Worry and the 2 “F” words

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“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
(Matthew 6:34 NKJV)

We like to WORRY.

We WORRY about the past, the present & the future.

We WORRY about what we could have, should have, or might have done.

We WORRY about things we can and cannot control and we WORRY about things that probably won’t ever happen.

It’s normal to want to WORRY, but the problem comes with what we do with it …

We have 2 ways to deal with WORRY – in FEAR or in  FAITH.

They are the 2 “F” words we need to deal with all the time.

FEAR can lead to paralysis – where we are so scared that we do nothing.

FAITH on the other hand strengthens us – spurring us into action.

They are the 2 “F” words linked to worry, but with very different points of departure that produce dramatically different results.

FEAR weakens you;
FAITH strengthens you.

FEAR stops you from doing something;
FAITH gets you to do something.

FEAR imprisons you;
FAITH opens doors for you.

FEAR shuts you up;
FAITH gives you a testimony.

FEAR brings despair;
FAITH gives birth to  hope.

FEAR blindens you;
FAITH opens your eyes.

FEAR sees the obstacles;
FAITH sees the solutions.

FEAR focuses on the impossibilities;
FAITH sees the possibilities.

God didn’t call you to live a life of WORRY that’s driven by FEAR … but to live a life of VICTORY driven by FAITH.

“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.”
(Isaiah 41:10 NKJV)

Be encouraged.

 

Birthing the Impossible

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For with God nothing will be impossible.” (Luke 1:37 NKJV)

When God assigned Moses to lead the nation of Israel out of captivity from Egypt – humanly speaking it was impossible. The odds where overwhelming. 

Except for 1 thing … Moses was working with, and for God.

The story of Israel’s exodus is littered with astonishing miracles. The plagues, the events at the Red Sea, the provision of food and water for millions of people (& animals) all against staggering odds.

But we’re talking about the God of the impossible here … And there’s more – Elijah, Gideon, David, Samson, Jericho, Elisha, the young boys in the fire, Daniel in the lion’s den, Lazarus raised from the dead, Peter, Paul … miracle after miracle …

Has God called you to do something difficult? – good.

Has He called you to do the impossible? – excellent! 

You are in good company. 

There aren’t any perfect people around. Even those who look like they have it all together – don’t. And that’s good news, because God chooses to work through ordinary, everyday people, just like you and me. 

Think about this – He’s worked with murderers, traitors, prostitutes, adulterers, cowards, rich people, poor people, lepers, doubters … the list goes on. So there’s hope for each of us.

God chooses to work through ordinary, everyday people, just like you and me

The bottom line is this – nothing is impossible when we commit our lives into the Hands of the Lord and follow His calling by obeying the things He asks us to do. Nothing.

So regardless of what you may be facing right now, or what still lies ahead … 

Be encouraged, for Jeremiah 32:27 says:-

Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh. Is there anything too hard for Me?

So go on, birth the impossible. 

Dealing with Betrayal

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At some point in life everyone experiences betrayal.

I my devotions this morning I read the following about Judas … the guy who betrayed Jesus.

As I  thought it through, the message below just started flowing, so I hope it encourages someone out there …

“So he went his way & conferred with the chief priests & captains, how he might betray Him to them.

And they were glad, & agreed to give him money.

So he promised & sought opportunity to betray Him to them in the absence of the multitude.” (Luke 22:4-6 NKJV)

Bearing in mind that being God, Jesus knew that this was happening, & allowed it to run it’s full course so that the Will of God for mankind might be fulfilled.

Jesus knew exactly what was going down – the planning, the scheming, the conferring and even the price for His betrayal …

BETRAYAL.

It still happens today … in the workplace, in relationships, politics, business & sometimes even in church.

When betrayal happens, follow Jesus’s example:-

> Commit yourself to God

> Keep focused on the ball

> Stay in the game

> Complete the course

> Forgive & restore

and when it looks like it’s all over …

> RISE AGAIN!

Be encouraged.

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