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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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Throwback Thursday: Don’t Worry, God Will Provide

DON’T WORRY, GOD WILL PROVIDE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”

Genesis 22:14 NKJV

God tested Abraham when He commanded Abraham to sacrifice Isaac, his only son (Gen. 22:1-2). Like most trials, this one did not make sense. God had never required a human sacrifice. It was in direct contrast to His nature. Why would God take Abraham’s son of old age, especially when He had promised to make Abraham the father of many nations?

God tests us so we can learn to trust Him. Abraham passed the test. Not once during the three day journey to the place of sacrifice did he question God. Abraham knew God as Jehovah Jireh, “The-Lord-Will-Provide”. Abraham believed God would resurrect Isaac, even though he had never seen a resurrection (Heb. 11:17-19). Abraham even told his servants that they would both return from the mountain. When Isaac asked his father where the sacrificial lamb was, Abraham responded by assuring Isaac, and himself, that God would provide

At the very last moment, as Abraham raised the knife to slay his son, God stopped him. God did exactly what Abraham had told Isaac. He provided a ram for sacrifice.

Abraham passed the test. He was obedient, at all cost, even to the point of sacrificing his son. God blessed Abraham’s obedience by promising him descendants more numerous than the stars (Gen. 22:18).Obedience always precedes blessing.

Christians go through many tests. Like Abraham, we must be obedient at all cost. God is still Jehovah Jireh. He will provide! When the checking account falls short, Jehovah Jireh will provide. When you are forced to choose between paying bills and purchasing food, Jehovah Jireh will provide. When you face insurmountable medical costs, Jehovah Jireh will provide. He may not move the mountain, but Jehovah Jireh will provide, just as He provided for Abraham.

We have no need to worry. We have God’s promise: “And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:19).

Our Father, we all worry. Help us to have faith like Abraham – a faith that trusts You completely. Thank You, Jehovah Jireh, for always providing exactly what we need. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read the entire passage in Genesis 22: 1-19.

HIKING THE TRAIL

What things do you have trouble trusting God to provide for you? Pray for God to give you peace and ask Him to fuel your faith in Him.

 

Copyright 2016 Carolyn Dale Newell.