Devotional 2/27

There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18

Worry is like a rocking chair—it’s always in motion but it never gets you anywhere.

Joyce Meyer

God knows that our human self absorbed nature is bound to its thoughts, so He constantly feels the need to remind us to not worry. Worry consumes our minds, we are constantly thinking and thinking can very much wear us out. One of the reasons for worry is that we need to be in control. It stems from a place of fear and distrust. There are many things out of our control, yet we can insist on controlling them. We were created with black hair, we dye it another color. We were born with a certain type of nose, and we have figured out how to reshape it. The human being is so concerned with being in control and having things done in their way. Then we go to the school of life, where we are taught that there are certain things in our control- all revolving our character, our thoughts and our behavior.

Have you ever changed anything by worrying?

It’s funny that Jesus asked the disciples, “which of you by worrying has grown an inch or two in stature?”

In one sense it is good to be concerned and show compassion, it is good to preoccupy our minds with a to do list, and even set some order to our lives with goal planning… but it is not okay to be anxious or to be stressed by a situation we are desiring to change or happen. If we do not take control of our minds, Satan will send us into a panic attack. Satan wants to destroy us, what better way than to steal our sanity?

Gods word tells us to not worry or be anxious, but to present our petitions to Him in faith. Faith is the opposite of worry and far, as love is the opposite of hate. Worry steals our peace, drains our energy and even makes us sick. Scientific studies have long proven that stress causes heart disease and cancer. As Cindy Trimm says, unguarded thoughts causes ‘issues in our tissues’. God gives us a better recipe, He says trust in ME. Don’t trust other people, do not even trust in yourself. Why? Because we are imperfect beings, and we are sure to make mistakes. Yet God, the true God, He makes no mistakes.

It’s challenging to trust God, but it is possible to learn how to trust Him. When God is in the center f our life, and of our thoughts, we can rely on Him for direction, breakthrough, change and peace. I remember being in the middle of the ocean, and feeling so much peace wearing goggles and a life belt; but it was such a different story without these. God reminded me that He is the life belt, and He is my eyes. He sees much further than we do. He upholds us with His hand for His own name’s sake. When you care about your reputation, you will care for it and that’s how the Lord is with us: He takes care of us, all who trust in Him. He protects His name, at least with those things we give Him access to. It is so important to give God access into every area of our lives, so that we may develop the trust He desires from us in each area. Maybe God wants you to trust Him to be your financial advisor, maybe your gym trainer, maybe your matchmaker, maybe your discipleship mentor… but first you have to be open to receive. It will not happen overnight, but just as friends grow and learn to trust each other-we can too learn to trust God!

Let’s pray:
Lord Jesus, I ask you for forgiveness for the many times I have been afraid, fearful or worried. I stand in the gap for my friends too, and all those reading. May you open our eyes like you opened Elisha’s eyes, may we see heavens armies fighting for us. May we see your love embrace and guide us. May we believe that your are for us and not against. May we see what you want us to see, and not be consumed by our own preoccupied thoughts. Convict us that your plans are to I’ve us hope, and a better future, not to destroy us or make us suffer. May you always be the lifter of our heads. And Lord, please help us all be content in you, as you say that godliness with contentment is great gain. I ask you all these favors, in Jesus’ name. Amen.

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