A Word from Dr. Mike - 3/22/21
This month’s message series is titled “Be Still And Know.” Each Sunday we have focused on the subjects of fear, stress, and anxiety.
In August of 2010, the Associated Press reported the story of 75 yr. old Ron Sveden of Brewester, Mass., who was suffering from failing health, difficulty breathing, and aggravated coughing spells. Tests showed "an ominous dark spot" on his lung, which he concluded was probably cancer.
Though Sveden himself feared the worst, his doctors told him that tests were inconclusive, and only exploratory surgery would prove definitive. Upon removal of the mass, lab work concluded it was nothing more than an aspirated pea which had sprouted in the dark, moist environment of his lung. Needless to say, Sveden was greatly relieved to know the certain doom he'd projected would not come to pass.
It has been reported that 90% of what we “stress out about” never comes to pass. Our great GOD certainly knows our tendency to be fearful and anxious over issues in our lives. That is the reason He gave us the formula to win over our fears and anxieties in Philippians 4: 6-7: “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.”
GOD also offers another answer when our minds are filled with fear, anxiety, and stress. Isaiah 26:3 declares, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
GOD and His Word provide the solution to our fear, anxiety and stress. We make the choice whether we remain under the weight of this “unholy trinity,”
or whether we choose to put our focus on GOD, and thus experience and enjoy His perfect peace.