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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, June 29, 2015
How many ill effects of worry are you experiencing? Here is the difference between worry and genuine concern–worry immobilizes, but concern moves you to action.
To “make the Kingdom of God your primary concern” means to put God first in your life, to fill your thoughts with his desires, to take his character for your pattern, and to serve and obey him in everything. What is really important to you? People, objects, goals, and other desires all compete for priority. Any of these can quickly bump God out of first place if you don’t actively choose to give him first place in every area of your life.
Planning for tomorrow is time well spent; worrying about tomorrow is time wasted. Sometimes it’s difficult to tell the difference. Careful planning is thinking ahead about goals, steps, and schedules, and trusting God’s guidance. When done well, planning can help alleviate worry. Worriers, by contrast, are consumed by fear and find it difficult to trust God. They let their plans interfere with their relationship with God. Don’t let worries about tomorrow affect your relationship with God today. (NLT)
Matthew 6:25-34 – [Jesus said] “So I tell you, don’t worry about everyday life-whether you have enough food, drink, and clothes. Doesn’t life consist of more than food and clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than they are. Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not.
“And why worry about your clothes? Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and gone tomorrow, won’t he more surely care for you? You have so little faith!
“So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and he will give you all you need from day to day if you live for him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.
“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. — Philippians 4:6 (NIV)
Linda M. Scarola (New York) titled her story “PERFECT PEACE;” here is a portion of Linda’s story:
“From time to time, each of us can fret and worry, anticipating the worst. However, some of us live in a constant state of anxiety, which can cause us to neglect our health, lose sleep, or become depressed — losing hope for better days.
“This isn’t what God wants for us. Jesus asked his listeners in Matthew 6:27, ‘Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?’ Jesus knew that worrying robs us of health, peace, joy, and the good that God desires for us.
“When I feel the waves of anxiety rise up in me, I immediately focus on the Lord’s peace and calm. I pour out my heart to God. The Bible gives me comfort and assurance that God is with me and knows my struggles. I am encouraged to keep trusting and hoping in God. How often must I do this? Every day! It is a continual process.
“Isaiah 26:3 says, ‘[God,] you will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.’ I am resolved to keep steadfast because I want that peace. Don’t we all?”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Keeping my focus on the Lord gives me clearer vision.
Prayer: God of compassion, help us to give you our cares and anxieties so we can find peace and rest for our souls. Thank you. Amen.
Prayer Focus: THOSE OVERWHELMED WITH ANXIETY
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