Ã¢â‚¬Å“DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ JesusÃ¢â‚¬Â(Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).
If you feel overwhelmed or confused about a decision that youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re trying to make, youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re probably caught up in yourself and not listening for GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s voice. The Bible says,Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“God is not a God of disorder but of peaceÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â (1 Corinthians 14:33 NIV). He is not the author of confusion. So if youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re feeling confused, guess what? ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s voice speaking in your life.
If youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re a parent, do you want your kids to feel pressured or confused when you ask them to do something? No. You want them to understand what to do and then respond in obedience. God the Father wants the same thing for and from us.
The only time pressure could be legitimate is if GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s told you to do something, and you keep saying Ã¢â‚¬Å“no.Ã¢â‚¬Â Then the pressure does build. But thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s always peace when you say Ã¢â‚¬Å“yesÃ¢â‚¬Â to what GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s asking you to do.
Satan wants to drive us compulsively, but God wants to draw us compassionately. Satan wants to take advantage of our compulsions and use them to drive our lives. But God is our Good Shepherd. He wants to draw us in toward himself and peace.
Peter Lord, a pastor I deeply respect, used to say, Ã¢â‚¬Å“Ninety percent of what God wants to say to you is encouragement.Ã¢â‚¬Â If negative messages are all you ever hear from God, somethingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s wrong. The wires have been crossed.
If you feel like GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s told you to do something but youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re increasingly anxious because of it, then the wires are crossed. SomethingÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not right.
The Bible tells us,Ã‚Â Ã¢â‚¬Å“DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience GodÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ JesusÃ¢â‚¬ÂÃ‚Â (Philippians 4:6-7 NLT).