Victory over worry!
Verse for Today: Sunday, March 10, 2013
Matthew 6:27 – “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”
Worry is a negative emotion which causes damage to us by tearing us apart. It crushes us emotionally with dire physical consequences. It damages our minds, takes away our confidence in life, increases our tensions and drains our energy. It pushes us to indecision and increases our stress. It has the capacity to impact our glandular system, digestion, joints, muscles, heart and affects our entire body to make us sick. Jesus warned His disciples not to worry about anything. He asserted that worry was useless and counterproductive. It grieves the Spirit who dwells in us because worry is the expression of our unbelief in God’s promises. When we leave our entire future with God and trust in His promises for eternity, there is no scope for us to take back a few of those moments and indulge in worrying about it. Worry makes us wonder if our Heavenly Father who promises to look after all our affairs is in charge of our future. Worry takes away our confidence and trust in our Father who feeds the sparrows and adorns wild flowers with beauty and elegance. Worry seems to say that even when we enjoy God’s salvation, we can’t trust Him for the next few moments or days in our lives. It is true that the wind of situations try to blow against us and the storm of circumstances try to uproot us. But we are built on the Rock of Ages and that no force will destroy us. So when worry comes to knock at our lives, we must be able to ask it to get lost in the name of the victorious Jesus in whom our future is secure.
Dear friend, is worry your constant companion in life? Is worry attacking your faith, trust and confidence in life and sinking you deep into the miry clay of tension and negative thought pattern from which you find it difficult to get out? But Jesus will get you out of your tendency to worry if you seek His help. If you believe on His promises with all your heart, mind and strength, He will take you forward through the avenue of faith to higher ground. He will give you the capacity to keep trusting in His promises. Just remind yourself with the promises of God and confess that you believe in it wholeheartedly. Keep confessing your unbelief and lack of ability to trust in His promises. Trust in His strength and power to release you from worrying about your future. Keep believing in His mighty power to overrule all your cloudy situations. When you focus on God’s promises and pray for strength to believe it, the Spirit of God who wrote those words will reveal the glory of Jesus through those words and illuminate its power to your heart. You will then be granted the capacity to believe that it shall be done in Christ. You don’t need to know how it will happen, but its mechanics will be worked out by God. It was for Elijah to believe that God will sustain him and simply wait for God’s means to appear in the form of a raven or a widow. It was for Abraham to believe that God was going to give him a son and wait until that son would appear in God’s time. Today the God of Joseph, Gideon, Peter and Paul is working for you behind the scene to fulfill His promises. He has brought you so far and met all your needs. He will surely meet all your needs on all the days of your life according to His riches in glory. Today He is asking you to trust Him for all your tomorrows and believe in all His promises no matter how complicated and cluttered your situation might be.
Philippians 4:6 – Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.
Thought for Today
The clouds of worry will disappear when the brightness of God’s promises shine in our minds.
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