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 passes all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Indeed, we are commanded by the Lord not to worry (Matthew 6:31-34).
Most of us know the symptoms of worry or anxiety, but what does it really mean to worry and be anxious about our lives? The key to understanding this “dis-ease” is revealed in the original Greek word in Matthew 6:31 for “worry” (merimnao). This word which comes from the root, mer (part), can be linked to distraction, apportioning, dividing, disuniting or making a difference between.
When we hear the Lord telling us not to worry, He’s not necessarily telling us to stop all our outward activities or thoughts regarding the future, but He’s going deeper into the true condition of our heart. God is concerned above all else that our heart not be distracted or divided, much like a pie that is sliced and distributed between the many activities and people in our life. We have become anxious because we have lost that wholeness and peace that comes from fulfilling our first duty, which is to love the Lord our God with ALL our heart, to belong completely to Him.
The result of this dividends and distraction is a disturbed (anxious) heart/mind thrown into tumult and much activity that drags us all around; a heart that cannot be still, sitting and listening at the Master’s feet. Much of the Ecclesia has this same anxiety and frenzied activity that comes from the same divided heart and mind that we see in the world, and it ought not to be so.
Many years ago, the Lord showed me in a beautiful revelation: how beautifully and completely integrated man was in all his being when he was created in the image of God. His body, soul and spirit were functioning in complete union and harmony, a habitation for the ONE TRIUNE GOD. But sin shattered it all. His heart became divided. Everything fell apart.
Redemption brings us back into God’s wholeness, and oneness within ourselves. It is this wholeness that restores us again to complete dependency on Him and not on our old shattered self, and makes us able also to be united with one another in that same oneness.