Do not worry

Do Not Worry

do not worryMatthew 6:25 (NIV)

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes?

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do not worryWe waste a lot of precious time worrying. We obsess and become anxious about things we have no control over. But, worrying accomplishes absolutely nothing of value. It won’t solve our problems, and we’ll never recoup the time and energy we’ve lost. Adversely, when we worry, we weigh ourselves down, which can lead to more serious problems.

The energy that we spend worrying can be put to much better use in prayer. God knows what we need, and he has the power to control the circumstances of our lives. Why not let him take over our worries?

In the image of God

In the Image of God

in the image of godGen 1:27 (NIV)

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them.

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in the image of godWe human beings are as different and diverse as our wonderful Creator’s mind is capable of creating, yet we all share the outstanding quality of being made in his image. Is this thought the same way amazing to you as it is to me?


in the image of god
I began to grasp the concept just a bit more fully while living in Ghana and also being able to have interactions with people from all over the world. I met and interacted with people as distinct and dissimilar as I could imagine, yet in our worship of God, we experienced unity and a common bond of love, peace, and fellowship. We were reflecting the image of our Creator.

Jesus Understands

Jesus understands

jesus understandsHebrews 4:15-16 (NIV)
15 For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. 16 Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.

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jesus understandsMany times we think just because Jesus visited us only so many years ago here on earth and walked along with us, he is not able to identify himself with the temptations of our modern times. But still, yet he knows every human emotion. Cultures indeed may have changed with times, but the temptation have not, and remain still the same. Jesus know very well what you are going through and is not only ready to help but WANTS to help you because Jesus understands.

jesus understandsIf you are tempted, in which way ever, just go to him for strength and his support, and he will be with you. We, as human beings, are weak, but Jesus is strong. His power is able to flow into you at any given time, through the Holy Spirit.

Turn to him for help in making wise decisions

Bear with one another

Bear with One Another

bear with one anotherColossians 3:12–13 ESV
12)Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, 13)bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive.

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bear with one anotherNone of us is perfect. No, it is rather the opposite, life is full of difficult people. Do not be surprised when I tell you that also our brothers and sisters in Christ at times can be very testing to our patience. But Colossians 3:12-13 explains to us how we can deal with such troublesome individuals – become a “put on!” Paul tells us to put on compassion, kindness, humility, meekness, patience, and forgiveness.

Will you forgive meOn many occasions the Bible speaks about forgiveness because the Lord knows how often we need to forgive and be forgiven. At times it may not be easy or feel natural, that is why it is a put on, but this is how we bear with one another – through humility, compassion and forgiveness.

Look to the Unseen

Look to the Unseen

 

look to the unseen2 Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)
16Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

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On a daily basis our bodies are dying slowly. From the time going we are conceived, our flesh begins already a slow process of aging till the time and day we reach our final breath. Each and every one of us, during times of trouble and afflictions, can feel this “wasting away” even much more acutely.

look to the unseenAre you discouraged or disheartened today? Then know and take heart because no Christian is immune to discouragement. All of us lose heart every now and then. But, like Paul, we can look to the unseen for our encouragement. During hard and tough days, let your spiritual eyes come alive, and through this farsighted lens look beyond what is seen. With eyes of faith see what normal eyes cannot see and get a glorious glimpse of eternity.

All things work for good

All things work for good

All things work for goodRomans 8:28 NIV
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

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Not everything that comes into our lives can be classified as good. Paul didn’t say here that all things are good. Yet, if we really believe this passage of Scripture, then we have to acknowledge that all things—the good, the bad, the sunshine, and the rain—are somehow working All things work for goodtogether by God’s design for our ultimate well-being.

In my own life, when I look back on the trials and those difficult things that seemed far from good at the time, I can see now how they were working for my benefit. If we could see our lives in reverse order, this verse would be so much easier to accept.

See you again on Sunday