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I was talking recently with a close friend. Some very difficult things have happened to her. She was describing a series of painful experiences, and how she had become very discouraged, doing a lot of worrying, brooding, floundering. She couldn’t get traction in life. Life wasn’t working. She felt swept away with the tension and confusion. She was seeking God, but couldn’t seem to find Him.

Then, like a bolt of lightning, the thought came into her mind, “Your father…is God. Your father is God.” She described how her worries changed. They didn’t go away: the child with a disability, the husband with financial problems, uncertainties about her health, uncertainties and conflicts in other parts of her extended family life, miserable things from her past. But the promise weighed more: “Your father…is God.”

That supreme and simple promise came in and rearranged the furniture of her mind, of how she saw life and what she lived for. It drained the life out of worrying. Think about that. You can say, “My father is God. He is more than willing to give me His kingdom. It is His pleasure. He chooses gladly to love me.”

~David Powlison in “Don’t Worry,” Journal of Biblical Counseling

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Winning the War Against Worry

“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow.
It empties today of its strength.”
Corrie Ten Boom
Are you too busy worrying about tomorrow to enjoy what God has done for you today? Elyse Fitzpatrick offers some wise counsel to the worrywarts among us… 
Learn more about this topic in Elyse’s book Overcoming Fear, Worry, and Anxiety.

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Ask yourself a couple of questions: Whom do I belong to? Whose name do I bear? As Christians, we are to live consistently with who we are. I remember as a boy getting caught doing something wrong and having a deacon at my father’s church say to me, “Don’t you know who your father is? [He was the pastor.] How can you act like that?” That has stuck in my mind as a spiritual truth. It helps me resolve not to conduct myself in any way that might cause someone to say, “Don’t you know who your Heavenly Father is? How can you act like that?” Keep that in mind the next time you’re tempted to become anxious or complain. Hold your head up high and realize that God has destined you for something better.

Paul explained that we reflect God’s nature to “prove [ourselves] to be…children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom [we] appear as lights in the world, holding fast the word of life” (Phil. 2:15-16). How we live has a dramatic effect not only on whether we’re consistent with who we are as children of God, but also on how we affect the world
around us.

~John MacArthur in Anxiety Attacked

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Be a Birdbrain–Don’t Worry!

“…do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”

Matthew 6:31

Encouraging thoughts from John MacArthur on our Heavenly Father’s loving care for us:

In Matthew 6:26 Jesus says, “Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?” I can imagine the Lord standing on a hillside up in Galilee looking over the beautiful north end of the sea, the breeze rippling across the water, the sun bright in the sky. Since that part of the Sea of Galilee was known as a crossroads of bird migration, perhaps Jesus saw a flock fly by as He spoke.

He wants us to think about birds. Here’s one observation: Birds don’t get together and say, “We’ve got to come up with a strategy to keep ourselves alive.” They have no self-consciousness or ability to reason. But God has planted within them the instinct or divine capacity to find what is necessary to live. God doesn’t just create life; He also sustains life…

Birds don’t worry about where they are going to find food; they just go about their business until they find it, and they always do because God is looking out for them. Birds have no reason to worry, and if they don’t, what are you worrying for? Jesus put it this way: “Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows” (Matt. 10:29-31).

Are you not much better than a bird? No bird was ever created in the image of God, no bird was ever designed to be a joint-heir with Jesus Christ, no bird was ever prepared a place in heaven in the Father’s house. If God sustains the life of a bird, don’t you think He will take care of you? Life is a gift from God. If God gives you the greater gift of life itself, don’t you think He will give you the lesser gift of sustaining that life? Of course He will, so don’t worry about it.

[Anxiety Attacked, pp.19-20]

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Divine Travel Tips

“Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”

Psalm 37:5

The most relaxing way to travel is with your eyes closed. Whether I’m riding in a car or a plane, I find that I do my best traveling while asleep. My husband and I enjoy making a little road trip together every once in a while, and we have agreed upon the perfect traveling arrangement—he does the driving; I do the sleeping. He’s a good driver, so I have little problem drifting off into dreamland when he’s behind the wheel…most of the time anyway.

You see, sometimes I rouse from my slumber to find that I’m not the only one who’s sleepy. Somehow, the sight of my husband driving with half-closed eyes does wonders for my energy levels. Suddenly, I’m alert, awake, and jumping into action. I turn up the air. I massage his neck. I pinch his arm. I offer to drive. I suggest stopping at Starbucks (ok, maybe I do that regardless of my husband’s condition). I scramble to think of things to talk about. In short, I do whatever it takes to keep our car on the road and headed in the right direction. Of course, I’d rather be resting, but I’ve found that when faced with the options of losing sleep or losing my life; I’ll take Option A every time.

I think there are many times when we as Christians handle our lives in much the same way as I react when I discover that my husband needs help staying awake in the car. Instead of resting in our Lord’s ability to skillfully guide us to our destination in this journey we call life, we view our circumstances as though He were actually half-asleep at the wheel. We feel a little bump in the road and warn, “Lord, did you see that? You need to watch out for those!” A slight sway catches us off guard and we gasp, “God, are you awake?” In response to an unexpected turn, we shout, “This is the wrong way! Here, let me show you how to get there.” Our fear of being taken to places we’d never want to go keeps us wide awake, watching, checking, calculating, and scheming of ways to ensure that our journey goes exactly as we had planned.

Although such actions may be entirely appropriate and necessary when traveling with another human being, they are completely out of place in our journey with the Lord. We seem either to forget or ignore the fact that we serve a God who neither slumbers nor sleeps (Ps. 121:4). He doesn’t look away from the road, take wrong turns, or lose sight of the destination. He is never at any moment in our lives anything less than perfectly good and absolutely sovereign. Not only does He drive our vehicle, but He also designs the roads and decides who we’ll meet along the way. There is no pothole, speedbump, or traffic jam that does not serve a purpose in His ultimate plan for us.

Some people believe they pay tribute to the Lord by attaching a sticker to their car which reads, “God is my co-pilot.” Let’s just set things straight here, shall we? God has revealed His character through many different names, and co-pilot isn’t one of them. He is the only One behind the wheel, and the only One worth trusting in the driver’s seat. We are the passengers, not co-pilots, not navigators, not travel consultants, but passengers—the safe, loved, and privileged passengers. So why in the world are we wasting time worrying when we could be resting?

Trust in God; it’s the only way to travel.  

“In peace I will both lie down and sleep,
For You alone, O LORD, make me to dwell in safety.”

Psalm 4:8

 

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Trusting God, Tackling Anxiety

“I have set the LORD always before me;
   because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken.”

Psalm 16:8

Praise the Lord for answered prayer! Yesterday, Matt Chandler, pastor of the Village Church in Texas, provided an update about his battle against brain cancer which contained truly good news. He also shared some excellent thoughts on the issue of anxiety. Hmm…two posts in one day on the topic of trusting God..does somebody out there need this message?  :)

Related Post: Dropping the Weight of Worry

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