Tuesday, March 7, 2017
Part Ways with Worry...Forever
"One of the most consistent themes in the New Testament is the encouragement—even the command—
Not to worry!
Anxiety has no place in the life of faith because any kind of worry is out of touch with reality.
The presence of worry indicates a low level of trust in God, and a high level of trust in God will invariably result in a reduction of worry.
Jesus really does want us to be very low on the worry scale and very high on the peace and joy scale, benefits provided only through trusting implicitly in God.
The apostle Paul reiterates the point when he says that we should "not be anxious about anything but instead simply make our requests known to God" (Phil. 4:5–6).
Sounds simple and clear enough.
But why does this seem so impossible to us, and why is trust so hard to find?
Jesus gives us the answer:
it happens ONLY when we put the kingdom of God first and seek it above anything else on earth.
When we wake up every morning and say:
"Today, Lord, with your help, I'm going to put you first and seek your perfect will in everything I do," we'll find worry slowly beginning to fade as we stare down every situation with trust in God's providence and goodwill!!!
No, it won't happen magically or overnight (nothing does), but it will happen!!!
That's the testimony of millions of believers through the centuries.
German missionary George Mueller struggled for years to feed hundreds of hungry orphans each day without a regular income, until the day came when, he said, "worry and I parted ways."
He simply discovered on the basis of his own long-term experience that God is faithful EVERY DAY and that worry not only is an enormous waste of time and energy but is also unrealistic.
It's out of place in a life of mature faith.
To be sure, it takes all of us time to get this, but in time we will!!
It's better to get there as early as possible because every day we fill up with anxiety just makes life much harder than it needs to be.
So put God and his kingdom first, and let him bring to you, AS YOU SLEEP, all the things the rest of the world works feverishly through the night trying to acquire!!!
Go to God humbly and ask him to reveal the secret places of worry and anxiety that surround you and your need."
From "Your 100 Day Prayer " by Dr John Snyder
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. . . . But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."
–MATTHEW 6:25, 33