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The Practice of Awareness (Philippians 4:5, Part 3)

If you are not careful, you can be so busy doing life that you don’t even notice the presence of God in your life. This is what happened to a man named Jacob. Jacob lived a life on the fast track doing business deals and making lots of money. He was on the go. Going from one thing to another. One night God caught up with Jacob in a dream. Jacob woke up from the dream and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place, and I wasn’t even aware of it!” (Genesis 28:16, NLT). Continue reading

The Practice of Awareness (Philippians 4:5, Part 2)

One of the weapons against anxiety is awareness, spiritual awareness. The devil does not want you to be aware of what he is doing, what God is doing, or what is happening inside you. The devil wants you to be oblivious to what you are thinking, feeling, and doing. He doesn’t want to see God at work in your life or around your life. Awareness implies vigilance in observing what is occurring around you. Continue reading

The Practice of Awareness (Philippians 4:5, Part 1)

If you are going to live in peace, it’s not going to happen by accident. Every day you have opportunities to get upset, to be offended and to be worried. Life happens. People get on your nerves, unexpected bills, a family member is in the hospital, the kids mess up the house, and your spouse is inconsiderate. If you wait for all your circumstances to calm down and people to do what’s right to have peace and to stop worrying, you will be waiting your whole life. God never promised you that He would keep you from difficulties. He never said that you wouldn’t have storms, but He did say He would give you peace in the midst of the storm. He calls it a peace that surpasses understanding (Philippians 4:6-7). That means despite what is going on around you, you can experience peace within you. Continue reading

The Practice of Gentleness (Philippians 4:5, Part 1)

When you are going through a stressful time and you are experiencing anxiety, anger, worry, fear, irritation or being annoyed by something you will be tempted to be unkind, harsh, rude, cruel, and insensitive to the people in your life. Instead of being unkind and rude God wants you to be gentle. He wants you to be aware, calm, and present for others even when you are hurting. No matter what kind of trouble, problem, pain, or difficulty you are going through it is no excuse for you to be harsh and cruel to someone else. One of the keys to experiencing peace in the middle of your anxiety is to let the gentle spirit inside you control you. Continue reading

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