How many of you have seen a video where someone has a plate of water and pepper and they then wash their hands and hey presto the pepper moves this in the past few weeks?

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I want us to think about that science experiment but instead of it being germs and soap let’s think of it all the fears, anxieties, temptations, sins and all the things that want to pull us down and affect us negatively.

It’s often all around us – peer pressure, negative thinking, bullying – and now with the added pressure of all the stuff going on around the world and all the mixed messages about it – it’s hard to know what is true and right.

 

This is where the soap comes in. The soap is like the Word of God in our lives.  It’s like it coats our life with peace and truth which protects us from the attack of the enemy, the lies around us and the lies we tell ourselves.  It counters the negative thoughts and the anxiety and instead gives us hope and a sense of purpose.  This is why spending time with God is so vital and important.  It’s not an optional extra.  It’s not something we take lightly because we know the benefit it will make to your lives.

 

Philippians 4:6-8 says:

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, 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.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

 

When my kids were way younger Tony my hubby got made redundant.  He rung me and said that the whole company was closing and that everyone was being sent home.  Those phone calls are not fun.

For you it might be stuff going on with your parents, or health problems, or stuff at school.  It might be how people treat you or mental health stuff going on.  You might be feeling anxious about what are you going to do when you grow up and leave school, or about relationship pressure or things that you’re seeing on social media.

After I finished talking to Tony I just sat on the couch a bit stunned.

All the negative thoughts flooded at me and surrounded me.   Where would our money come from?  What about our mortgate?  All the crazy adulting thoughts!

 

I had been listening to some worship and having a prayer time so began praying again.  I turned the worship up loud and just let the words of the songs wash over me.

 

In a way – it was like putting soap over my heart and mind.   It was like reminding me of God’s truth and God’s promises.    It changed the way I thought.  It changed how I felt.

 

After a short while I was feeling peaceful, I was feeling hopeful, I was feeling confident.

 

Worship and prayer and the Word of God gets us on the same page as God.  It reminds us that He is good and great.  That nothing is impossible for God.  That nothing will separate us from God.  That in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who[a] have been called according to his purpose.  That Jesus has overcome the world.   All of that is straight from the bible and it’s not just cute sayings or clichés or nice words but powerful truth that you can bet your life on.

 

It’s all good and well to have the bible on your phone or your bookcase if you don’t read it.  It’s like that soap sitting on the table by that kid doing the experiment.   Until the kid puts the soap on his finger nothing changes, nothing happens.  Until you read the word and absorb it nothing changes, nothing happens.

 

Until you pray, nothing happens.   Until you worship nothing happens.

 

But when you pray, when you worship, when you read your bible there are mighty supernatural forces at work – God is at work!  The Holy Spirit is at work on you on the inside!