Good morning all, a word of encouragement from Papa.
I was wrestling and worrying over the usual kind of stuff that clouds the mind (work, health, money "insert your worry here") and I asked the Father to help we unwind the tangle of thoughts.
I was feeling a little unworthy of approaching the throne because well I'm a bit sloppy at the edges so I asked for the burning coal to touch my lips, accepting the grace & mercy provided through the sacrifice of Jesus and relying on the promise of his word - I chose to draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having my heart sprinkled to cleanse me from a guilty conscience.
The answer I got was really quite simple which I suppose is often the case but potentially transforming if applied. I sensed the Father stand beside me smiling, he put is arm around my shoulders and as we walked a little he nuzzled His fist into my head laughing saying 'don't worry about these things, I'll look after this stuff. You focus on pursuing me' Basically seek first the kingdom of God.....and all these things will be added unto you.
So, the word is, don't focus on the darkness, pursue the light and this will chase off the darkness. Love casts out fear etc. Don't expend your energies trying to avoid and fight, the battle belongs to the Lord. Cast your burdens onto Him and focus on the good, he will tackle the enemy/our worries on our behalf. Avoiding evil isn't enough because it leaves a vacuum which can be occupied by 7 other evils - we need to pursue good.
I hope you find this of practical value. Peace, peace in your inmost being.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right,whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Thanks to Gerry K for sending this out over the weekend.