Being a Mary In A Martha World

Luke 10 38 41

Luke 10:38-42 NKJV Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heart His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.” And Jesus answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. “But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.”

Sometimes life becomes so busy that we begun to get caught up in the “doing” instead of the “being”. Worries and cares choke out the most important thing in our lives, which is to sit at the feet of Jesus, to hear His words of comfort and strength. Our minds become preoccupied with the happenings of life instead of focusing on the Life-giver! That’s where Martha was in her service to the Lord. She had allowed the things that needed to be done for His comfort to over-ride the need to just be with Him. The Lord told Martha that in her desire to serve Him she lost the best part of their relationship: the need to be with Him, which was the antidote to her worry and trouble. Sitting at the feet of Jesus, hearing His word and relating to Him one on one was what Martha needed to counter the emotional feelings and thoughts that she was experiencing. Mary had learned the secret of laying aside those things that would drain her of the emotional strength that she needed to face every day. Her focus was on Jesus, not what needed to be done or the pressing matters of life.

Has your life has become preoccupied with the cares and worries that surround you? Are you concerned about what is happening in your life more than the One who can deliver you from the anxiety?

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

Rest – Greek word anapauo – means to make to cease. The word describes a cessation from toil, a refreshment, an intermission.

Do you need an intermission from life this morning? Come to Jesus and tell Him all about your troubles. He will trade loads with you. His load is easy; good, pleasant, comfortable, and suitable to life. Your load is heavy and burdensome. Make the trade today!

Confession based on God’s word for today: I will not worry about what is happening in my life. Instead I will give it to Jesus, spending time in His presence being refreshed as I release my burdens to Him.

Prayer for today: Father, I thank You for the trade that Jesus made for us on the cross of Calvary. Because of Him taking my sin upon His back and nailing it to that cross I can have freedom from the cares of this world. I trade my heavy burdens today for His light, easy load. I give Him my cares and in exchange for them I receive His peace, His comfort and His strength. Thank You for giving me the freedom in Christ Jesus to live above the burdens and cares of this life. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Take Your Thoughts Captive!

2 Corinthians 10:4-5 For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,

“Do not fear what lies ahead of you, Child. For I have already gone before you and conquered the future. I led captive death, hell and the grave. They have no hold over you. I conquered them so you have no reason to fear. There is no weapon that is formed against a child of God that can prosper. Rise up and speak to that fear that comes against you. It is a spirit sent to harass you from the evil one. Put your trust in Me and speak to the mountain. Tell it to move, and leave, and it will do what you say. You have authority over the evil one for I have given you My authority. Do not allow him to steal any ground in your life. Declare the victory for I have already defeated your enemy. I conquered him when I went to hell on your behalf. I took back the keys to the kingdom and have given them to My church. You now have victory over every attack of the enemy. Rise up in My strength and power and go forth as the mighty army of God. Use your authority in prayer to stand against the evil one. Do not allow fear to rule and reign in your heart and mind. Take authority over the thoughts of fear, doubt and unbelief that he arrays against you. Stand firm in who you are in Christ Jesus and cast down any thought or imagination that plants fear in your heart. Do not entertain thoughts of evil. Think only on those things that are pure and lovely and of a good report. Keep your thought life pure and free from the corruption of the world. Do not allow the distractions of world events to take place in your mind. Keep your focus on Me for I am greater than any event or people group that would try to overtake you. Look unto Me for I am the greater One who lives within you. My name is higher than sickness and disease or war and strife. I am the Great I AM; able to conquer all things on behalf of My people. I have already defeated the enemy of your souls that tries to stir up trouble in your life. Now rise up as the mighty army of God and go forth in My power and strength for I have declared you to be victorious and able to conquer all things through Him who loves you!”

Father, I thank You for providing for our every need. You have given us the victory over the evil one. May we rise up as You have declared and go forth in Your power and strength to conquer the fears that come against us. I pray for those this morning who are experiencing mental anguish over things that lie ahead of them. I pray for them to be set free from the bondage of fear. I ask You, Lord, to release them from the grasp that the evil one is trying to use to hold them captive. Father, I ask You to show them how to stand against him; how to speak to the mountain that he has placed before them and how to conquer the storm that rages in their lives. Father, help them to speak only what Your word says for power lies in the the declarations that we make. Thank You for the victory, Father! May You be glorified as we enforce the work that You did on our behalf on the cross of Calvary. Jesus, you did not die in vain! We receive the victory already secured for us! In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Ephesians 4:8-10 Therefore He says: “When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.” (Now this, “He ascended”–what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)

Colossians 2:15 Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

Isaiah 54:14 In righteousness you shall be established; You shall be far from oppression, for you shall not fear; And from terror, for it shall not come near you.

Isaiah 54:17 No weapon formed against you shall prosper, And every tongue which rises against you in judgment you shall condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, And their righteousness is from Me,” Says the LORD.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.

Mark 11:22-24 So Jesus answered and said to them, “Have faith in God. “For assuredly I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, ‘Be removed and be cast into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. “Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.”

John 10:10 “The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.”

Matthew 16:19 “And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

Luke 10:19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”

1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation. His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;

2 Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

1 John 4:4 You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than He who is in the world.

Philippians 2:9 Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name,

Romans 8:37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Friends, it is time for us to take a stand against the evil one, who comes to steal our peace, our joy and to destroy our lives. As I was praying this morning I felt a strong presence of the Lord to give a word from Him to dispel the lies of the enemy that he is planting in the hearts and minds of God’s people. This has been on my heart for some time now and it seems that God just keeps bringing it back to my remembrance. The Word says in that in the end times that men’s hearts will fail them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth. (Luke 21:16) It is important that we keep our focus on Jesus and stand on His word. When He speaks you can judge what has been said by the word of God. That’s how we know His voice; we hear what is being said to us and then we see if it lines up with the Word. That’s why I have included the verses at the end of the message from the Lord as I wanted you to see that God, the Holy Spirit, always speaks in alignment with His word. Take the weapon of the Word of God and use it to slash the enemy’s lies and refute his arguments that come against your peace of mind. Cast down those thoughts and bring them into obedience to the Word of God!

 

 

The Umpire Of My Life

Colossians 3:15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you were called in one body; and be thankful.

“You were called to live in My peace, Child. The decision that you make will either bring peace or unrest into your life. Learn to seek Me before making decisions and allow My peace to rule the decision making process. You will know which way to take by the the peace or lack thereof. If you do not feel at peace about a situation do not do it. That’s My way of explaining to you that it is not the right direction for you to take. I will give a check or uneasiness within your spirit to indicate what you should do. You must pray and seek My will before making these decisions as I know which way you should go. Allow Me to lead you and I will guide you into peace for I have called you to live in harmony in your relationships; both with Me and with your fellow believers. Allow My peace to rule your heart and you will not experience the heartache that comes with making wrong decisions. Let Me lead you and guide you in the way you should go!”

Father, I thank You for Your peace. I know, Father, that You lead and guide us by peace in our hearts. I pray that I might always follow the way of peace in my heart so I won’t get into situations that are not in Your will for my life. Help me to overcome the temptation to make decisions based on my emotions which go against the peace or disharmony that I sense at times when I am not supposed to go a certain direction. You know what is best for me, Father, and I trust you to lead me in the right way. Please forgive me for the times when I have not followed Your peace and made unwise choices that affected the quality of life that I was living. Show me the way that I should take in these times of decision and give me the courage to follow Your peace in each one of them. Thank You, Father. Amen.

Peace – Greek word eirene – Strong’s #1515 – menas a state of rest, quietness, and calmness; an absence of strife; tranquility. It generally denotes a perfect well-being.

Have you ever made a decision that you just felt uneasy about within your heart? That’s the Spirit of God within you trying to say “don’t do that”! There have been times when I have made those decisions and then there have been other times when I followed the lack of peace within and made the right decision. It was at those times of correct decisions that, as I made them, I would feel God’s peace sweep over me and a huge load was lifted off my shoulders. If only we would learn to follow that peace all the time then our lives would be much less complicated.

What does it mean when it says “let the peace of God rule”? Well, I think of it as being like an umpire in a baseball game. What He says goes! If he rules that ball as a strike even though the batter didn’t flinch when the ball passed by him, it is a strike! The players are lead by the umpire’s decision. That’s how God wants us to live; ruled by His peace. We are called to live in peace. When our emotions are involved we will not always have peace in our hearts because we are pulled one direction or another by how we feel. I am learning that I cannot trust my emotions all the time. But if I allow peace or the lack of it to direct me then I will experience a peaceful lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living By The Spirit

Romans 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.

Oh Father, I come before Your throne this morning to hear Your voice, to spend time with You; to come to know You more. You are my God. There is none beside You. It is from You that I receive the words of life. I yield to You this morning. Have Your way in me today. Calm my anxious soul and speak hope and direction to my heart. For You are the One that I praise!

 

“Do not let your heart be troubled, Child. Look unto Me for I am your hope of salvation. There is no other way but Mine. Seek Me with all your heart and you will find Me. I am near; closer than a brother. I am within you. Follow and I will lead you. Do not look to the right or to the left. Look only unto Me. You are My child and I will lead you by My Spirit within. Lean not on your own understanding, but trust in Me. I know all things that will transpire in your life. I know the road ahead of you and what obstacles you will encounter. Your best interest is in My heart. I will not leave you to walk that road alone. Lean on Me, for I am your strength and salvation. Trust My judgment for I know what is best for you.”

One of the hardest lessons for me in life has been learning to lean on the Lord and not on my own understanding. I was taught to be self-sufficient. If something was to get done it would be my responsibility to see that it is done. My life has been one that required hard work and diligence on my part in order to provide for myself and my children. So, it seems that at times I try to continue directing my own course, looking for my own thoughts and working under my own power and ability. Many times God has had to remind me of who is in control in my life. It’s Him, not me. I get my orders from my Commander in Chief. He is the Great Shepherd of my soul and it’s in Him that I trust!

 

 

Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus

Hebrews 12:1-4 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin.

Oh Father, I look to You today for all that I need for You are my Source and Provision. You are the One that I lean on; that I cling to and rely on. Without You in my life I am nothing and can do nothing. Thank You, Lord, for taking care of the things that concern me. Thank You for providing for my every need. You are awesome in this place, Mighty God! Help me, Lord, to look away from the things that try to hold me back from being all that You’ve called me to be. Show me the way to take when problems arise that try to steal my focus away from You. Strengthen me for the journey, Father.

“Turn your eyes upon Me, Child, and look for me in every situation. For whatever you look upon will become the biggest in your life. Your focus becomes what you think about; the primary importance in your life. If you magnify the problem it will become bigger but if you magnify Me I will take pre-eminence over all that is happening around you. Look at Me, Child. Look into My eyes and see the love that I have for you. You are My focus. I gave everything that I had for you. You were on My mind when those soldiers were beating Me and nailing My body to that tree. You were My focus. I love You, My Child. I will perfect that which concerns you. Don’t focus on how big your problems are. Focus on how big You God is and watch Me show Myself strong on your behalf. Watch Me move mountains in answer to your call. Call unto Me, Child, and I will show you great and mighty things that you have never known. I will open the eyes of your understanding when you listen to My voice and place your trust in Me. I am the Great I AM; there is nothing too difficult for Me. Do not allow the cares of this life to weigh you down for I care for you. I will help you when you look unto Me for I am the author and finisher of your faith.”

 

 

 

 

Wonderful, Merciful Savior!

Wonderful, merciful Savior
Precious Redeemer and Friend
Who would have thought that a lamb could
Rescue the souls of men
Oh, You rescue the souls of men

Comforter, Counselor, Keeper
Spirit we long to embrace
You offer hope when our hearts have
Hopelessly lost the way
Oh, we hopelessly lost the way

You are the one that we praise
You are the one we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

Almighty, infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh, we’re falling before Your throne

You are the one that we praise
You are the one we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

You are the one that we praise
You are the one we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

You are the one that we praise
You are the one we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

Almighty, infinite Father
Faithfully loving Your own
Here in our weakness You find us
Falling before Your throne
Oh, we’re falling before Your throne

You are the one that we praise
You are the one we adore
You give the healing and grace
Our hearts always hunger for
Oh, our hearts always hunger for

 

Oh Lord Jesus, You are the One that I praise; You are the One I adore. Who would have thought that a lamb could rescue the souls of men. Who would have thought that such a meek and mild Savior would be born to rescue us from the death and destruction of the evil one. You are the One that I praise today, Lord Jesus! You are the One that I adore! You deserve the praise of my heart this morning. You deserve the adoration of my soul. Thank You for loving me, for saving me, for rescuing me from destruction! Thank You for keeping me in Your care, Father. Thank You, Lord, for Your redeeming power. You know all, see all and are all-powerful. How could I question Your ability to care for those things that are heavy on my heart, Father. You are well able to care for my loved ones; for my life and all that is within it. You are worthy to receive my praise and I do praise You this morning, Father!

 

“Oh My little one, My child. I do see those things that are heavy on your heart this morning. I do see that you care for the ones that are hurting. I see and I care as well, Child. I am working in each situation. Even when You can’t see my hand moving you can trust My heart. You can trust that I will save, heal and deliver those that you are concerned about. I am not a man that I should lie or the son of man that I would change My mind. I died for mankind, to redeem them from the curse and sting of the death of the evil one. You are always on my mind, Child, as well as those that you care about. Turn your eyes upon Me, and look to Me for I am working and will show You the miraculous that you are seeking. I will touch the hearts and lives and bring healing and wholeness as you have requested. I will have compassion on those that are hurting and lost, wandering around without a Savior. I did not die for nothing, Child. I died to secure a work that only I could do. There is no man that could save besides Me. I died for you and those that you love and care for. I will do what is best for each one of them. Do not be disheartened this morning for I care for you.”

Like A Tree Planted By The River

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

Those who are perishing don’t understand the power of God revealed through the cross of Christ Jesus! To them it is foolishness! But to those of us who are being saved it is powerful! It is the only way to live. I can look back through the years and see how Jesus lifted me up out of situations that would have destroyed me had I not had the power of God in my life. He is my life and breath and my reason for living. It is because of Christ Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross of Calvary that I will spend eternity in His presence; worshiping at His feet, proclaiming the praises of my Savior! And for life now, as it is on this earth, He is my strength and deliverance; my fortress in the time of trouble; my refuge from the storm. It is under His wings that I take refuge until the storm passes by.

Jeremiah understood that a person needed God’s power and strength to live life effectively when he penned these words in the book of Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 17:5: Thus says the LORD: “Cursed is the man who trust in man And makes flesh his strength, Whose heart departs from the LORD. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, And shall not see when good comes, But shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, In a salt land which is not inhabited.”

Jeremiah understood that those who don’t know the Lord only have their flesh to trust in. They don’t know God and as a result do not have hope in someone greater than themselves. They may seem to have a measure of success as some of them actually practice Biblical principles, not realizing that there are spiritual laws that when put into motion will bring the desired results, but on a whole, they will not prosper because they don’t recognize God as their Source. When good comes their way, they often don’t recognize it and it slips through their fingers. They are like a shrub in the desert, blown about by the wind with no root system. Even though rain comes periodically in the desert it doesn’t last long and the plants are not nourished from it. They have no anchor for their soul; no direction for their lives, but simply exist from day to day wondering and worrying about the future.

Jeremiah went on to say in Jeremiah 17:7-8 “Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, And whose hope is the LORD. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, Which spreads out its roots by the river, And will not fear when heat comes; But its leaf will be green, And will not be anxious in the year of drought, Nor will cease from yielding fruit.”

Here we have the contrast between the man who trusts in himself and the one who trusts in the Lord. The man who trusts in the Lord knows that his hope is in God. This man understands that the power of God is real and he depends on it. He prospers like a tree planted by the water, with its roots firmly planted by the river. He doesn’t have to worry when the heat of the summer comes, or when the pressure is on him because his Source will never dry up. His leaf will always be green because he is plugged in to the power Source. His thoughts are not anxious when the economy turns sour, nor does he stop serving the Lord because of fear. He simply draws from the power of God in his life and continues doing what a tree does; being green and fruitful.

We live in trying times. We, as a nation, are experiencing some things that trouble me and many are struck with fear for the future. But I realize who my Source is and am plugged in to Him so I will not fear nor be anxious for what might lie ahead. The power of God is greater than any man, or government, or nation, or anything the evil one might try to throw at us. God is all-powerful! He is greater than anything that could possibly arise that would try to destroy His people.

Paul went on to say in 1 Corinthians 1:19-25 NLT As the Scriptures say, “I will destroy human wisdom and discard their most brilliant ideas.” So where does this leave the philosophers, the scholars, and the world’s brilliant debaters? God has made them all look foolish and has shown their wisdom to be useless nonsense. Since God in His wisdom saw to it that the world would never find Him through human wisdom He has used our foolish preaching to save all who believe. God’s way seems foolish to the Jews because they want a sign from heaven to prove it is true. And it is foolish to the Greeks because they believe only what agrees with their own wisdom. So when we preach that Christ was crucified, the Jews are offended, and the Gentiles say it’s all nonsense. But to those called by God to salvation, both Jews and Gentiles, Christ is the mighty power of God and the wonderful wisdom of God. This “foolish” plan of God is far wiser than the wisest of human plans, and God’s weakness is far stronger than the greatest of human strength.

God has a plan for our lives. It includes salvation; deliverance; healing; and prosperity. He knows exactly where each one of us is in our everyday walk of life. We might not always understand why things happen the way they do, but we can know that God is more powerful than any of man’s plans or ways of success. Even at His weakest, if that is possible, He is stronger than any human and wiser than any of man’s ideas or thoughts.

Proverbs 21:1 NKJV The king’s heart is in the hand of the LORD, Like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.

God is still in control! He can change a person’s heart just as easily as changing the course of a river. He created all things including each and every human being. God knows where you are! He knows your situation and the trials that you are facing. Just one word from God can change your entire life. He is all-powerful; He is omniscient or all-seeing; and He is omnipresent or all-present. He is God; there is none above Him and none beside Him. Will you place your trust in Him today?

Father, I thank You for Your power to overcome any and all adversity that comes into our lives. You are greater, Lord, that anything that we might encounter. I pray for those this morning who may be fearful of the future. I ask You, Lord, to touch them and give them revelation knowledge of Who You are and want to be in their lives. I pray that they will surrender their hearts to You and look unto Jesus for their strength in the times of trouble. Father, You can change our lives with just one word. I pray that You will do that for each one of us as we trust in You. Move in our lives as only You can, Father. Bring deliverance and healing for those who are sick and oppressed. Make provision for those who are suffering lack and forgive those who have transgressed against You. You are all powerful; there is nothing too difficult for You. You are all-present and all-seeing; there is nothing that You do not see and You are always with us. Thank You, Father, for rescuing us from the evil one. Thank You for setting us free from sin, sickness and disease and poverty and lack. I pray for wisdom, Lord, that we might know how to live our lives according to Your ways. And I ask that You would give us courage to choose right over wrong. Forgive us for our wicked ways, Father, and bring healing to our land. Thank You, Father. I pray these things in Jesus’ name. Amen.

 

 

 

You Are Safe In God’s Hands

John 16:32 “Indeed the hour is coming, yes, has now come, that you will be scattered, each to his own, and will leave Me alone. And yet I am not alone, because the Father is with Me.”

Jesus was getting ready to go to the cross to pay for the sin of mankind when He spoke these words to His disciples. In His humanity He was about to face the darkest time of His life; a time when even those closest to Him would turn their backs on Him. Can you imagine the pressure that was upon Him at that time? And yet, He knew that He wasn’t alone because His Father was right there with Him.

Maybe you have felt all alone at times in your life. Times when it seemed that everyone who should have or could have been close to you had turned their backs on you and left you to face the unknown alone. But just as Jesus had the assurance that He wasn’t walking through life alone, so can we have that assurance. As children of God, born again believers in the risen Christ, we can know without a shadow of a doubt that we do not face life and it’s pressures alone. The Father, through His indwelling Spirit, is always with us.

Hebrews 13:5b, 6 ….For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

God has promised to be with us, to walk with us through life’s pressures and to give us the help that we need at just the right time. We do not have to fear what lies ahead because Jesus said even though we would experience pressure from this world system and the attacks of the enemy that we could be of good cheer because He had overcome those things for us. We have peace and strength in Him even in the midst of the storms of life.

John 16:33 “These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.

That word for “tribulation” in the Greek is the word thlipsis and according to Strong’s concordance #2347 it means “pressure, oppression, stress, anguish, tribulation, adversity, affliction, crushing, squashing, squeezing, distress. The word is used of crushing grapes or olives in a press.

How many times have you felt like you were being crushed in a press due to the adversity and tribulation going on in your life? It’s a very real affliction; not just something that comes against you mentally. You can experience very real physical symptoms from the pressures of life. But Jesus said to be of good cheer. In other words, don’t let the devil squeeze you into his mold! Rest in the peace that Jesus has purchased for you on the cross of Calvary. He took our tribulations on Himself when He was crucified on our behalf. The great exchange was made; His peace for our tribulation.

John 14:27 “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.

Jesus said He was leaving His peace with us. It’s a different kind of peace than what we find out in the world. The world gives us peace as we perform according to what is expected of us. If we do what is right init’s sight then things go well with us and we have the world’s type of peace. Peace that is based on conditions. If you meet the conditions things will go well with you. But the peace that Jesus has given us is a peace that has no requirements for you to meet; it is unconditional and can’t be taken back from you. You never have to perform to receive it; it is given by grace and received through the exercise of your faith.

Peace by the definition of the world’s standards is freedom from disturbance or agitation. It is conditional based upon whether or not there is friction or strife in your life. If no strife is there then you have peace. But God’s peace, the peace that Jesus gives us, is the Greek word “eirene” and it means “a state of rest, quietness, and calmness; an absence of strife; tranquility. It general denotes a perfect well-being. It is a calmness even in the midst of the storm. It is not dependent upon the absence of strife for it to work. It is a state of rest, quietness and calmness, even when the pressure is on. The world’s form of peace is totally dependent upon the absence of strife and the peace that Jesus gives is a peace that works even when strife is present. You can experience peace in the midst of life’s trials; if you will trust the Lord, receive it by faith, and keep your focus on Him.

Isaiah 26:3, 4 You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength.

Keep your focus on the Lord and trust Him and you will experience the peace that passes all understanding. He is there for you! There is none above Him and none beside Him.

Isaiah 45:18 For thus says the LORD, Who created the heavens, Who is God, Who formed the earth and made it, Who has established it, Who did not create it in vain, Who formed it to be inhabited: “I am the LORD, and there is no other.”

Remember it is not who you are that matters the most, it is WHOSE you are. If you have invited Jesus into your heart to be your own personal Lord and Savior then you belong to the family of God. You are a child of Almighty God. He is the One who watches over you; who provides for you and cares for you. He is the One who gives you His peace; perfect peace when you trust Him.

Thank You, Father, for Your peace. I know that I do not travel through life alone, but You are right here with me. You are the One that I long for, cling to, rely on and trust in. You are my God and there is no other above you or beside You. I recognize You as the authority in my life and I trust You to take care of the things that I am concerned about. Father, I pray for those today who might be experiencing turmoil, pain, fear and pressure in their lives due to the adversity that is facing them. Father, I ask You to touch them where they are, to provide for them as they have need and to give them peace in their hearts knowing that You love them and are watching over them. Give them peace in the midst of their storms, Father. Show them Your great power in overcoming all that is coming against them. Show them how to rest in You, Lord, and experience the assurance that all will be okay in their lives. Thank You, Lord Jesus, for the peace that You have given us. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Miracles Still Happen!

To pray is to bring your requests before God inquiring about, requesting, or making a demand upon His ability to answer or fulfill the request that you have made of Him.

Philippians 4:6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God;

Are you anxious about things that are happening in your life? Take them to God. Talk to Him about the provision that you have need of. Have you prayed about your situation? Rest in His ability to answer and take care of your need. Have you thanked Him for providing for your need even before you see it? That’s the way He wants you to come before Him; in thanksgiving, without anxiety, but solidly presenting your requests and placing your trust in His ability to provide for you.

Matthew 6:25 “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?

Worry – Greek word merimnao – Strong’s #3309 Means “to divide into parts.” The word suggests a distraction, a preoccupation with things causing anxiety, stress, and pressure.

When we worry about things it’s like our minds are divided into parts; we are preoccupied to the point that we can’t think clearly. The act of worrying then causes more anxiety that what we are worried about. Our stress level is multiplied and we feel the pressure of a pressure cooker in full steam. But Jesus said we don’t have to worry because we have a heavenly Father who cares for us and has provided for our every need.

Matthew 6:26-30 “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?”

God cares for all of His creation, but His masterpiece is the man/woman that He has created in His very own image and likeness. We are His most important creation. If He takes care of the flowers and the birds that He created for our benefit, would He not much more care for us, His children? Why, then, would we worry when we can look at those created things and see God’s constant care for them?

Jesus coins those who worry as having “little faith”. That word for “little faith” is the Greek word “oligopistos” and it means lacking confidence in God. We worry because we lack confidence in the ability and willingness of our heavenly Father to provide for our needs. That confidence in Him needs to be strengthened in order for us to overcome the temptation to fear or be anxious about the happenings in our lives.

Matthew 6:31-34 “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.”

Verse 31 gives us a couple of keys in overcoming worry. It says “Therefore do not worry, saying,….” When we speak forth what we are worrying about it gives credibility to the anxiety that is going on within us. Words are containers of power. They either carry life or death in them according to Proverbs 18:21. When we speak out the worry that’s in our hearts we are giving it power over us. What if, instead, we spoke out the promise of God that would be the solution to what we are worrying about? Not only would be be speaking the truth about what God wants to do in our lives, but we would be building our confidence, or faith, in Him to provide for us.

Romans 10:17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

When we speak forth the promises of God to counteract the worries that we have, we are building our faith as we hear them spoken. Faith comes, or is strengthened, by hearing the word of God spoken out.

So, instead of worrying, we should speak out some promises of God that speak of His ability and willingness to provide for us.

The second key to overcoming worry is to seek God’s kingdom first. When we put Him first in our lives our focus is taken off of ourselves and placed on Him. Whatever we magnify in our lives will become the largest to us. If we magnify the worry that we have over our life’s situations, the problem will become bigger than the answer to the problem. But when we magnify God then He becomes the focus of our attention and that opens the way for Him to move supernaturally in our lives with the provision that we need.

Philippians 4:19 And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

How does God provide for us? According to His riches in Christ Jesus. Those two words “according to” means “in a manner consistent with”. So God provides for His children in a manner consistent with His riches, not ours. Does God ever run out of provision? NO, His riches never run out and He never suffers lack. He is not limited by our ability to hold a job that pays what we need to cover our obligations, or the money or lack thereof that we have in our bank account. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. His riches are ever flowing to His children. But we must trust Him to provide for us, for when we worry we limit His ability to flow the provision to us because everything that we receive from God comes by His grace through our faith. We access His grace through faith. When we worry we are really saying we don’t believe God will come through for us this time.

What are you worried about this morning? Will you place your trust in God to make provision for you? What scriptures can you find on the subject that you are concerned about? There is a promise in God’s word for every problem you will encounter. If you will pray and ask Him to help you, He will give you the scriptures that you need to stand on to counter the worry that is coming against you. God will not fail to provide for your need!

Matthew 10:29-31 “Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. “But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. “Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

God knows every problem that you are experiencing. You are much more valuable to Him than the birds of the air or the lilies of the field. He knows every time a sparrow falls to the ground. He even knows the number of hairs on your head. That’s how intimately involved He is in your life. He will not fail to care for you! Put your trust in Him!

Father, I thank You for Your provision for Your children this morning. I pray, Father, that You will show each one of us the promises that You have for us to counter the worrisome thoughts that come into our minds. Help us, Lord, to stand on Your promises to overcome the fear and worry that we experience as we encounter difficulties in our lives. Thank You, Father, for always supplying the needs of Your children. You care for the birds of the air and the flowers of the field, so I know You will provide for us. Thank You for Your goodness to each of us today. I commit this day into Your hands, Lord. May Your will be done in my life as it is in heaven! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Don’t Worry!

Sometimes my husband points out to me that I am worrying. I’m thankful that God brought him into my life and for him helping me to keep a proper perspective on casting my cares on the Lord and not allowing worry to steal my peace!

So, God tells us in this scripture that we are not to worry about anything. Wow, how hard is that? Have you ever caught yourself fretting over something? I think we women especially have a tendency to do that. But God actually gives us a “pattern” to follow for success in this portion of scripture.

  1. Don’t worry – instead pray!
  2. Tell God your needs – and don’t forget to be thankful for what He does for you!
  3. Result – God’s peace will encompass your mind and your heart!
  4. Rest – will come as you trust in Christ!

Now, how simple can that be? It all boils down to our willingness to place our trust in God and allow Him to handle our problems instead of us trying to do it on our own. He’s a BIG God; the only true GOD! He created the universe and all that’s within it! Who are we to think we can help Him out by worrying? Jesus says in Matthew 6:34 that when we worry we actually borrow from tomorrow’s trouble. Wow, who would want to bring tomorrow’s troubles into today? Instead He says that when we seek His kingdom and His righteousness, or His right way of doing things, that everything that we have need of that we’ve worried about will be added unto us. What a great exchange…..trading our needs for His provision! I think I’ll concentrate a little more on doing that. How about you?

Psalm 55:22  Cast your burden on the LORD, And He shall sustain you; He shall never permit the righteous to be moved.

Father, I thank You for always meeting my every need according to Your riches in Christ Jesus. Thank You for handling the things that I tend to worry about. You are so much better at dealing with life’s issues than me. I thank You that when I present my requests before You that You hear me and set my heart at peace. Thank You for always being there for me! And now Lord, I bring my friends before You. So many of them are struggling with their own problems right now and need encouragement and provision for what they are experiencing. Father, You’ve said that You would provide for their needs according to, or in the same measure as, Your riches in glory by Christ Jesus. I pray that they will receive that provision today, Father. And that You will give them an assurance in their hearts that it’s been taken care of and that You are working in each situation bringing the resolution that they have need of. Thank You, Father. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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