Keep it going! In His Word- 4-2-18

Today is Monday, and many would feel “bleh” as they say today because yesterday was so much fun! I know a lot of people don't work today because it’s "Easter Monday" but for many it’s back to the daily grind.

For some reason throughout history Monday has become a day to dread! People stress out over work, homework, and other things due on Mon
days. But why, why should we worry about what today will bring? 

Matthew six talks a lot about not worrying about things... I need this because I grew up with a worry wart mentality!  I used to be called a "Polly Anna" of sorts and was always trying to find the good in things and people... sometimes when I look back I wonder how I did that not having God as a known constant, but still He seems to have guided me through so much in life while giving me hope and encouragement. 

When I first read this scripture and it was written upon my heart I was literally worrying about what I would eat because I was single, living alone, and my job was a preschool /day care teacher and we really did not make enough to live on.. But God found a way to bring me food on my door step, through the day care leftovers etc. I would get invited to a friends house for supper after church, or happen to stop by my dad’s house just as Sunday Dinner was being cooked. Thought I never knew what time of the afternoon my dad would cook or what he was having it was always delightful to show up to either do laundry or to just have a cup of coffee with my dad and get fed as well!

Its funny how we take on worry so easily and yet the Word clearly says not to worry!

Do Not Worry

25 “Therefore I say to you, 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? 26 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? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:25-34

Let’s think about this for a moment; faith is the combatant to worry. If we worry we have an obvious lack of faith.  According to Matthew 6 verse 30 above.  

If we allow ourselves to worry then we are allowing ourselves to have a lack of faith in God to complete the plan that He has given us to complete. If we allow ourselves to worry then we will not be keeping our eyes on the prize!

So how do we increase our faith?

We know that we have to trust in the Lord with all our hearts and lean not in our own understanding… Proverbs 3:5-6 but what do we do if we find ourselves lacking in faith?

23 Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.”

24 Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!”

25 When Jesus saw that the people came running together, He rebuked the unclean spirit, saying to it: “Deaf and dumb spirit, I command you, come out of him and enter him no more!” Mark 9 23-25

If we lack faith to believe that God can do it, then we can do as the child’s father here did and ask God to help our unbelief! After all we know that faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not yet seen. So if God said he would do something, as in take care of us, our needs according to His riches in glory then we should be able to trust him to heal our mortal bodies, or bring us food from no where.

The Bible is full of ‘if then’ statements! If we believe in Christ as Lord then we are given salvation. If we believe He is able to do all things then we can through Him do whatever He needs us to do. If we believe that we can call on the name of Jesus and be saved then we can call on Him and trust, and know and hope that He will bring it to pass; whatever it is that we have asked him to do.

So the Lord said, “If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you. Luke 17:6

F- First get on your knees, in body or spirit, and pray asking God to provide direction, guidance, healing, etc.

A- Accept that you cannot do it in or of yourself

I- Include your doubts in that prayer, admit that you cannot do this alone, that you want to believe but are full of doubt.

T- Touch the hem o f His garment in prayer. Believe that the healing will come if you are meant to be healed, in the way Jesus wants you to be healed.  Sometimes we have to go through a procedure to get healed because God wants our lives to touch others lives for His purpose!

H-Hold on to the Word of God!  Remind yourself in the scriptures you read that God is able and that with a little faith you can move a mountain, real or spiritual!  God has this! Hope you in God the maker of heaven and heart!

 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Dear Heavenly Father, Help us to trust You to know what is good and right in our lives. Help us to trust you more, and Lord that you would grant us a bigger measure of faith. In Jesus name, amen

Suggested reading Luke 17:1-37,  Matthew 6:1-34,  Hebrews 11:1-40 and Mark 9:1-50