Are you suffering from a peace deficiency today? Losing your mind because of situations beyond your immediate control?
Do you wish things were different? Feel like things are oftentimes moving from bad to worse, like your entire world might be starting to unwind?
Do you find yourself spending more and more time each day begging God to fix more and more broken parts of your life? Or even worse… do you find yourself praying less and less, because you’ve lost confidence in His ability to help?
Chewing off your fingernails? Pulling out your hair? At the brink of tears at least a few times a day?
If this is your predicament, then anxiety has constricted itself around your heart… snuffing out your ability to live in the beauty of now!
Jesus talked to his disciples about anxiety in Matthew 6:25-33. Here’s what he said to them and what He’s saying to us today:
“That is why I [Jesus] tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are? Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
“And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Think about the power of what Jesus is saying here. “These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers…”
I have to admit, that too often in my own life, these things do dominate my thoughts… as if I were an unbeliever.
But I am not an unbeliever! I believe in God! My salvation is not a hoax. On February 17th, 1991 @ 10:45pm, I fully trusted Jesus as my Lord… and I am [still] certain [today] that God, who began the good work within [me], will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns. (Philippians 1:6 NLT)
Sometimes, just like everyone else, I forget that God cares about my success more than I do. I forget that He is the Supreme power of the universe… that He is the one who promotes His faithful servants. Sometimes I forget that I have a Father in heaven who loves me with an everlasting love. I forget that He has a trillion ways of fulfilling His promises to me!
We need to trust God with today, tomorrow, and forever! We need to fret less and trust more. With all we have, we have to fight against the fears that come to wipe us out… and we have to remain in the faith that creates our favorable future!
Remember: fear is a force just like faith is a force. Fear is confidence in the devil just like faith is confidence in God. Fear invites destruction just like faith invites the miracles of God Almighty.
Maybe this is why David was so careful to eradicate anxiety from his heart. In Psalm 139:23-24, David says, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. Point out anything in me that offends you, and lead me along the path of everlasting life.”
You should do the very same thing today! Locate your fears and eradicate them through prayer! Rediscover that confidence you once had in God. If you do this, I promise, things will start to change in your life. Momentum will start to shift in your favor once again!
I just finished praying for you all. Make this a most triumphant day everyone! With much love…
Dream Big, Live Bold, and Make the Difference!