Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God.
Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, “Are you for us or for our enemies?” “Neither,” he replied, “but as commander of the army of the Lord I have now come.” Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, “What message does my Lord have for his servant?”
As soon as I heard these words I sat down and wept and mourned for days, and I continued fasting and praying before the God of heaven.
“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”
Count it all joy my brothers when you meet trials of various kinds…
PASSIVITY: acceptance of what happens without an active response.
– America is not God’s chosen nation.
– God’s end of days timetable does not revolve around our comfort or persecution.
– The Church flourishes in trials.
– We can trust God.
– Our various trials should be counted as joy.
– God is not on a side. He is for Himself.
– God lifts our anxiety and gives peace in trials by engaging him in prayer.
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