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Monday – If God Is for Us
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Monday – Whom Should We Fear?
Tuesday – Live with the End in View
Wednesday – Run with Endurance
“Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 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!
Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest?
But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.” (Luke 12:22-26, 31, NIV)
Our Creator offers us freedom from worry. He invites us to come to Him and trust Him with all our needs.
Yet we defend our right to worry. After all, isn’t it acceptable, even wise, to be “concerned” about some things?
But worry is no privilege. I think about what happens to me when I begin to worry. Peace of mind goes immediately. I get frightened about the future, and as I do, I focus on my own needs. Generosity, joy, and perspective are squeezed out. Selfishness, fear, and shortsightedness take over.
I have to be honest here: anxiety is not entirely a defeated foe for me. Work and family situations still gnaw at me occasionally. But the Creator has been patient and faithful in teaching me important lessons.
First, I’ve realized that anxiety is fear, pure and simple. Fear assumes a false reality. Fear assumes that God doesn’t exist, or that He has lost control of the situation. Fear forgets His power. It forgets His kindness and unchanging love.
Fear focuses on self, ignoring God. When I am anxious, my thoughts are on my own needs and my ability to meet them, not on God and His willingness to help me.
Second, I’ve learned through difficult experiences that I cannot make worry go away. I cannot will it away or reason it away (the Lord knows I’ve tried!). Even when I sincerely commit a problem to Him, it sometimes keeps coming back to mind.
But I’ve found that I can keep bringing the concern to Him, simply and honestly, each time it arises.
Further, I’ve found that when words and pretty promises don’t help, He himself is the greatest comfort. He is always with me, even when I forget Him. My Creator still holds my entire life in His hand. The One who made me is still working toward my good, even during the dark times.
When finances are tight, He reminds me, “I am your security, not money.”
When a long car trip is necessary in winter and I’m concerned about slick roads, He whispers, “I am your protection, not the weather.”
And when troubles sweep happiness out of my reach, He is still with me. He draws me to look into His face and say, “Jesus, You are my joy, now and forever.”
In the end, it is not some technique or memorized words that free me from anxiety. It is He himself, my Creator, my God. When He is with me, how can I help but rejoice? How can I help but thank Him, love Him, and trust Him with my life?
Creator, I know You love me. I come to You now with my needs and concerns.
Anxiety is self-centered.
Faith is God-centered.
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Friday – How Much of a God?
Saturday – Illogical Faith
Have you ever listened to children when they’re on an outing? It doesn’t matter what magnificent sights they could be seeing. Their requests are, “I’m thirsty…,” “Do we have to…?” “I’m tired…,” “I wish we could…” They react out of temporary desires. They speak out of pain, fatigue, or false expectations. They don’t know what’s best for them. They can’t see the whole picture.
I think about our Heavenly Father listening to our desires and requests. He’s listened for thousands of years. He knows that what we want often has nothing to do with our happiness. We react out of pain or fatigue or false expectations. We don’t know what’s best. We can’t see the whole picture.
No wonder God sometimes seems to ignore our fervent requests and desires.
Think of it this way:
If you’re married, you know what it takes for two very-different people to live happily together.
So imagine what is necessary for beings like us – who are focused on the moment and on our own comfort – to have a long-term relationship with a Being like God, who sees all of time at once and is all-wise and all-loving.
For such a relationship to endure the hard times, we must keep trusting Him. We must keep our hands in His and stay committed to Him, no matter what. For it’s inevitable that much of the time, we won’t understand where He is leading or how He is working.
We are His children. We can’t see the whole picture. We don’t know what’s best. We must keep trusting our Father’s love.
Sometimes faith leads us to
patiently stand back and let
God do what
only He can do.
The righteous will live by faith. (Romans 1:17, NIV)
One of the first benefits of practicing God’s presence is faith. As we nurture a constant, personal relationship with God, faith becomes more alive and active in every area of life. This is particularly true in times of need. As we turn to God immediately with every concern, He provides for us completely: strength in temptation; assurance in uncertainty; wisdom and patience for relationships; forgiveness for our failures. When we know that God is present, we call on Him freely and with confidence, and obtain from Him all that we need.
by Brother Lawrence and Ken Bible
Why were Jesus’ prayers so powerful?
Because He trusted His Father completely.
He always wanted only
to please His Father and
to glorify Him.
He only wanted what His Father wanted.
That is the key to prayer for us as well.
The focus of prayer should not be changing His will to ours
but reshaping our will to His.
The next time some problem stirs up your anxieties, pray this way:
Father, glorify Yourself through this need.
Bring your concern to Him, simply and honestly,
but make His glory the focus of your prayer.
When God is glorified—
that is, when people see how loving and wonderful He is—
the greatest good is always the result.
I have responsibilities.
I have needs and concerns.
But Lord, let me dwell on my concerns
only as much as
faith permits and
Instead of allowing them to
distract me from You,
let’s share them, Lord.
draw me closer to You, Beautiful God.
Let them become opportunities to
love You and
trust You and
make You real to those around me.
Spirit of Christ,
breathe my every thought.
Fill my mind, my imagination, my dreams
with Your love and
the wonder of Your presence.
You are my Lord forever!