Fear With Faith
The 700 Club
-- My godly mother, who prayed me into the kingdom, frequently used to
say she was "worried sick" about this or that.
But here's the plain truth:
worry is a sin! Over and over, the Bible commands, "Do not worry!" It doesn't
do a bit of good, but it can certainly do harm -- like causing ulcers.
bluntly challenged His followers: "Don't worry about everyday life -- whether
you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Can all your worries add a single moment
to your life? Of course not. You have so little faith!" (Matthew 6:25b,27, 30b).
illustrate His point, Jesus said, "Look at the birds. They don't need to plant
or harvest because your heavenly Father feeds them" (Matt. 6:26a).
you ever seen a bird having a nervous breakdown? They don't worry because they
know God will feed them. And remember, "You are far more valuable to Him than
they are" (Matt. 6:26b).
Many worries stem from worldly desires. Television
commercials create an insatiable demand for things we don't really need. Lust
is wanting it now; trust is depending on God to provide.
Jesus said: "Why
be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly
Father already knows all your needs, and He will give you all you need from day
to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern" (Matt.
When we walk closely with Jesus day by day, we find rest. But
inner peace doesn't come if we run here and there, wasting time and chasing worldly
things. The world can corrupt us with its troubles, making us scared. After all,
good news doesn't sell newspapers! The devil wants to keep us on a treadmill with
our nose to the grindstone, worrying about everything. But God says, "Fear not!"
As you face each day, don't miss the blessing -- it's Him! God loves you
and knows your true needs, whether they be physical, social or financial. So come
to Him in faith, give Him your burdens, seek His face, praise His name and He
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