DONT WORRY (PART TWO)

MATTHEW 6:28-34

28 “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,  

We worry about minor things and big things, whilst the word is assuring us that the fields grow and produce harvest in set times and it’s not like they can work to make it grow itself, they aren’t humans but are taken care of by humans and these same humans - you and I shouldn’t need to worry about what we wear because God will never make us go without, but will always make sure we have in abundance and are taken care of. That is beyond satisfying and assuring and a truth we must all hold onto. So as hard as it may be take the step not let worry consume you any longer – pray and release all to God to help you.

29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?

God cares for us more than we could ever imagine and so when things try to consume us and shake our faith, we can have the tendency to forget all this and act out the worry in our actions and how we treat others. But when we worry for tomorrow and question His care and love we are also showing that we have little faith in Him to perform what He said He will do.

31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.

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The word is saying to not worry about the external factors, but that God has it all under control. How beautiful it is to know that He assures us and also shows us the way to go.

We have Him and unbelievers don’t, so when they complain and question life, we shouldn’t entertain that way of living too and questions things because of who our Heavenly Father is. To supply all our needs according to His riches in glory and the beauty is He knows it all, there is nothing hidden from Him. All that we need He provides.

Unbelievers have negative thoughts and never ending questions and doubt in their circumstances, the moment we think and act like them we are doubting God and taking Him away from the circumstance and encouraging room to sin and do things the short cut way.

33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

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The requirement is to seek the kingdom of God first and all other things that we need will be added unto us, He has us so we shouldn’t worry or question, let your faith rise up and all negative thoughts be scattered. We must follow this with faith and trusting that God has not left us, knows what we need and also says clearly what to seek, and that is not what the unbelievers seek. We should be able to put God first in all we do, in our thoughts, actions, character, day to day – in everything.

Material things and people are all temporary and shouldn’t be made to be priority in our lives, we ought to put God first always and everything else secondary. We can plan things out and be productive, but then to worry and doubt is to waste precious, valuable time.

But we shouldn’t be so consumed in planning to block out the worry, but should rather address it because then that becomes a problem and can interfere with you and God. Don’t let what you focus on and worry about for the next day; affect you in the moment with God. Embrace the moment and don’t rush ahead, He has you and knows what you need.

  

POINTERS FOR WORRY-

-      PRAY OVER IT AND TAKE STEPS TO OVERCOME IT DAILY

-      Know what the word of God says about you and His promises

-      Do a study on worry and break them down into prayer points

-      Don’t worry over the future, pray over it and leave it to God

-      Build up your faith and let His peace that surpasses all understanding calm you

-      Live in the now and have faith for tomorrow, not worry.

-      Make a list of what you worry over and take it to God

 

Be blessed and encourage

DO NOT WORRY (PART ONE)

Dear Father,

Thank you for saving us, loving us, protecting us, thank you for all that you have done in our lives up until now. Your peace that surpasses all understanding, comforts me in times of trials and tribulations to know that it is but for a moment. Every tough time isn’t permanent and the same way it has a beginning is the same way it will have an end. I am assured in your presence and will continue on this journey, casting all my cares upon you because you care for us. In your mighty name we pray. Amen

 

‘DONT LET WORRY OR FEAR, ROB YOU OFF THE GREATNESS IN YOU.’ GOD

Today I will be discussing in this two part series on worry. Many of us can relate to this as times get hard, things don’t go to plan and we can find ourselves worrying for what is ahead, if the current is not going to plan. Forgetting that God has gone ahead of us and has everything under control, we shouldn’t let the things of this world and the flesh dictates to us what to do and how to do it. We must rise up speak to those circumstances and command it to bow, and refuse to let it take our peace.

 

So what is worry in its simplest form-

‘To think about problems or unpleasant things that might happen in a way that makes you feel unhappy and frightened. To make someone feel unhappy and frightened because of problems or unpleasant things that might happen.’

 

This definition clearly states the affect of worry, in a negative way, to make you come up with scenarios that may never happen, to make you feel unhappy and when unhappy you cannot produce your best because you are operating from a place of fear and worry. As humans we will worry, that is why Yeshua taught about this in the bible. It was a big enough deal to address to us and why we shouldn’t worry.

We shouldn’t allow worry dictate to us, or make us act hastily to what is before us. We must know that when worry comes we pray over it and ask for God to intervene, rather than act on and make decisions based on worry.

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I will be using Matthew 6:25-34 as my point of reference in terms of worry.  

MATTHEW 6:25-27

In this part of Matthew 6 Yeshua was teaching about worry. That in itself shows us that He knew though we were believers, things in life would happen that would cause us to panic and worry. So His teaching was to redirect our ways to know how to manage the worry when it comes, but not to dwell in it.

As I mentioned before, as imperfect human beings, worry will happen but the word tells us to not become drained by thinking and worrying about our everyday lives. Because God has made sure ahead of time that we will be covered, provided for and watched over.

Food, drink, what we wear all these things shouldn’t be our focus of worry. But to be encouraged to know that our God, who created us, has everything under control and will supply all our needs according to His riches in glory. (And this same God who takes care of me will supply all your needs from his glorious riches, which have been given to us in Christ Jesus – Phil 4:19).

Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?’ To me when I read this particular question, I saw it as one of those rhetorical questions that don’t need an answer, but a reflective response to ensure that one has thought and meditated on this enough to know that most of the time, the things we think and dwell on do not need to be thought off and worried over. Because life is more than those things and it is what you don’t see that is permanent.

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 ‘Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them.’

I wondered why God would link this to birds; this goes to show that every detail God has it covered, from living things to things we see around for daily use, everything is covered in His plans. The birds aren’t like humans to navigate and act like we do in all manner of life, from food to storage etc. But our Father makes provision for them to eat, so why must we question and worry what we eat and day to day?

Don’t let what you see make your faith waiver in God or cause you to be negative, because He is forever in control and not just in good but on the bad days too. There is always something to learn and take away from all this, but it is never to dwell in worry and think that is okay because worrying won’t change anything.

And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?

God sees as more valuable and precious in His sight, and so when we know all the above and pray with it, there should be a shift that takes place, to say no to worry and yes to trusting by faith because once God has said it He will surely do it. Why then must we take on the baggage of worrying about something God already knows? and has gone ahead of us to take care of it? We need to be intimate in the word and pray to have the faith and renewed mind to combat what comes our way, in the form of worry and fear, because those are not of God. They are distractions to remove your focus from God to the situation.

 

Don’t let fear rob you of your joy

Part two to follow...  

Be blessed