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Don’t Be Anxious!

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“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

“Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Matthew 5:25-34 (NKJV)

Blessed Savior,

I lift up those who are filled with anxiety. With your love, calm their anxious heart. Bring them to an understanding of Your Sovereignty. You are more than able to guide them through their trouble, so help them to relinquish control and trust You to handle their trouble. Let the knowledge of Your power and love lift their spirit and give them hope. May they move through their struggle in peace, knowing nothing is impossible with God.

Thank you for giving us exactly what we need, including trials and times of stretching. Amen.

Peace: The Absence of Fear

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“You have to remember, fear is not real. It is a product of the thoughts you create. Don’t misunderstand me. Danger is very real. But fear is a choice.” ~Anonymous

“The Lord will give strength to His people; The Lord will bless His people with peace.”   Psalm 29:11 (NKJV)

“And he said, “O man greatly beloved, fear not! Peace be to you; be strong, yes, be strong!” So when he spoke to me I was strengthened, and said, “Let my lord speak, for you have strengthened me.”   Daniel 10:19 (NKJV)

When fear is present, peace is absent. Fear will always rob our peace of mind, weaken our resolve, disturb our rest, and cause us to question the righteous power of God. Fear is an emotion that will hinder our walk with Christ unless we learn to face our adversity with trust, trust that God is in control.

In Isaiah 26:3 we read how God keeps those whose minds are steadfastly transfixed on Him in perfect peace. When we take all our thoughts captive and trust God with our well being, fear will depart. Placing our faith in His power will remove insecurities, wobbly uncertainty, and unstable thoughts or decisions.

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV)

Because God knit each one of us together, He understands our nature and individual weaknesses. He lovingly calls out, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10 (NKJV). It is His desire for us to rest in His peace. God longs to give us rest. Faith requires trust, and peace is the fruit of that trust.

In Isaiah 9:6, Jesus is called the “Prince of Peace.” When He walked the earth as the Son of Man, He told that we would have to face tribulation. But He also told us to be of good cheer since He had conquered the grave. This fact alone should produce peace in our hearts. The battle has already been won. Eternal peace is our guarantee, but peace while we are still yet earthbound is also available. In fact, we are told to pursue it!

“Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it.”   Psalm 34:14 (NKJV)

How then do we pursue peace? Through Christ and Christ alone! Through supplication and humble petitions we enter the very throne room of God. While in His very presence, we interface with a mediator who intercedes on our behalf both day and night, for He never sleeps. By knocking on His door and seeking Him out, He gladly agrees to fellowship and dine with us. While in His presence, He will fill us with hope, inexpressible joy, and comforting peace. Trusting in His love for us produces peace.

“Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”   John 14:27 (NKJV)

Psalm 23 mentions how God provides peace for those walking through “the valley of the shadow of death.” By focusing our eyes on Him, not concentrating on our difficult circumstances, He leads us through green pastures and beside still waters. Who doesn’t want to rest in such a place?

When we walk by the Spirit of God, the fruit of the Spirit shall become even more evident in our lives. Peace, not fear is a component of this fruit. We must crucify our flesh, “For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:6 (NKJV). By doing this, God blesses His people with a quiet mind and contentment.

“God incarnate is the end of fear; and the heart that realizes that He is in the midst… will be quiet in the middle of alarm.” ~ F.B Meyer

“Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.”   2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NKJV)

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness for His name’s sake. Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil; For You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; My cup runs over. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; And I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”   Psalm 23:1-6 (NKJ)

“A great many people are trying to make peace, but that has already been done. God has not left it for us to do; all we have to do is to enter into it.” ~D.L. Moody

 

God Understands Us

Don't Worry
“Our heavenly Father understands our disappointment, suffering, pain, fear, and doubt. He is always there to encourage our hearts and help us understand that He’s sufficient for all of our needs. When I accepted this as an absolute truth in my life, I found that my worrying stopped.”
~ Charles Stanley

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God says, “Don’t Worry!”

Reminders From God

“For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?”  Matthew 6:25-27 (NKJV)

God tells us not to worry. He wants us to trust Him.  In Matthew 6:26 God reminds His children that He feeds the birds of the air, who do not sow, reap, or gather food.  We are worth much more to Him than these winged creatures. So why then can’t we trust God with all of our concerns?  Why do we cling to our anxiety when it can’t add a single hour to our lives? 

Our measure of trust in God will determine our measure of faith in God.  Trust and faith make up a powerful spiritual equation.              Trust in God=Faith, Hope, Peace.

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The Anxiety Of The Virgin Mary

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Dear Ones,

Mary had a lot on her plate.  I hope her faith and trust inspires you.

“Mary lived in invisibility in the moments of an ordinary, obscure life, as far as anyone in her own life knew.  And yet, in the living of her life, quietly, faithfully, God noticed her…..God saw her and she found favor and pleased His heart.  God always sees…. Even when no one else is noticing.”  Sally Clarkson

“But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves.  For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”  Luke 21:14 (NIV)

Do you ever feel invisible?  Do you ever feel like you are so ordinary that nobody, not even God could notice or use you for a purpose?  If so, be encouraged by the story of Mary, the woman chosen to give birth to the Savior of the World.

Mary lived her life in quiet faithfulness and God noticed her as she lived her day-to-day life.  The bible does remark that she was a great beauty, like Esther.  Nor was Mary an incredibly intelligent and gifted girl, at least not as far as we know.  She did not have to be talented or outwardly beautiful to get God’s attention.  Her simple faith and goodness is what found her the favor of our Creator.

This favor came at a great cost to this young woman.  Her trials would put many of our sufferings to shame.  We ought to find encouragement in her perseverance and faith to accept the path God decided to lead her down.  She did not shout from the rooftops that she was carrying the Savior of the World.  No, it was with quiet submission that she accepted the will of God.

Mary must have felt great anxiety when facing her betrothed with the news of her pregnancy. Joseph had not known her intimately, and had decided to divorce her quietly. God provided for Mary by sending an angel to Joseph in a dream.  In Matthew 1:20 the angel said, ““Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife, because what is conceived in her is from the Holy Spirit.  She will give birth to a Son, and you are to give Him the name Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.”

When Joseph woke up from his dream, he did what the angel had commanded and took Mary home as his wife.  Any worry Mary felt was set aside by God’s provision and grace. Protection had been provided.

Throughout Mary’s life, the hand of God was there to provide for her. The birth of her son occurred within walls and not in the great outdoors. A lowly manger was the Savior’s bed, but it was God’s provision and sufficient for Mary’s needs.

Shortly after the wise men had left their gifts with the newborn Savior, a new crisis erupted for Mary and Joseph.  Herod had heard about the birth of a new ruler for Israel.  He sent out an order to kill all the boys in Bethlehem two years old and younger.

Matthew 2:13 continues the story by saying, “When they (Magi) had gone, an angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Get up,” he said, “take the child and his mother and escape to Egypt. Stay there until I tell you, for Herod is going to search for the child to kill him.”

“So he got up, took the child and his mother during the night and left for Egypt, where he stayed until the death of Herod.”

Mary had to set aside her worry and trust that God would protect the Son He had given her through the Holy Spirit. Since the message to leave Bethlehem had come to Joseph, Mary also had to trust that God was leading in her life through her husband.

Mary found favor in God’s eyes through her quiet faithfulness.  She did not go unnoticed.  Her obedience in submitting to God’s eternal plan could have led her to many anxious nights.  Instead, Mary exercised her trust in His goodness and provision.  She threw her cares back up to her heavenly Father, and depended on Him to protect her and lead her throughout life. 

If God is for you, who can be against you?  (Romans 8:31) If you submit to His will for your life, He will be faithful to complete the work that He has begun in you.  Mary’s purpose was to give birth and raise the Son of man.  She did not let worry interfere with that purpose.  She did not let the fear of man or circumstance rob her of the honor God had offered.

Remember Mary and all she had to face the next time worry tries to visit your doorstep.  Consider her act of faith and submit to the trial before you, knowing that God will take care of any problem that challenges you. He is looking for the faithful to cast their cares upon Him.  His shoulders are just about as big as his arm span, and they are as far as the east is from the west.

“I sought the Lord, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.”          Psalm 34:4 (NIV)

 “The angel went to her and said, ‘Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.’”  Luke 1:28      

The description of ‘highly favored’ comes from a single Greek word, which essentially means ”much grace.”

Can you tell I have been battling my old bad habit of worry once again???  Two posts on the topic in two days.  Hopefully, I am not the only one out there that needs to review the topic of anxiety.

I will be at a woman’s retreat and unable to post new articles until Sunday night or Monday.  I am sure I will return with many gems and nuggets to share with all of you. I am feeding my weary soul this week-end and enjoying wonderful Christian fellowship.

 

 

You Can Battle Worry With God’s Help

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““Do not fret – it leads only to evil.”    Psalm 37:8b (NIV)

 “Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous be shaken.”    Psalm 55:22 (NIV)

 “Cast all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”    1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)

That nasty villain named WORRY will often sneak into  dreams and robbed us of sleep.  How many of you know him and suffer from his harassments?  You can battle him in several ways and gain back your peace.  Look to God!

Memorizing scriptures that addresses anxiety and fear is a powerful tool.  It takes time and requires some review, but it is worth the investment.  The Holy Spirit will faithfully recall these memorized verses when you are in need.  He will also bring them to mind when you have an opportunity to encourage another with His words. 

Since *satan is unable to read your mind, it is wise to recited them out loud when anxiety strikes.  Hearing the words will comfort and calm you.  It will also give the enemy an earful.  The Word tells us in James 4:7 that if we resist the devil, he will flee.  This is a promise! 

God, as our teacher, is always encouraged and pleased by the efforts of His children to apply new knowledge. It is never too late to learn something new and to put it into practice. 

Philippians 4:6-7 is another powerful verse to memorize.  It reminds us to “be anxious about nothing.”  It continues on by instructing believers to approach God in prayer with a thankful heart regarding their worries.  This thankfulness comes from knowing that God hears every prayer and is in control.  So what is the promised result for following these instructions?  A peace that transcends all understanding!

When worry and anxiety starts to strangle you, fear is often not far behind.  Trusting in God’s love and faithfulness will help you by renewing your strength.  Reflecting on the might of God, the Creator of the universe will remind you that He has incredible power.  He sees all, knows all, and will handle all…… in His perfect timing and ways.

Memorizing scripture and meditating on His power can eliminate anxiety and worry.  However, there are other ways to battle your anxious thoughts.  Why not reflect on all of the ways God has shown Himself as a faithful Father. Reflect upon all the problems in your past and how they have been resolved.  If God helped you to solve problems back then, He will certainly do so in the present and in your future.

God is always in command.   Who better to take care of your troubles? In regards to your spiritual armor, the sword is the Word of God.  It helps in your battles with the evil one.  Don’t forget that you are fighting a spiritual battle every day. Satan, that prowling lion, looks for every opportunity to confuse and harass you. He wants to steal your peace. Don’t give him any ground!  Put on your armor, resist him, praise and thank God, recite all the ways He has shown Himself faithful and true, pray, and keep your spiritual sword sharp!  Worry does not have to paralyze you.  Trust God and be not afraid.  Give all your worries and cares to God. He cares so much for you.

 “Give all your worries and cares to God, for He cares about you. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your Christian brothers and sisters all over the world are going through the same kind of suffering you are.  In His kindness God called you to share in His eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, He will restore, support, and strengthen you, and He will place you on a firm foundation.”                      1 Peter 5:7-10  (NLT)

 “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”          James 4:7 (NIV) 

“I prayed to the LORD, and He answered me. He freed me from all my fears. Those who look to Him for help will be radiant with joy; no shadow of shame will darken their faces. In my desperation I prayed, and the LORD listened; He saved me from all my troubles. For the angel of the LORD is a guard; He surrounds and defends all who fear Him.”                Psalm 34:4-7  (NIV)

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”              Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)

Prayer Requests: Are Delays Really Denials From God?

Delays

 

Daniel 10:12-13 (NIV)      “Then he continued, “Do not be afraid, Daniel. Since the first day that you set your mind to gain understanding and to humble yourself before your God, your words were heard, and I have come in response to them.  But the prince of the Persian kingdom resisted me twenty-one days. Then Michael, one of the chief princes, came to help me, because I was detained there with the king of Persia.”

Dear Reader,

Jesus taught us the importance of prayer while He walked the earth. In Matthew 6:9-13 we can read what is now called “The Lord’s Prayer.”  It is a wonderful example for all believers on HOW to pray. 

When we approach the throne of God, we need to include praise and recognition of God’s position and authority. Then present we can confidently present our requests, including one for forgiveness.  Protection from the evil one should be a daily part of our prayers, as the devil likes to harass and oppress the children of God.  It is always a good idea to pray a hedge of protection around yourself and the ones you love.

In Hebrews and Ephesians we are told that we can approach the throne of God with freedom and confidence.  We are commanded to pray without ceasing.  This means we should be in constant communication with God throughout our day, by intercession for others, ourselves, and by giving God praise and thanks.

James 1:6 tells the believer that when he petitions God through prayer, he needs to do so without doubt.  The prayer offered up in the spirit must be offered with a confidence that God will answer it.  The important thing to remember is that the prayer request may not be answered in the time or way the petitioner imagined.  God hears all prayers and all prayers are answered. He listens to the cries of His children. 

Finally, we come to the topic of timing.  First, as I said before, prayers are answered in God’s time.  His timing is perfect and we need to rest in that knowledge.  He has a purpose for every trial, lesson, and joyful experience we face.  Each one of these serves to prod us along, into the fulfillment of His plan.

As His adopted children, Jesus instructed us to be as wise as serpents and as innocent as lambs.  This advice needs to include our awareness of spiritual warfare.  We do not fight a battle of just flesh and blood, but rather one that includes powers and principalities of darkness. 

By reading Daniel 10, we learn that Daniel’s prayer was heard by God immediately.  However, there was a delay in the “answer” to his plea.  This time, it was not because of God’s decision to hold off and wait on things.  The angel that finally appears tells Daniel that he had been in a spiritual battle for twenty-one days.  The prince of the Persian kingdom resisted his advancement to help Daniel.  It was not until the angel Michael came to his assistance that the detained angel was able to move forward with his mission to help Daniel.

You need to realize that all prayers are heard by God and answered.  You also need to understand the importance of daily dressing yourself in the Spiritual armor of Christ.  It will help you to resist the enemy.  God sends His legion of angels, or messengers, to fulfill your prayer requests. 

Remember, there can be delays to your prayer requests due to God’s perfect timing, will, or because of a spiritual battle. A delay could be for your safety, or it could be that the angel armies are busy fighting on your behalf.

James 1:6 (NIV)     “But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt, because the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.”

Hebrews 4:16 (NIV)    “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Ephesians 3:12 (NIV)      “In Him and through faith in Him we may approach God with freedom and confidence.”

Matthew 6:9-13 (NIV)  “This, then, is how you should pray…

Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, Your kingdom come,
Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us today our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”

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