A WORD OF ENCOURAGEMENT PENNED BY YOUR PASTOR……….
“Rejoice in the Lord alway: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand.” Phil. 4:4-5
I must be honest with you church, as I write these words of encouragement to you, they are really for me. In the morning, Tuesday, January 10th, my doctor is going to administer a Cervical Epidural Injection in my neck. Was I worried? Absolutely yes! Am I worried now? Absolutely not! What changed was my mind set.
Consider the Apostle Paul. If anybody had an excuse for worrying, it was the Apostle Paul. His beloved Christian friends at Philippi were not getting along. Euodia and Syntyche were having some obvious problems with each other. Whatever the problem was, it was causing division in the church. Along with the division in the church, Paul had to face division among the believers at Rome (Phil. 1:14-17). Added to these burdens was the possibility of his own death! Yes, Paul had a good excuse to worry – but he did not! Instead, he takes time to explain to us the secret of victory over worry.
The Old English root from which we get our word “worry” means “to strangle.” If you have ever really worried, you know how it does strangle person! In fact, worry has definite physical consequences: headaches, neck pains, ulcers, even back pains. Worry affects our thinking, our digestion, and even our coordination.
The antidote to worry is having a secure mind: “The peace of God….will guard your heats and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7). When you have a secure mind, the peace of God guards you and the God of peace guides you! Did you catch that? Let me say it again, when you have a secure mind, the peace of God guards you and the God of peace guides you! With that kind of insurance and assurance – why worry?
Rev. Dr. Major Stewart, Pastor
Greater Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, Charlotte, NC
January 15, 2017