Verse of the day...

~ “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” ~ Isaiah 41:10

Saturday, August 10, 2019

Worry... Fear... Lies - all from Satan

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

☕ - You're a handful of stitches away on that crocheted baby blanket for a friend who's shower is today... and you are at the end of your yarn... you don't have the time or money to make that trip to the store for a whole skein of yarn for a few stitches.
You know you need a couple more birdies to make the cut. But all you can see are the last few finishing holes—with all the foreboding that water hazards, traps, and crowds can put into someone’s mind.
You are a student, getting ready to graduate, and this one looming final is ahead—and all you can remember is how demanding this teacher is and how unsure you are about how to prepare.
Or you have this presentation at your job or a big interview—and you can only see yourself lock up and your dry mouth make your words stumble.
I know I don’t sound reassuring right now. But the enemy doesn’t rest, and one of his specialties is to get us to worry about future events. I think he does this because he knows that when we are frazzled and distracted, we are less in tune with God’s will and the still, small voice that his Spirit leads us with. Knocking us off course is what the enemy wants, because his vanity is rewarded for seizing our attention for a little while.
We get distracted because we forget who we are in Christ, forget that our life is much more than golf, school, or work. When Jesus taught his hearers (and us!) not to worry in the Sermon on the Mount, he did so because we need to realize that:
– we are not in control (we cannot add a single hour to our life)
– it is God, our Father, who takes care of us (like the lilies of the field and birds of the air)
– God does not take care today of future problems (tomorrow will worry about itself).

 I am also reminded of the Lord’s Prayer, where we ask for our daily bread—not tomorrow’s bread!
I remember having lunch with a couple friends a few years back... one of my friends was so anxious before a meeting that she was already crying about it weeks ahead of the event. In her wisdom.... my other friend reminded her about Mark 13, verse 11: “… do not worry beforehand about what to say. Just say whatever is given you at the time, for it is not you speaking, but the Holy Spirit.” And that, in the same way, we should not worry beforehand, for the same Spirit works through us.

This lesson is not always easy to learn. Nine years ago.... my husband was diagnosed with Cancer (leukemia) . Even though he went into remission quickly... I couldn't help but sometimes think, What if it comes back? What will we do then? But Jesus even said, “Do not worry about your life.”   Through all the relapses and remissions....  Jesus always reminded us.... "Do not Worry"
What the enemy doesn’t tell us is that God is with us—through any past, present, future adversity. He will never leave us or forsake us. Christ’s love surpasses understanding.

“Jesus loves me, this I know, for the Bible tells me so.” Adults teach it, children sing it, but do we really know it and live by it? If we really knew how much Jesus loves us and others around us, how would it change our needs, wants and expectations in relationships? How would it change those of us who tend to live and die by the praise and criticism of others?  Christ’s love changes everything! Therefore, do not worry.

Many Blessings to you all....
Tammy  💕

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