Do We Take God’s Command Not To Worry Seriously?

Do We Take God’s Command Not To Worry Seriously?

Philippians 4:6-7 CSB “DON’T WORRY ABOUT ANYTHING, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.”

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What I’m about to say may sound hard to some. I encourage you to hang in there for a minute please before you pass judgment. Let’s turn to Mother’s chapter 1 verse 9. That’s the passage where God says, ‘If you’re a mother, a father, a grandparent, etcetera, it’s ok for you to worry and disobey Him.’ Is that what your Bible says?😳 Mines doesn’t say that either. So why do some use the term, “I’m a mother I’m supposed to worry?” Part of the answer is worrying comes natural to us. And that’s exactly the point; IT’S NATURAL,NOT SPIRITUAL.🤔 EVERY form of worry comes from the flesh, and is a lack of faith in God. We all sometimes do it. I’ve worried about my son at times. But when we do this we are not trusting in God, we are sinning because worry is rooted in fear. (1 John 4:18) Some of us catch ourselves and ask, “Why am I worrying? God told me not to do this.” Then we repent.😊 Others make excuses why it’s ok to worry. Sadly we do this with other things God commands us not to do also.🤔

“IT’S ONLY NATURAL”

Really? Those 3 words (It’s only natural) are gonna cause many to go to hell. Jesus says:

Matthew 12:36-37 CSB “I tell you that on the day of judgment people will have to account for every careless word they speak. For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.””

When we feel deeply about something it is our NATURAL inclination to justify it even when it doesn’t agree with what God’s word says. And if anyone corrects us about our feelings, “They must think they are holier than thou!”😡 (Proverbs 12:1) That’s how many feel about godly counsel. Just as it is natural to worry it’s also natural to wonna commit fornication. But does that make it right? (Hebrews 13:4 1 Corinthians 6:18-20) Just as it’s natural to worry it’s also natural to get angry quickly when people irritate us. But does that make it right? Just as it’s natural to worry it’s also natural to tell a lie when we get in a jam. But does that make it right just because it’s natural? (Ecclesiastes 7:9 Ephesians 4:26-27 Revelation 21:8) I think we get the point.

Since God commands us not to worry we must learn not to worry the same way we learn not to fornicate, not to get drunk, not to gossip or slander, etcetera. Oh if we only knew the doors we open to the dark evil realm when we choose to worry.😳 (Ephesians 6:12) God instructs us not to worry about ANYTHING and instead trust Him. I know this is not always easy to do but we mustn’t give up learning how to do it. It is a commandment. Our eternal well being depends on learning this. If we’ve been worrying let us repent. Our GREAT, BIG GOD is more than capable of handling any of our problems.😊 And lastly I once heard a sister say this: “Instead of looking at how big your problems are look at your problems and tell them HOW BIG YOUR GOD IS!”😃

Mark 11:22-25 CSB “Jesus replied to them, “Have faith in God. Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, everything you pray and ask for — BELIEVE THAT YOU HAVE RECEIVED IT AND IT WILL BE YOURS. And whenever you stand praying, if you have anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven will also forgive you your wrongdoing.””

Psalms 91:14 CSB “Because he has his heart set on me, I will deliver him; I will protect him because he knows my name.”

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Do Y’all Believe That?

Do Y’all Believe That?

2 Thessalonians 2:11-12 KJV “And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: [12] That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.”

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One day a tornado ripped through our town leaving destruction in it’s path. But something strange happened at the town’s junkyard. Instead of destroying it the tornado took all the metals, rubber, plastic, glass, etcetera and formed them into a 757 jumbo jet!😳 That’s right, the tornado took all the junkyard scraps and formed a fully functional commercial airliner! From the cockpit to the passenger area everything in the aircraft worked!😳 You don’t believe me? Why not?

So how do you expect me to believe that a, “Big bang,” an explosion in the cosmos created all of this order we see in heaven and earth? The clouds are wondrous by themselves, then there’s rain, snow, the sun, the moon, and the stars? You expect me to believe an explosion created all of this and put them in perfect order? There’s birds of many different species. Humans, animals, fishes, insects, and plants of all different kinds. You really expect me to believe all these came about through an explosion then they evolved over time?😆 The earth, the sea, the rivers, the mountains, the valleys, do I need to go on? Oh I forgot, the four seasons: winter, spring, summer, and fall. Do you really think an explosion is responsible for all of this? It would be easier for me to believe that a 757 jumbo jet was created by a tornado passing through a junkyard than for me to believe this!😂

STOP PLAYING GAMES

Romans 1:18-20 CSB “For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness SUPPRESS THE TRUTH, since WHAT CAN BE KNOWN ABOUT GOD IS EVIDENT among them, because GOD HAS SHOWN IT TO THEM. For his invisible attributes, that is, his eternal power and divine nature, have been CLEARLY SEEN since the CREATION of the world, being understood through what he has made. As a result, PEOPLE ARE WITHOUT EXCUSE.”

You know there’s a God. That’s why some of you are so angry at Him. Why would you be mad at someone who doesn’t exist?🤔 Do you get angry with Santa Claus when you don’t get what you want? No, because you know he’s a fictitious character. But oh how differently people feel about God (because He’s real and they know it).🤔 In denying the existence of God (throwing a grownup temper tantrum) you are playing a deadly game. Repent while God is still giving you time. He is the only one who can make sense of all your past hurts. Wonna know what real joy feels like?😃 Take it from this former atheist: seek God, get alone and cry out to Him. Ask Him whatever is on your heart. That’s what I did one day. And He answered me, then showed me How real He really is!🥲

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God’s Ways Are Not Ours

God’s Ways Are Not Ours

Luke 2:4-5 KJV “And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) [5] To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.”

Can you imagine what went through folks minds as they saw Mary pregnant and not yet married? You think some thought she and Joseph were fornicators? In their culture you could be stoned to death for such an offense. Why didn’t God wait until Mary was married to make her pregnant by the Holy Spirit? Then if anyone saw Mary’s belly, “Great with child,” they would think nothing of it. They would conclude she was pregnant by her husband. Is it unreasonable to think that Mary may have also had some concerns like, “People are gonna think I’ve sinned when they see me?” Why would God choose this timing to bring about the savior of the world? The short answer: BECAUSE HE’S GOD!

I’m sure folks have lots of answers to these questions and some of them would be right. All I can say is God’s timing to do things is His own business. HE IS GOD! He is the only person who does what He wants when He wants and it’s always perfect timing.😊 (2 Samuel 22:31) Let’s remember this when we find ourselves in challenging situations.😊 Others don’t have to know and we don’t always need to know why God chooses to do a thing at a certain time. All we need is the faith that His ways are perfect:


“God you are so wise! I never would have saw that! All I was thinking about was how uncomfortable it felt. You were protecting me the whole time! Forgive me Lord.”😥

Isaiah 55:8-9 KJV “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. [9] For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.”

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Decisions

Decisions

Isaiah 30:21 NET “You will hear a word spoken behind you, saying, “This is the correct way, walk in it,” whether you are heading to the right or the left.”

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Doesn’t it feel like the pressure has turned up since Covid-19? If you feel like this year has been tough when it comes to making decisions you’re not alone. A lot has happened since Covid. It’s as if another level of evil has been unleashed in the air along with the disease.🦠👽 Many have lost jobs, houses, cars, etcetera. Others have lost loved ones and brethren. The evil in the air has contributed to some turning away from folks they once proclaimed to love. (Matthew 24:10-13) People are losing their minds. They’re being robbed of their own identities. (John 10:10) The pressure has certainly turned up. The days are more evil than before.

Today’s pressures remind me of the game chess (only more deadlier). In chess your opponent’s job is to restrict your freedom or moves, and force you to make moves you don’t want to make. If your opponent is successful after so many forced moves your position becomes so weakened to the point you just wonna resign, or your king gets checkmated. In either case you lose. If you feel like you’re in such a struggle or you’re stuck and don’t know which way to move I believe this article will encourage you. Or if you’ve already made a bad move but you still want to fight and win I think this piece will edify you.😊

IT’S NOT ALL YOUR FAULT

The Devil and his angels love to play deadly games.👽 They cause troubling situations similar to hard to figure out chess problems. Then once we become troubled they whisper in our ears that we are sinning, “You don’t have enough faith,” they mutter. Basically when we feel anxious or fearful and don’t know what to do evil spirits love making us feel guilty for being stuck in the same troubles they’ve caused. How sick!🤮 But let’s take a closer look at something Jesus says so that we may dispel these demonic attacks:

John 14:27 KJV “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart BE troubled, neither let it BE afraid.”

Do you know what the that 2 letter word, “BE,” means? Look it up in a dictionary; it means, ‘to be equal in meaning with, to have identity with, or to exist as something.’ When Jesus said, “Let not your heart BE troubled, neither let it BE afraid.” he was saying don’t be equal in meaning with anxiety or fear, don’t let them be your identity, and not to exist in a constant state of trouble and terror. Will we get anxious and fearful sometimes? Yes. But GETTING anxious and fearful and BEING anxious and fearful are two different things. One comes and goes, the latter always stays:

2 Corinthians 4:8-9 KJV “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are PERPLEXED, but not in despair; [9] Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed.”

The scripture clearly says we go through all kinds of pressure from this world and are hit on all sides. Do you know what the word, “Perplexed,” means in the original Greek in the text above according to STRONG’S Definition? “To have no way out that is be at a loss (mentally).” Is that not how you feel sometimes, perhaps even now? Like you don’t know which way to turn or what to do? This feeling is normal and not sinful. So don’t beat yourself to death over it. All believers get perplexed the scripture says. Remember there is a difference between GETTING and BEING something. These are highly unusual times. It’s much easier to become confused and make the wrong decision. But isn’t it great to know even if you have slipped up God is willing to forgive you?😊 So why not forgive ourselves? God has given us a giant eraser. It’s called repentance. As long as we humbly admit to Him our faults and repent He is more than happy to forgive us.😊 (Proverbs 28:13)

Though believers get beat down by this world and are even confused at times we are never forsaken by God or destroyed.😊 Our God is always with us, always protecting us, always guiding us. You know what inspired me to write this article? Like you I’ve been under unusual pressures lately and was about to make a bad move. It felt like a forced move just like in a game of chess. At the moment it seemed like the right move. Now I can see my opponent (the Devil) was setting me up for that move the whole time. I even made preparations for this move that costed me financially, mentally, and even physically. But who cares? I just thank God that it didn’t cost me spiritually! Right before I was about to do it God showed me, “Don’t move there.” Sometimes it’s not until we make the wrong choices or are headed that way God intervenes. Let’s be glad He does. Or how else could this passage come true?

Isaiah 30:21 NET “You will hear a word spoken behind you, saying, “This is the correct way, walk in it,” whether you are heading to the right or the left.”

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