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Be Careful for Nothing.

Be Careful for Nothing.

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BY REV. JOHN SUMMERFIELD, A.M.



Philippians, iv., 6, 7. — Be careful for nothing ; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
BY REV. JOHN SUMMERFIELD, A.M.



Philippians, iv., 6, 7. — Be careful for nothing ; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

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BE CAREFUL FOR OTHIG. BY REV. JOH SUMMERFIELD, A.M.Philippians, iv., 6, 7. — Be careful for nothing ; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing ; as poor, yet making many rich ; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things, was Paul's motto. o man knows this in theory. Great were the troubles and sorrows he had to encounter. They increased upon him ; but if he had increase of sorrows, he had increase of joy. Jesus Christ always caused him to triumph in every place, and hence he could say to his dear Philippians, " Rejoice in the Lord alway," in every trial. With the eye of his faith contemplating the yet greater suf- ferings they should be called to endure, he says, " Let your moderation be known unto all men." It is difficult to ex- press in one English word the force of the original, " the yielding up of yourselves." The sturdy oak, which has stood the shocks of two hundred years, meets at last with a tem- pest unusually violent ; refusing to yield to the storm, it is 16 BE CAREFUL FOR OTHIG. shivered by the lightning or torn up by the tempest ; but the gentle willow bends to the blast and is saved ; this is the idea : as though the apostle had said, now do not be stubborn under your persecutions ; it will but increase the fury of your enemies ; but bend, yield yourselves ; let all
 
your enemies see it ; it will be the most effectual way ; the storm will blow over you, you shall not suffer by the blast. " The Lord is at hand;" he is just at the door, waiting to avenge his own elect. Stubborn resistance has always fed the monster persecution. But they might reply, " Is not suf- fering, suffering still ? Can we be insensible under it ? We cannot but feel." ow the apostle says, " Be careful for no- thing ; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. " And the peace of God, which passeth all understand- ing, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." In these words we have pointed out to us one of the great- est evils of the human heart, and also its cure. The evil is an incessant concern for our temporal affairs ; that over- thoughtfulness which our Lord so pointedly condemns in his Sermon on the Mount. " Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink ; nor yet for your body what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment ? Behold the fowls of the air : for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns ; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they ? Which of you, by taking thought, can add one cubit unto his stature ? And why take ye thought for raiment ? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow ; they toil not, neither do they spin : and yet I say unto you that even Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these." — The Greek means, " tear your heart from it;" rend your heart from these earthly tendons which bind it ; loosen these bands. This is one of the greatest evils of the human heart, and most difficult to extract. (Was it not the greatest sin of the Israelites ?) Its evil consists in three things. 1. The dishonour it reflects on God as the moral governor of the universe. It distrusts his care of his own ; and the
 
BE CAREFUL FOR OTHIG. 17 man who cannot trust his God as the God of Providence, will not trust him as the God of grace. " Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing ? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father." 2. In its effects on yourself. Though it is certain it can produce no good effect nor add a cubit to the stature, yet it is indulged in, and it corrodes in the mind ; having its seat in the heart, the centre, it spreads its influence over the sys- tem ; and I believe ninety-nine out of one hundred of un- happy maniacs were produced by this ; not to speak of the thousands cut down in their eagerness of worldly pursuits, destroying soul and body together. 3. In its effects towards others. The passion of envy is excited by this ; I envy in others something which my cov- etous heart desires. I hate the person possessing it, and am therefore a murderer in my heart, and accounted as one by Him who searches the heart. Thus it leads to suicide and murder, as well as dishonouring God. ow, blessed be God, there is a cure for this. II. Be careful for nothing. As if he had said, look with- in ; abstract yourself from the creature ; retire from the world and into yourself ; let the matter lie between God and you ; let no third person be concerned ; call not in the world as the umpire ; you will need none ; you will both be of the same mind ; "joined to him, you will be of one spirit with the Lord ; M nay, instead of calling in the world as the um- pire, you shall overcome the world, put your neck on it, and slay your dire, indwelling enemy. What, then, is the rem- edy prescribed by him who daily proved it ? " Be careful for nothing ; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known unto God." Your heavenly Father careth for you. " Let your request be made known unto God /" Oh \ how

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