This scripture states very plainly that perfect peace comes from staying focused on God and trusting Him. Begin with that.

Then, the greatest antidote is thanksgiving and praise. When we thank God for His blessings, it refocuses us from the negative to the positive things in our lives. God’s goodness is greater than all of the enemy’s attacks.

We all have much to be thankful for and more than enough reason to praise Him.

We just need to put everything into perspective. Thanking and praising God will build you up and give you strength. They are powerful weapons against the devil, and they minister to the Lord.

It’s appropriate to be thinking about them as we celebrate what I believe to be the most sacred holiday in America. It was set aside just to give thanks and has not been diluted with things like little rabbits and reindeer!

Happy Thanksgiving!