The Lion King hit theaters in June of 1994. This Disney animated feature follows the adventures of the young lion Simba (Swahili for Lion) the heir of his father, Mufasa over the Pride Lands. Simba’s wicked uncle, Scar, plots to usurp Mufasa’s throne by luring Mufasa and Simba into a stampede of wildebeests. However, Simba escapes, and only Mufasa is killed. Scar orders the hyenas to kill the Simba, but he escapes. Scar tells the pride that both Mufasa and Simba were killed in the stampede and steps forward as the new king, allowing his three hyena minions and the rest of their large pack to live in the Pride Lands. Due to his father’s death, and believing that he is at fault for the death of his father, and the hyenas attempted murder, Simba flees his home in fear and in shame!
Simba collapses in a desert and is rescued by Timon and Pumbaa, a meerkat and a warthog who are fellow outcasts. Simba grows up in the jungle with his two new friends, living a carefree life under the motto “Hakuna Matata.” The popular song starts like this, “Hakuna Matata! What a wonderful Phrase. Hakuna Matata! Ain’t no passing craze. It means no worries for the rest of your days. It’s our problem-free philosophy. Hakuna Matata!”
Simba’s new friend teach him that he should forget his troubled past and live in the present. “Hakuna Matata” is a Swahili phrase from Tanzania; roughly translated, it means “no worries”. It is formed by the words Hakuna (there is not here) and Matata (plural form of the problem). The phrase is most commonly used in Tanzania and Zanzibar and a little bit of Kenya.
Although this is a powerful and simple application we should apply to our lives, we can find in Philippians 4:6 & 7 a more realistic opportunity to truly have freedom from our worries.
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What an assurance and a promise friends! Did you see the steps? Here they are …..
1 – Stop worrying! We were not created to deal with anxiety and worry. This causes us to stress and therefore we weaken our immune systems which cause our body to become sick! God wants for us is the prosper and be in good health! Paul suggests to us to stop worrying before we pray, I believe because if we pray while worrying, it can drastically affect our sincerity in prayer. Fam, stop stressing and stop worrying! Once you do that ….
2 – Just pray! The “original language” word here isn’t just a prayer. It is the understanding that you need to be still and create a position in which you can allow God to step in and do what He said he will do. This period is when God is given the authority to be God in your life! While you are praying …..
3 – Ask/give God your problem Did you know that most people would rather hold on to their issues and problem because it allows them to forever have an excuse! Many people, including myself, love having excuses. It ensures that we can never fully embrace our faults. It allows us to shift blame and not be at fault. So here, we are strongly encouraged to give God ALL of our problems. This allows us to truly have freedom – the freedom of NOT worrying! This ability to have freedom of not worry will result in …..
4 – Be thankful The bible tells us to be thankful in all things. Your ability to show thankfulness regardless of your current or future situation is vital to fully being able to be free! Do you really want to be free?? Be thankful for everything you have and are currently enduring! During your stage of thankfulness …….
5 – God WILL replace, your PROBLEMS with His PEACE! MY GOD!!!! Our God will not leave us void! He is committed to replacing our problems with His peace. I want that switch, how about you?!? But there is something special about this peace because …..
6 – His peace, which compares to nothing earthly, will guard you. This peace is something that should not be easily removed or agitated. This peace is a peace that will guard your heart. Here is the beauty in this. His peace guards the good internally and guards the bad externally. That is to say this – His peace guards JOY, LOVE, KINDNESS, GENTLENESS to stay in your heart AND it guards hate, bitterness, mean and ugly actions from entering in your heart. Only His peace has the ability to have that dual purpose to have us truly be free of worry.
These steps give us the ability to be truly free of worry. It will give us the purpose and chance in life to walk in the path that God has created for us. Just as Simba returns as an adult to take back his homeland from Scar with the help of his friends Timon and Pumbaa, Christ wants us to return to the path He has for us as He handles the “Scars” of our life!
So, let me ask you a question – Do YOU want to be free of worry?