TODAY'S WORD FOR Thursday, June 21, 2018:
To feel uneasy or anxious; torment oneself with disturbing thoughts.
Therefore, I say to you, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT YOUR LIFE, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
BUT SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS AND ALL THESE THINGS SHALL BE ADDED ONTO YOU. Therefore, DO NOT WORRY ABOUT TOMORROW, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
The above scripture is from the New Testament and is a portion of what is commonly known as "THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT" (Matthew 5, 6 and 7). After Jesus had chosen His disciples He went about Galilee teaching in the synagogues, preaching the Gospel to the masses and healing the sick and the lame.
The fame of Jesus quickly spread -- first throughout Syria -- where they brought to Jesus their sick and afflicted and He healed them. Then great multitudes of people came from Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and even beyond the Jordan River to see and listen to Jesus.
Then Jesus seeing the large crowds and hearing the many questions went up to a mountain and sat down with His disciples and began teaching His disciples and the multitudes that followed Him. Jesus came to show us how to live as faithful followers. In this "sermon" one of the topics is WORRY.
How often we say or hear others say, “do not worry.” This is just what Jesus says to us in Matthew 7:25. Jesus said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry.” Yet for the most part we all worry. From a practical point of view, you may ask what does this mean?
Life is difficult. How can we help but worry over issues that affect us personally? Jesus was very specific in these verses in declaring that we are not to WORRY about "THINGS" in our life! The "things" He refers to here is the issue of having food, drink and clothes and what may happen tomorrow.
To emphasize His point Jesus then illustrates what He means by saying that if God protects and provides for the birds of the air and makes the grass and the flowers (lilies of the field) to grow, then how much more will He love, protect and provide for us in all of the circumstances we face in life?
And the key to this is that WE MUST ACCEPT THIS BY FAITH AND NOT WORRY! The way to bring peace to our anxious mind is to focus on God’s promises.
Each of us must make choices every day of our lives as to how we are to live. We can choose to live by faith trusting in God's provision, or we can worry. You cannot live by FAITH and WORRY at the same time. Jesus shared the secret to living by FAITH -- when He said that we are to be seeking FIRST the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness. There it is! To live by FAITH, we must first -- EVERY DAY -- seek God and ask Him for His protection and provisions.
When you make the choice to follow Christ and be part of God's Kingdom all of God’s promises are available to you. God has promised to provide all of your needs according to His riches in Glory through Christ Jesus.
BUT -- You must make the "BY FAITH" choice daily. Will you live by FAITH or will you choose to live your life governed by WORRY? When you make the choice to live by FAITH you will have no need to WORRY. When we worry it shows we really don’t trust in God’s sovereignty and power and truly believe He is in control.
This is a very difficult lesson for most people to learn today. This is because we want control. We are not willing to let go and let God. We want instant gratification and cannot grasp the concept of living by FAITH. The choice is ours and Jesus’ desire is that we learn how to live by FAITH. When we live without a relationship with God and rely on "ME, MYSELF and I" we will live in a state of constant WORRY!
Our memory verse for this week is found in Proverbs 14:12.
There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.
Help our family to understand the negative influence of worry in our lives. Help us to seek You first in all we do and turn our worries into prayers. Keep our faith strong so our trust in You to provide our needs never wavers.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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