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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, May 3, 2016
Today’s scripture reading:
Because of the ill effects of worry, Jesus tells us not to worry about those needs that God promises to supply. Worry may (1) damage your health; (2) disrupt your productivity, (3) negatively affect the way you treat others, and (4) reduce your ability to trust in God. 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. (NLT)
Matthew 6:25-33 – [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.
Øystein Brinch’s (Oslo, Norway) story is titled “COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS;” here is a portion of Øystein’s story:
“. . . Life can seem like my journey along that forest path. As we hurry along the roads of life, we occasionally stop to enjoy the blessings that God bestows on us before we hurry on again. But when we stop hurrying and make an effort to search for God’s blessings, God can open our eyes to see even more blessings and love.
“The busyness of life sometimes distracts us from seeing the love of God clearly. But when we stop to spend time in prayer and meditation, God reveals far beyond what we may see at first glance.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God offers blessings beyond what we can see or imagine.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for loving us with an everlasting love. Keep us close to you even when we are not able to see your blessings. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE STRUGGLING WITH DEPRESSION
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