Tuesday 24th November 2020
THEME:-ANXIETY WEIGHS DOWN THE HEART KIND WORD CHEERS IT UP LIVE AT PEACE IN EVERY SITUATION.
TEXTS:-Proverbs 12:25; John 14:37.
“Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.”
Proverbs 12:25 KJV
“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”
John 14:27 KJV
Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop
Jesus said that in this world we will have trouble, but that he has overcome the world (Jn 16:33). This should be the way to a peaceful and tranquil heart, but the fact is, in our flesh, we can sometimes lose sight of the gospel and our feelings will betray some of our fears. When anxiety creeps up on us, the heart can become heavy with it. This happens when something lodges somewhere in our minds and won’t stop nagging about the possible negative outcome that looms. Try as we might to forget it, it is like we cannot control it. Satan works on this level, whispering in our ears to keep us focused on the possibility of disaster that awaits if things go as badly as they could. This is what “weighs down the heart.” It colors every other thought and action until we can get rid of it by solving the problem, or trusting God with the outcome.
Because so much of the time the anxiety is tied to feelings of self-doubt, insecurity, and even shame for the situation we are in, a “kind word” is often just the thing that can cheer up the heart. “You can do it,” or “it’ll be ok,” are a good place to start, but the kindest word to cheer up an anxious person can be found in Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.” The Word of God is the true source of peace, and prayer is the truest way to deal with a problem. If you are anxious, consider this a kind word to you. If you know someone who is anxious, be a source of encouragement to them and you will do much good in the name of Jesus.
Breaking Down the Key Parts of Proverbs 12:25
Anxiety is a feeling of fear about a possible outcome.
2 “…weighs down the heart,”
In this usage, the “heart” is the seat of the soul or the self. A person is weighed down with worry when their heart is.
3 “but a kind word cheers it up.”
There is great power in kindness. Words have the power to destroy and the power to build up. Biblical truth from the Word of God is the most helpful and the most powerful kind of word one can speak to a brother or sister in the grip of anxiety
Either an anxious care and solicitude about living in the world, signifies; when it seizes a man’s spirits, it depresses them, and keeps them down: or a fear and dread of adversity, or sorrow and grief, on account of some calamity and distress; when it gets into a man’s heart, it sinks and bows it down, that it cannot take any pleasure or comfort in anything,
“a word of fear in the heart of man causes fear:”
such is the law, which is a word of terror; which speaks terrible things to men; fills the mind with terror; works wrath in the conscience, and induces a spirit of bondage to fear; bows and keeps under the spirits of men, through a fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation; but a good word maketh it glad;
a comforting, cheering, and encouraging word from any friend, that compassionates their distressed case; this lifts up the heart and inspires it with joy; so a word in season, spoken by a Gospel minister, raises up a soul that is bowed down, and gives it comfort and joy: such a good word is the Gospel itself; it is good news from a far country, which is like cold water to a thirsty soul, very refreshing and reviving. The Septuagint and Arabic versions here render it, “a good message”, and such the Gospel is; which, when brought to the heart of a poor sinner, depressed with the terrors of the law, causes joy in it; such is the word of peace, pardon, righteousness, and eternal life by Christ; such is the word that he himself spoke, ( Matthew 9:2 ) . Kimchi instances in ( Psalms 55:22 ) .
BbOne of the most essential thing living at Peace with all men anywhere at all times.
Peace is one of the most important elements to enjoying your life.
A life of frustration and struggle, a life without peace, is the result of focusing on things you can’t do anything about. When you worry about things beyond your control, stress and anxiety begin to creep into your life.
The apostle Paul said, “Be anxious for nothing, 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 minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7 NKJV).
Once we realize we are struggling with something and feel upset, we need to start praying and immediately turn the situation over to God, thankful He will provide according to His will and offer us peace. You and I are not called to a life of frustration and struggle. Jesus came so we could have righteousness, joy, and peace!
Lord, when I am feeling anxious please draw me near to You. As You encourage me, help me to encourage other who are struggling with anxiety. Use my struggles to bring hope to others who are struggling. No matter what, please remind me that You are in control of everything.
Father, I am grateful for peace. It is a wonderful gift that You have given me, and I ask for Your help to always be peaceful in every situation in Jesus Name