Don’t worry! Worry will try to rob you rather than help you. Worry will try to reduce you rather than grow you. Worry changes nothing!
Prayer is the real answer and the real solution as it has the power to change and transform! Seek first the kingdom of God and let God take care of the other stuff.
We read in today’s reading, it put this way:
25“This is why I tell you: do not be worried about the food and drink you need in order to stay alive, or about clothes for your body. After all, isn’t life worth more than food? And isn’t the body worth more than clothes? 26Look at the birds: they do not plant seeds, gather a harvest and put it in barns; yet your Father in heaven takes care of them! Aren’t you worth much more than birds? 27Can any of you live a bit longer by worrying about it?28“And why worry about clothes? Look how the wild flowers grow: they do not work or make clothes for themselves. 29 But I tell you that not even King Solomon with all his wealth had clothes as beautiful as one of these flowers. 30It is God who clothes the wild grass—grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven. Won’t he be all the more sure to clothe you? What little faith you have!31“So do not start worrying: ‘Where will my food come from? or my drink? or my clothes?’ 32(These are the things the pagans are always concerned about.) Your Father in heaven knows that you need all these things. 33Instead, be concerned above everything else with the Kingdom of God and with what he requires of you, and he will provide you with all these other things. 34So do not worry about tomorrow; it will have enough worries of its own. There is no need to add to the troubles each day brings.
– from Matthew 6
So today let’s try to live a day without fear and worry. Let’s not allow the devil’s lies to rob us of our hope and peace. Let’s encourage one another and lift each other up in prayer so that we can get through whatever comes our way with the joy of the Lord pouring out of us.
When we have a divine encounter with Jesus we are transformed. The old is gone and the new has come! We are new creations that God can use to change the world around us! Don’t be held back by lies, press forward with Jesus and be transformed so that you can help in the transformation of the world around you. God so loves the world that He gave His only Son that whosoever believes in Him would not perish, but would have everlasting, eternal life!
Saul in Jerusalem26Saul went to Jerusalem and tried to join the disciples. But they would not believe that he was a disciple, and they were all afraid of him. 27Then Barnabas came to his help and took him to the apostles. He explained to them how Saul had seen the Lord on the road and that the Lord had spoken to him. He also told them how boldly Saul had preached in the name of Jesus in Damascus. 28And so Saul stayed with them and went all over Jerusalem, preaching boldly in the name of the Lord. 29He also talked and disputed with the Greek-speaking Jews, but they tried to kill him. 30When the believers found out about this, they took Saul to Caesarea and sent him away to Tarsus.31And so it was that the church throughout Judea, Galilee, and Samaria had a time of peace. Through the help of the Holy Spirit it was strengthened and grew in numbers, as it lived in reverence for the Lord.
Peter in Lydda and Joppa32Peter traveled everywhere, and on one occasion he went to visit God’s people who lived in Lydda. 33There he met a man named Aeneas, who was paralyzed and had not been able to get out of bed for eight years. 34“Aeneas,” Peter said to him, “Jesus Christ makes you well. Get up and make your bed.” At once Aeneas got up. 35All the people living in Lydda and Sharon saw him, and they turned to the Lord.36In Joppa there was a woman named Tabitha, who was a believer. (Her name in Greek is Dorcas, meaning “a deer.”) She spent all her time doing good and helping the poor. 37At that time she got sick and died. Her body was washed and laid in a room upstairs. 38Joppa was not very far from Lydda, and when the believers in Joppa heard that Peter was in Lydda, they sent two men to him with the message, “Please hurry and come to us.” 39So Peter got ready and went with them. When he arrived, he was taken to the room upstairs, where all the widows crowded around him, crying and showing him all the shirts and coats that Dorcas had made while she was alive. 40Peter put them all out of the room, and knelt down and prayed; then he turned to the body and said, “Tabitha, get up!” She opened her eyes, and when she saw Peter, she sat up. 41Peter reached over and helped her get up. Then he called all the believers, including the widows, and presented her alive to them. 42The news about this spread all over Joppa, and many people believed in the Lord. 43Peter stayed on in Joppa for many days with a tanner of leather named Simon.
– from Acts 9
Will you go if you are asked to Go? Will you come if you are asked to Come? Will you stay if you are asked to Stay?
So are you ready? Do you need more confidence?
1Protect me, O God; I trust in you for safety.2I say to the Lord, “You are my Lord;all the good things I have come from you.”3How excellent are the Lord‘s faithful people!My greatest pleasure is to be with them.4Those who rush to other godsbring many troubles on themselves.I will not take part in their sacrifices;I will not worship their gods.5You, Lord, are all I have,and you give me all I need;my future is in your hands.6How wonderful are your gifts to me;how good they are!7I praise the Lord, because he guides me,and in the night my conscience warns me.8I am always aware of the Lord‘s presence;he is near, and nothing can shake me.9And so I am thankful and glad,and I feel completely secure,10 because you protect me from the power of death.I have served you faithfully,and you will not abandon me to the world of the dead.11 You will show me the path that leads to life;your presence fills me with joyand brings me pleasure forever.
– from Psalm 16
My prayer for today…
Lord grant me wisdom today I pray to speak truth, hope, and life into the lives of those around me. Help me Lord to point people to the truth so that just as Saul (aka Paul) was transformed in seeing the light, they will see the light and be transformed and begin following You. This day You have made, help me to not only rejoice in it, but to glorify You in and through it. Today grant me the confidence and the wisdom to go, to stay, to stay, to stand, to speak in ways that will point people to You and glorify You in and through it all in Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
Let LOVE run supreme. Let true LOVE shine through. Let LOVE transform.