Do We Believe or Do We Worry

 

DO WE BELIEVE OR DO WE WORRY

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

And when He had come into the house, the blind men came to Him.

And Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?”

They said to Him, “Yes, Lord.”

Matthew 9:28 NKJV

Do we really believe? Do I believe God can heal me? Do I really believe God will supply our needs when my husband loses his job and the bills are mounting up? We say that we believe God can do anything, but what about an hour later when we see that hospital bill? Do we begin to worry? Anxiety creeps in when the doctor says the treatments aren’t working. Fear takes control when the new job falls through.

What happens when uneasiness takes over? Physically, it affects our sleep, appetite, and health. Emotionally, it creates stress and anxiety. Spiritually, it is sin.

Worry tells God He is unfaithful. Worry says we don’t trust God to keep His promises. Worry and faith cannot exist together because they are opposites. When cares rob us of peace, we are allowing our circumstances to control us rather than the inerrant Word of God.

“Worry” comes from a German word meaning “to choke or strangle”. That vividly describes how we feel when we obsess over things. Satan comes to steal, kill, and destroy (John 10:10). He will plant anguish in the minds of believers every chance he gets.

We fail to realize how atrocious worry is to God. It has no benefits. Our stressful thought patterns change nothing, and usually, we muse about the “What if’s”.

How do we stop our anxious thoughts? We repent, like we do with all sin. We pray for God to keep us from the temptation to despair. We trust God with every aspect of life, and that is a choice we must be intentional about.

Friend, we need to take worry and lay it at the foot of the cross. Spend time in the Bible. Memorize some of God’s promises. Speak them over your life. Yes, we do believe, and we have no reason to be troubled.

Precious Father, forgive us for our lack of trust when we worry. Wipe apprehension out of our lives. Help us trust You completely, knowing that You only want what is good for us. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Matthew 6:25-34.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What causes you to worry? As you read your Bible, search for verses that bring you peace and memorize them. The next time you begin to worry, recall these verses and pray. Here are a few good ones: Ps. 9:10, Ps. 18:2, Ps. 18:30, Ps. 37:5, Ps. 56:3-4, Prov. 3:5, John 14:27, Rom. 8:28, 2 Cor. 12:9, Phil. 4:13, Phil. 4:19, 2 Tim. 1:7, Heb. 13:5.

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Has Your Idenity Been Stolen

HAS YOUR IDENITY BEEN STOLEN

By Carolyn Dale Newell

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

Ephesians 1:4 NKJV

Who are you? If your answer is related to your position or your possessions, it is incorrect. If it is connected to your accomplishments, appearance, kids, or career, it is wrong. Who I am is defined by the I AM.

In Ephesians chapter one, we read that we were made accepted in the beloved. Our focus verse shows God chose us because He loved us. Therefore, we are the accepted, beloved, and chosen daughters of the King.

I recently discovered I had an acceptance issue. God woke me up one night and took me back to my childhood. My parents were the greatest, but not outwardly affectionate. As a visually impaired kid in school, kids teased me dreadfully. High school brought few friends but no dates.

At age seventeen, I found acceptance with the party crowd. That is who I identified with. After marriage, a child, and a divorce, I walked away from the party life. Even though I did not know God then, I credit Him for removing me from that mess.

 

When God saved me, I never identified myself as being accepted by Him. Truthfully, most of us cannot grasp God’s acceptance and love. We don’t understand it. We take it for granted. We doubt it.

It isn’t that our identity has really been stolen, but most of us never had it to begin with. Symptoms of a stolen identity appear as we derive our happiness from other sources than God. Things like food, clothes, money, homes, and careers. We do that when we don’t realize we are not genuinely craving our pleasure. We are craving God. That is why the satisfaction is short lived. Only God can satisfy those longings. Not chocolate. Not big bank accounts. Not a new wardrobe. Not pizza. Not a title.

And that is exactly where our enemy, Satan, wants us to be. When he can deceive us into not feeling like the accepted, beloved, and chosen daughter of God, he has stolen our power and authority.

Our feelings, like our enemy lie. Who I am is not defined by my feelings. Who I am is defined by the I AM.

Our identity isn’t found in our cabinets or closets. It is found in Jesus Christ.

 

Now that we know the truth, we can walk with our heads held high. We will no longer feel insecure. We will no longer be enslaved to the number on the scales or the number on our bank accounts. We are royalty. Now, we can answer the question correctly. look into a mirror. Who are you? “I am the accepted, beloved, and chosen daughter of the King.”

Heavenly Father, Thank You for making me acceptable and choosing to love me. Help me defeat the enemy by walking in my true identity in Christ. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Ephesians 1:3-14.

HIKING THE TRAIL

When feelings of worthlessness arise, read God’s love letter to you. Spend time with the truth of Jesus Christ, not the lies of hell.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

HAS YOUR IDENITY BEEN STOLEN

By Carolyn Dale Newell

just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

Ephesians 1:4 NKJV

Who are you? If your answer is related to your position or your possessions, it is incorrect. If it is connected to your accomplishments, appearance, kids, or career, it is wrong. Who I am is defined by the I AM.

In Ephesians chapter one, we read that we were made accepted in the beloved. Our focus verse shows God chose us because He loved us. Therefore, we are the accepted, beloved, and chosen daughters of the King.

I recently discovered I had an acceptance issue. God woke me up one night and took me back to my childhood. My parents were the greatest, but not outwardly affectionate. As a visually impaired kid in school, kids teased me dreadfully. High school brought few friends but no dates.

At age seventeen, I found acceptance with the party crowd. That is who I identified with. After marriage, a child, and a divorce, I walked away from the party life. Even though I did not know God then, I credit Him for removing me from that mess.

 

When God saved me, I never identified myself as being accepted by Him. Truthfully, most of us cannot grasp God’s acceptance and love. We don’t understand it. We take it for granted. We doubt it.

It isn’t that our identity has really been stolen, but most of us never had it to begin with. Symptoms of a stolen identity appear as we derive our happiness from other sources than God. Things like food, clothes, money, homes, and careers. We do that when we don’t realize we are not genuinely craving our pleasure. We are craving God. That is why the satisfaction is short lived. Only God can satisfy those longings. Not chocolate. Not big bank accounts. Not a new wardrobe. Not pizza. Not a title.

And that is exactly where our enemy, Satan, wants us to be. When he can deceive us into not feeling like the accepted, beloved, and chosen daughter of God, he has stolen our power and authority.

Our feelings, like our enemy lie. Who I am is not defined by my feelings. Who I am is defined by the I AM.

Our identity isn’t found in our cabinets or closets. It is found in Jesus Christ.

 

Now that we know the truth, we can walk with our heads held high. We will no longer feel insecure. We will no longer be enslaved to the number on the scales or the number on our bank accounts. We are royalty. Now, we can answer the question correctly. look into a mirror. Who are you? “I am the accepted, beloved, and chosen daughter of the King.”

Heavenly Father, Thank You for making me acceptable and choosing to love me. Help me defeat the enemy by walking in my true identity in Christ. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Ephesians 1:3-14.

HIKING THE TRAIL

When feelings of worthlessness arise, read God’s love letter to you. Spend time with the truth of Jesus Christ, not the lies of hell.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.