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It’s Your Choice

22 Feb

As I sat reading the word of God and praying, I heard a whisper. You know, the kind of whisper that’s so deep within you until it seems as though it’s your own thought.

The words I heard were simple, yet profound. “You don’t have to worry”. Okay, I thought to myself, The Lord has everything in control and I don’t need to be afraid.

What appeared at first to be a few words of encouragement began to mean so much more as I rehearsed the words in my head. “You don’t HAVE to worry.” If I don’t have to worry, when I do worry, Im making a choice.

When we worry, we subconsciously choose to doubt God and lean on our own understanding. We choose to focus on the situation, instead of what God has said. God loves us and has said He will never leave, nor forsake us. His word tells us that we should always pray.( Proverbs 3:5-6, Isaiah 41:10, Deuteronomy 31:8, I Thessalonians 5:17).

We believe the scripture that states, “through prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, we can bring our requests to the Lord”. But our hearts check out before the end of the promise which states, ” and the PEACE of GOD which passes all understanding will guard and KEEP our HEARTS and MIND THROUGH CHRIST JESUS”.
(Philippians 4:6)

Worry is definitely a natural response to the unseen answers we hope for. However as believers in Jesus, there is a better way. It’s our faith that is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” As believers, we have the right to replace our worry with faith. God even commands us to do so!
(Hebrews 11:1, Matthew 6: 31,34, Luke 12:22).

Let’s choose to rest in our faith, and resist our natural inclination to worry. It’s not necessarily an easy battle. But we have the God of all hope on our side, Jesus interceding for us, and the help of the Holy Spirit. We don’t HAVE to Worry!
(Romans 15:13, Romans 8:31, Hebrews 7:25, John 14:26)

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Remember Not to Forget!

28 May
Recently I found myself filled with concerns about the future. 
Rather quickly, concern gave birth to worry. And of course, 
worry is the complete opposite of faith and trust. In fact,
though we really don't won't to admit it, worry is actually 
a sin. How did I, as a believer find myself in this position? 
The answer to that question is not complicated, I simply
forgot.

I forgot that Jesus said "therefore I say unto 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" (Matthew 6:25)? 

Yes, my faith had weakened because I had forgotten
that the word of God states "You will keep him in perfect 
peace whose mind is stayed on You because He trusts in 
You" (Isaiah 26:3). I also forgot that the word states, "There
is no fear in love; but perfect loves drives out fear; because
fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not 
made perfect in love" I John 4:18.

James chapter 1:23-25 (NIV) so accurately addresses this 
issue of forgetting. "Do not merely listen to the word and 
so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. Anyone who listens 
to the word but does not do what it says is like a
man who looks at his face in the mirror and, after looking 
at himself, and goes away and immediately FORGETS 
what he looks like. But the man who looks intently
into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do 
this, NOT FORGETTING what he has heard, but doing 
it--he will be blessed in what he does".

Like me, you've  probably found too, that reading the word 
and then forgetting it is not good enough to prevent you from 
worrying. The word of God tells us who God is and who we 
are in Him. If we forget what it says, we forget who God is 
and who we are. When we aren't focusing upon what the word 
says, we forget that The Lord is sovereign and He intimately 
cares for all that concerns us. Let's read the word, meditate 
on it, soak in it and digest it. We will then be careful to 
REMEMBER not to forget the word!