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God Uses People to Care for People

Fill your prayers with praise and thanksgiving and make them powerful

God Uses People to Care for People
Lead by Example – Part II

Scripture Reading: 1 Peter 5:1-12

Key Verse: 1 Peter 5:3 NLT
Don’t lord it over the people assigned to our care but lead them by your own good example.

Yesterday’s devotional described our part in the defeat of worry and fear. Today we will look at God’s part in this battle.

When we use words of faith instead of words of worry, what does God do? Philippians 4:7 tells us:

Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.

Once God puts His peace in our hearts, that peace – God’s peace – guards our hearts and minds from worry and fear!

Remember the basic reason God uses people to care for people: because people with fear and worries need a human voice to lead them to God’s peace. When we lead by our own examples, others can relate to us. The evil one wants to isolate people and make them feel that they are the only ones who struggle with worry and fear. When we obey God’s nudge to step into their lives and share our struggles and how God’s Word helps us, hope rises in them.

God inspired the Apostle Paul to use the word “guards” in Philippians 4:7. That word paints a great picture so we can understand God’s part in our victory over worry and fear.

When a problem pops up that causes us to worry or fear, we lose the joy of the Lord in those moments. Our minds paint the worst-case scenarios and the evil one uses these negative thoughts to blind us from God’s help.

When we worry or fear, the Holy Spirit reminds us to turn to God for help. Once we begin to pray and tell God what we need, the angels of Heaven step in to protect our hearts and mind. The writer of Hebrews said it this way:

Therefore, angels are only servants—spirits sent to care for people who will inherit salvation. (Hebrews 1:14 NLT)

When we pray, angels keep worries and fears from gaining entrance into our minds.

The last phrase of Philippians 4:6 is “… and thank Him for all He has done”. This brings us back to our part which is speaking our faith aloud. We can keep saying over and over “thank you Father for guarding my heart and keeping me free of worry and fear”. This little prayer can be our way of resisting the devil and making sure he flees.

Prayers filled with praise and thanksgiving to God make for faith filled, powerful prayers.

Father, I am so grateful for Your love and care for me. With Your help, I refuse to allow worry or fear to stay in my mind! Holy Spirit remind me to take my problems to the Lord at once. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.