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FEAR NOT

07 Nov

FEAR NOT, Fear is what slips in an cripples us and causes us to not move forward in what God plans are for us. If we believe God has a plan for our lives and we trust HIM then the battle is against fear itself and that is not of God.

I once heard that there are 365 “Fear Not’s” in the Bible but I believe that is not true. Although if we search it out I find the Holy Spirit will guide us to particular passages that we need to calm our fear for any day.
Isaiah 41:10New King James Version (NKJV)

10 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.’

This one passage from Isaiah Fear Not for I am with you is one that can be remembered and used everyday as a calming prayer to start our day. I can think of no one other than our Almighty Father that I would rather have with me today than him!

 
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MUCK – Fight or Rest

08 Jul

Sometimes I just don’t feel good about life and or my self and during those times I find that I’m also not a very good husband, father, grandfather or friend. I find myself sinking in the mire of MUCK and the longer I sit in it the harder it is to get out of it. Some may call it self pity or having a bad day. During these times I have a hard time seeing good in anything in me or around me.

Usually I am up beat about my life and try to encourage others and help them also feel better about things in their life too. But today I’m not upbeat nor do I feel happy at this moment. Just like being in quick sand, not that I’ve been in that before but from what I know of it when you panic and fight to get out you go deeper and sink faster.

I attended church today and the praise and worship was awesome and we had a missionary from San Salvador sing and speak but something inside me was fighting for my attention and it wasn’t the Holy Spirit it was my flesh fighting to gain control. All the things that happened this past week, things that I worry about, the finances and what might happen tomorrow if, oh no the dreaded “IF” word. Those two letters I and F when placed together form a word that can send terror into the heart of even the strongest Christian and immobilize them into jellyfish not the warrior that we are in Him.

Another two letter word that the flesh uses to distract me from true joy is the M and E, “ME” when I get so focused on myself and how I feel I forget that a true servant focuses on others and their needs.

There are spiritual battles going on unseen to our human eyes and as we seek to draw closer to God and to do His will we often find our self questioning if what we believe and are trying to seek is real or not and worth it. So much of the world around us believes in the things that they can touch and see but for the Christian it goes beyond the five senses of sight, touch, seeing, hearing and smell. The word FAITH means believing in something not seen or without proof. Those unseen things are hard for us to trust and that is why as we Grow in Christ we must learn to rest in HIM during the times that we feel like the world around us is beginning to smother us and we are sinking in the MUCK of the world.

Matthew 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”
These are the words of Jesus, He said “I” will not the world, not you, not your spouse or family HE will provide for me rest when and IF I take the first step to him.

Just as Jesus had to surrender his will to the Father we too have to become servants not seekers of our own selfish desires if we are too find true peace and Joy for our life.

Matthew 26:42 He went away a second time and prayed, “My Father, if it is not possible for this cup to be taken away unless I drink it, may your will be done.”

It has been many months since I have posted anything to my site. During this time I have felt that God was placing a desire in my heart to write a book to share many of my life experiences and how He has helped me make it through many things that if it had not been for Him I know I could not have gotten through them. I am praying that what I will write will be Him and not me as I share what I call G.C.P.P. and acronym for Gods Calling, Purpose and Plan.

As I continue to pray and seek God in this endeavor I ask that you remember me in your prayers too that any and everything that I may write or say would give the Father God all glory.

 

WORRY

21 Aug

“Therefore I tell you, do not WORRY about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food and the body more important than the clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:25-26.

I love reading the Bible and when I see red print I pay closer attention to what is written since they are the words that Jesus spoke. While reading in the book of Matthew coming to chapter 5, a large crowd began to draw near him and it is there that Jesus teaches the Beatitudes. As you read starting there beginning in verse 3 through chapter 8 Jesus speaks to the crowd. I find everything I need to live a happy and joy filled life. Jesus taught on how a Christian should be and live. Topics he taught on were; Salt and Light to the world, Fulfillment of the Law, Murder, Adultery, Love for Your Enemies, Giving to the Needy, Prayer, Fasting, Treasures in Heaven, Judging Others, Ask, Seek and Knock, A Tree and Its Fruit, The Wise and Foolish Builders as well as Worry.

Personally I can only imagine how wonderful it must have been to have been sitting in the crowd that day listening as Jesus spoke. I sometimes get impatient sitting in church for an hour and a half but I have to believe that Jesus taught all day and no one slept or day dreamed while He spoke.

Let me get back to my topic today on worry. I don’t know what you may be going through or what you worry about daily either. I can make a list as long as my arm of things that I worry about. I have realized that as one day goes and another comes that which I worried about yesterday faded and another took its place. As I have grown older I realize too that I really don’t control much about what I worry about anyway. However the more I worry about anything the more it effects me, my day and those around me. The effect is never a good one either.

I don’t mean to insinuate that I have mastered the art of not worrying but I have learned that it is easier when I go to Jesus in prayer and tell Him my worries. Its funny too that I think by telling Him my worries He is surprised or that He is learning something new. The fact is that Jesus already knows what I am worrying about now as well as He knows what I will be worrying about tomorrow too. Now that gives me peace and as I tell Him my worries begin to lighten to the point that I can function again.

My prayer today is that I learn to cast my troubles, all of them to my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

“I have told you these things. So that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33