We should never allow ourselves to worry or become anxious about anything.
Many times we dread our coming days because we think this might happen or
that might happen and we miss the blessing of our today's because of
unwarranted worry. What we must always remember and keep in mind is that
God has said He will keep us in perfect peace because our eyes are focused
on Him. It is only in looking to the Lord that we can face our tomorrows
with confidence not worried about what may happen, but happy in that day
because God is in control. Instead of wasting our time worrying about or
overthinking what bad could happen, we should enjoy the blessing of that
day and relish every moment of it. I'm sure many of us can think back on
a situation where we spent hours worrying about something and in the end
it was all for nothing. What we worried about never came to pass. That
is why I believe worry is a very powerful weapon that the enemy uses
against us. (Isaiah 26:3) (Matthew 6:27-34) (Psalm 121:1-5)
The enemy tries to keep us stagnant by keeping our mind busy on what could
happen instead of us taking our control back and living life as God has
intended for us to live. Be encouraged to think on what you're thinking
about. Are you wasting your precious days stagnant and in a standstill
because you're allowing worry to keep you from living life? If so, you can
break the cycle today and start enjoying what God has prepared for you.
Remember, Jesus said in Matthew 6:25-26 “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?” Believe that you are meant for more and start accomplishing
and reaching for the heights of victory that God has for you. (Proverbs 23:7)
I hope this message challenges your heart to stop worrying over things that
you have no control over and believe that God will work all things out for
JUST IN TIME
Novelist Vicki Baum once said, “You don't get ulcers from what you eat.
You get them from what's eating you.” And what's eating us much of the
time is worry. It eats us from the inside out.
I wish I could always be like former baseball player Mickey Rivers. He
philosophized, “Ain't no sense worrying about things you got control over,
because if you got control over them, ain't no sense worrying. And there
ain't no sense worrying about things you got no control over either,
because if you got no control over them, ain't no sense worrying.”
Maybe that makes sense, I'm just not sure. But even if it does, I'll
likely wind up worried anyway. Which is why I like this story related by
inspirational Dutch author and holocaust survivor Corrie ten Boom.
Corrie learned a powerful lesson as a little girl. Having encountered the
lifeless body of a baby, she realized that people she loved would someday
die, too. She thought about the fact that her father and mother and sister
Betsie could quite possibly pass on before she does. The thought frightened
and worried her.
One night her father came in to tuck her into bed. Corrie burst into tears
and sobbed, “I need you. You can't die. You can't!”
Her father sat on the edge of the narrow bed and spoke tenderly to his
daughter. “Corrie,” he said gently, “when you and I go to Amsterdam, when
do I give you your ticket?”
She sniffed a few times and considered the question. “Why, just before I
get on the train,” she answered.
“Exactly,” he continued. Then he gave her assurance that was to last a
lifetime. “When the time comes that some of us have to die, you will look
into your heart and find the strength you need - just in time.”
Some years later Corrie and her family, arrested for sheltering Jews and
members of the Dutch resistance, were sent to Nazi concentration camps.
She, indeed, experienced the deaths of her parents and sister, as well as
numerous friends. She endured hardships that she could never have imagined
as a young child. But the words of her father stayed with her and proved
to be true. “You will look into your heart and find the strength you need
- just in time.” She always did. Regardless of the suffering or hardship
she encountered, when she looked inside her heart she found the strength
she needed - just in time.
If you worry and fret, or if you feel anxious about your future, you may
find Corrie's experience helpful. And if that thing you dread should ever
arrive, then you need only look inside your heart. The strength you need
can be found there - Just In Time.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 118:4-6 “Let them now that fear the LORD say, that His mercy
endureth for ever. I called upon the LORD in distress: the LORD answered
me, and set me in a large place. The LORD is on my side; I will not fear:
what can man do unto me?”
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to them
that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Psalm 107:19-22 “Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, And He
saved them out of their distresses. He sent His word and healed them, And
delivered them from their destructions. Oh, that men would give thanks to
the LORD for His goodness, And for His wonderful works to the children of
men! Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, And declare His
works with rejoicing.”
Psalm 34:6-9 “This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, And saved
him out of all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps all around
those who fear Him, And delivers them. Oh, taste and see that the LORD is
good; Blessed is the man who trusts in Him! Oh, fear the LORD, you His
saints! There is no want to those who fear Him.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
Today’s Selected Poem: TEN RULES FOR A HAPPY DAY
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Today’s Selected Testimony: HOLLI HESS'S TESTIMONY
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In Christ’s Service,
God’s Work Ministry