To be anxious means to be full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear, of danger, or misfortune; greatly worried. www.Dictionary.com
The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:6,7 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every thing, by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
At the beginning of that Scripture, specifically, the first four words commands…do “not” be anxious. It then goes on to explain…about “anything” (in case you had questions regarding what “not” to be anxious concerning). God purposely used the word “anything” (and “every thing”) in this passage of Scripture, we’ll discover why momentarily. Next, the Lord inserts a conjunction and continues…but in “every thing” by prayer and supplication….
While researching some of the information for this article I discovered the following: The difference between “everything” and “every thing” is quite simple, and there is an easy rule of thumb that people can use to determine which phrase would be suitable. In short, “everything” describes something ordinary, commonplace, the average, mundane, quotidian, run-of-the-mill, daily, and so on while the phrase “every thing” means “each thing.” www.WiseGeek.org
This is how God spoke to me regarding this Scripture. God used “anything” instead of any thing when informing us what “not” to be anxious over. He is instructing us not to worry about the daily, mundane, ordinary issues life throws at us. However, later in that same Scripture He uses “every thing” instead of everything. He wants us, in each single situation to pray and supplicate. Supplication simply means to request something desired with humility. www.Dictionary.com
The Scripture continues…with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. In other words, God does not want us to get stressed about average, daily, run-of-the-mill issues, however, He does want us, in each situation we face, to pray and ask Him for what we desire with humble hearts, being grateful as we hand our needs over to Him.
The next Scripture goes on to say…and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding…. To transcend is to rise above or go beyond; overpass; exceed in excellence, elevation, extent, degree, etc. www.Dictionary.com God’s peace will take you far above and beyond human reasoning or comprehension. His peace, will guard (protect, defend, or shield) our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. Even the peace of God has wonderful miraculous power!
Have you ever seen an anxious lioness? Although, I’m sure she has her moments, they are probably far and few between.
The next Scripture I’d like us to examine is 2 Timothy 1:7 which says…7 For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.
This Scripture is self-explanatory for the most part. It conveys to us that God didn’t give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.
Lionesses aren’t exactly known for being the timid type. It’s not in her nature and it’s certainly not how God created her. She is the embodiment of both beauty and beast simultaneously. The lioness is graceful, yet fierce. She is neither anxious nor is she timid. She walks confidently in her calling, she doesn’t know any other way.
Arise lioness, be anxious no more, be timid no more. Arise and walk confidently in your calling. Arise. Unleash the lioness.