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Thursday, April 24, 2014


Worry........ what is it good for?........ Absolutely nuthin.
That almost sounds like a song from 1969.

Worrying about anything that cannot be changed is a recipe for failure. Worry is assuming that something is going to turn out badly. The world presents plenty of opportunities to be anxious: jobs, kids, finances, health, terrorism, climate change, and an assortment of other things. Worry or fear is the opposite of "Faith in God". There are plenty of Scriptures about "Worry-Fear-Anxiety" and how to deal with WFA.

Philippians 4:4-8
4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.
6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable-if anything is excellent or praiseworthy-think about such things.

When we start to think about God, our brains are swamped with "other things", often things we want such as: A meeting to go well, the new car we’ve been shopping for, vacation plans to fall into place, the new smartphone that’s coming out, the big event you've planned for Saturday. 

It’s not that these things are bad in and of themselves. But they ‘choke the word’ in us. Jesus is the Word. The Word lives in and through us, but when stuff distracts us, when the thorns get our first attention, Jesus gets shoved to the back of our minds and we’re not fruitful. We’re no longer living a life that attracts the curious "outsider" toward the Jesus in us because He’s not evident outwardly. The Fruit of the Spirit: Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness and Self-Control are replaced by worry, greed, frustration, confusion, impatience, anger, envy and exhaustion.

Luke 12: 22-31 22
Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! 

25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? 26 Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27 “Consider how the wild flowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you-you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

These are not things that I have mastered, but things that I'm working on.
Much Love, Dennis

1 comment:

  1. Very good Dennis, we all need this reminder..........TJ