Infinite Understanding

Infinite Understanding

“Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit.” (Psalm 147:5, New International Version)

How great is God’s understanding Psalm 136:5 credits God’s understanding for creating the heavens, “Who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever.” (NIV) This God who imagined and then created the heavens also knows and understands us. He knows us because he created us. Genesis 1:27, “So God created man after his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female.” (NIV) Psalm 103:14, promises that God knows how we are made, “…for he knows how we are formed, he remembers that we are dust.” (NIV) God said, “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you …” Jeremiah 1:5. (NIV) Isn’t it wonderful to trust that God knows us and understands us? The wonderful, powerful, and all knowing God knows us intimately.
God knows our thoughts; he knows our hurts, and our joy. God knows us and he loves us
God loves us very much. Luke 12:7 says, “Indeed the very hairs on your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” (NIV)
Ephesians 3:17-19, “so that Christ, may dwell in your hearts through faith, and I pray that you being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.” (NIV) Sometimes it may feel like we are out here on our own, but Lamentations 3:32 assures us, “Though he brings grief, he will show compassion, so great is his unfailing love.” (NIV) This is how great God’s love is, according to John 3:1, “How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” (NIV) I suppose the final word on God’s love for us is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have ever lasting love.” (NIV)
God knows absolutely everything about us. There is nothing we could do to surprise him. And he loves us God loves us despite our propensity to wonder off on our own and sin. How wonderful to have a friend that is always there for us ready to respond with love. Which doesn’t necessarily mean that he is going to keep us from facing the consequences of our actions and choices. It does mean however that God is there with us giving us the strength and peace to handle whatever is in our lives.
I wish I could count the number of bad choices I’ve made, and I know that God was there with me through all the consequence of those choices. When I was younger God protected me as ran wild and defiant. Looking back I came through a life struggling with my parents and often being a runaway fairly unscathed. God was with me while I hitchhiked across country, and slept with strangers. Those days seemed so far away now. I survived, I didn’t thrive, but I knew God was with me and that he understood even if he didn’t bless me.
Currently, my husband John and I live with our daughter. This is a consequence of choices. Choices we both made and living with her is not ideal. God has given me reason to rejoice. As we turn toward God he is restoring us. My husband got his job back; after being fired for getting a DUI in front of his office. And although I haven’t been able to work because of serious pain from back surgery and fibromyalgia I am striving for improved health.
I’m glad God loves and understands me better than I understand myself. My goal now is to understand God.
God loves and understands us, but to build a relationship with God requires us to understand Him.

Do I Trust God (continued)

I just waited for my life to hit solid ground also known as, “rock bottom”. Once there I realized, first that self-pity is not productive. Proverbs 15:13, sets the truth of self-pity right, “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” (NIV) So, self-pity was wasting my time, and I wanted a happy heart. I began to ask myself, how could I get my life back? How could I get God’s blessing? The Lord blesses the righteous. Proverbs 3:33, “The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.” (NIV) So, I needed God’s blessing.
What did I need to clean up in order to be blessed? I learned the answers in the book of Proverbs. I was full of bitterness. I was angry with God for the situation I found myself in. I was physically ill, in debt beyond what I could afford, and I being a homeless person was a possibility. To be honest none of that was God’s fault, but I was still angry and nursing my anger. Here is what I learned about being angry, “Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice.” (Ephesians 4:31, NIV) Easier said than done was my reaction. I was raised in a home whose motto was feelings aren’t good or bad they just are. I feel the way I feel and I can’t help it. Until I read 2 Corinthians 10:4-5,
The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought and make it obedient to Christ. (NIV)
So, a new thought for me, just because I felt it didn’t mean that it was good or ok or should remain unchecked and unchallenged. It is wrong, and immature to stay mad at God, and the anger didn’t serve me well. The message I took was “get over it.”
Not only was I angry there were other issues. I lacked self-discipline of any kind, I used my chronic pain not to do anything but sit on the couch and watch TV. Repeat episodes of Bones and Castle filled my day. Getting over my anger was first, but second was getting it together and getting off the couch so to speak. Proverbs 25:28, “Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self-control.” (NIV) Galatians 5:22-23, But the fruit of the spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.” (NIV) I don’t necessarily believe that those are in order of importance. And to top it off, 2 Timothy 1:7, points out clearly that “God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.” (NIV) I know that on my own power I was not going to be able to do anything about my couch potato status. So I prayed and I prayed using the actual word of God to back me up. Essentially I got on my knees and reminded God that self-discipline was a gift of God, and every day that I fail to get of the couch the next day I start over praying God’s word. I also began asking God to relieve my pain. Usually it works.
In case you don’t get it I feel I need to expound. My lack of self-discipline is also, lazy and God is crystal clear about laziness. Generally Proverbs 31:10-31 is an example of an industrious, not lazy wife. I was not that, but God is emphatic. 2 Thessalonians 3:12 compels us to, “Such people we command and urge in the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and the bread they eat.” Remember I worried about homelessness and getting my food from the food bank. And if that was not enough to convince me to make a change, Proverbs 15:19 warns that, “The way of the sluggard is blocked with thorns, but the path of the upright is a highway.” (NIV) God really wants to move me in this and so Titus 3:14 just knocks it home, “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order that they may provide for daily necessities and not live unproductive lives.” (NIV) I can take a hint. I am now doing what I can do on my own and with prayer I trust God to help me do what I can’t do on my own.
I am still pretty new to the idea of praying and trusting God for my absolute and every need. So far, things are improving quickly. Although I shouldn’t be surprised I am. And generally speaking my heart overflows with gratitude and amazement at God’s faithfulness. He is helping me to get some control over my health and my day. Every day I ask God to order my day and to give me the strength and focus to accomplish what He has for me. I surrender to His plan knowing that there is joy waiting for me as I fulfill God’s plan for me.
Before I close I should answer Beth Moore’s questions. First, Do we just want the cross without the resurrection? My answer is yes sometimes. Sometimes, I get weary and I just can’t make one more change in my life even if it is at the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
Second, are we trying to stuff the living and working Christ back into the tomb so He’ll save us and then just leave us alone? I am absolutely awe struck and overwhelmed with gratitude that God sent His Son to die on the cross. The thing that is convicting is the fact that He would have done that if I were the only human on earth. But, giving your life to Christ is a huge commitment and I am guilty of not wanting God to move in my life. Sometimes I’m like Jonah. Third, do we want to know ‘the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings’? Ultimately I’m an in for a penny in for a pound girl. I really do want God to control my life. I know that his way is the smooth and safe way, even if, it doesn’t seem that way at first. So Beth Moore had some great questions. These questions have caused me to think and confirm what level of God I truly want. I want the whole thing.

Love and joy,

Billie

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Corrected Do I Trust God

I made a mistake on my posting yesterday I gave to wrong reference for the verse below is the corrected reference.

FYI I am changing my edit process to improve the quality of my posts.

“…For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 (New International Version)

Beth Moore (1984), asks a great question in her book, To Live is Christ:Embracing the Passion of Paul, her question is actually three questions, “Do we just want the cross without the resurrection? Are we trying to stuff the living and working Christ back into the tomb so He’ll save us and then just leave us alone? Or do we want to know ‘the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings’?” (p. 34).

It struck me that living without allowing Christ full access to my life was really just stuffing him back into the grave, and he rose to give me the power of the Holy Spirit. I wondered, why I limit him to just his death? This led me to an even bigger question; do I trust God to be good to me? Recently I have struggled with health, and finances, I have even struggled to find a place to live. My recent past has been a painful struggle, and if God put me through that can I trust him?

Clearly, we are told to trust in the Lord. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight. (NIV) If God will make my way straight how could I be in the mess I was in? Do I trust God? Is God’s power enough to care for me? Is God unfaithful to his word? And, the scariest question of all, does God love me enough to care for me?
Jeremiah 32:17, “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.” (NIV) And Jeremiah 32:26-27 says, “Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: ‘I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” NIV. Clearly the problem isn’t God’s power.

Ok, could the problem be that God is not faithful, I don’t really think that’s the problem, but let’s look and see. I need reassurance. Deuteronomy 7:9 tells it like it is, God is Faithful, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.” (NIV) And Psalm 33:4 assures that, “For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” (NIV) Lamentations 3:22-23, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”(NIV)

I think now I need to answer the BIG ELEPHANT in the room question. The hard question with the possible devastating answer; does God love me enough? 1 Chronicles 16:34, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” (NIV) Nehemiah 9:17, “They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them.” (NIV) David knew about God’s love and asks, “Turn O Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.” (Psalm 6:4, NIV) And, Psalm 36:5 “Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” (NIV) So, that settles that, the problem is not God’s power, or His faithfulness, or His love for me.

I have to ask myself do I trust God? The answer was that In all honesty, I had stopped asking God for help. I had made so many mistakes. Why would God help me? And maybe when my life started to spiral I blamed God and spent a lot of time feeling sorry for myself. I didn’t trust him to provide good things for me.

I just waited for my life to hit solid ground also known as, “rock bottom”. Once there I realized, first that self-pity is not productive. Proverbs 15:13, sets the truth of self-pity right, “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” (NIV) So, self-pity was wasting my time, and I wanted a happy heart. I began to ask myself, how could I get my life back? How could I get God’s blessing? The Lord blesses the righteous. Proverbs 3:33, “The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.” (NIV) So, I needed God’s blessing.

Love and Joy
Billie

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Do I Trust God

“…For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Leviticus 29:11 (New International Version)

Beth Moore (1984), asks a great question in her book, To Live is Christ:Embracing the Passion of Paul, her question is actually three questions, “Do we just want the cross without the resurrection? Are we trying to stuff the living and working Christ back into the tomb so He’ll save us and then just leave us alone? Or do we want to know ‘the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings’?” (p. 34).

It struck me that living without allowing Christ full access to my life was really just stuffing him back into the grave, and he rose to give me the power of the Holy Spirit. I wondered, why I limit him to just his death? This led me to an even bigger question; do I trust God to be good to me? Recently I have struggled with health, and finances, I have even struggled to find a place to live. My recent past has been a painful struggle, and if God put me through that can I trust him?

Clearly, we are told to trust in the Lord. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge him, and he will make your path straight. (NIV) If God will make my way straight how could I be in the mess I was in? Do I trust God? Is God’s power enough to care for me? Is God unfaithful to his word? And, the scariest question of all, does God love me enough to care for me?
Jeremiah 32:17, “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.” (NIV) And Jeremiah 32:26-27 says, “Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah: ‘I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?” NIV. Clearly the problem isn’t God’s power.

Ok, could the problem be that God is not faithful, I don’t really think that’s the problem, but let’s look and see. I need reassurance. Deuteronomy 7:9 tells it like it is, God is Faithful, “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God, keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commands.” (NIV) And Psalm 33:4 assures that, “For the word of the Lord is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.” (NIV) Lamentations 3:22-23, “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”(NIV)

I think now I need to answer the BIG ELEPHANT in the room question. The hard question with the possible devastating answer; does God love me enough? 1 Chronicles 16:34, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.” (NIV) Nehemiah 9:17, “They refused to listen and failed to remember the miracles you performed among them. They became stiff-necked and in their rebellion appointed a leader in order to return to their slavery. But you are a forgiving God, gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love. Therefore you did not desert them.” (NIV) David knew about God’s love and asks, “Turn O Lord, and deliver me; save me because of your unfailing love.” (Psalm 6:4, NIV) And, Psalm 36:5 “Your love, O Lord, reaches to the heavens, your faithfulness to the skies.” (NIV) So, that settles that, the problem is not God’s power, or His faithfulness, or His love for me.

I have to ask myself do I trust God? The answer was that In all honesty, I had stopped asking God for help. I had made so many mistakes. Why would God help me? And maybe when my life started to spiral I blamed God and spent a lot of time feeling sorry for myself. I didn’t trust him to provide good things for me.

I just waited for my life to hit solid ground also known as, “rock bottom”. Once there I realized, first that self-pity is not productive. Proverbs 15:13, sets the truth of self-pity right, “A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit.” (NIV) So, self-pity was wasting my time, and I wanted a happy heart. I began to ask myself, how could I get my life back? How could I get God’s blessing? The Lord blesses the righteous. Proverbs 3:33, “The Lord’s curse is on the house of the wicked, but he blesses the home of the righteous.” (NIV) So, I needed God’s blessing.

Love and Joy
Billie

P.S. I’ll send you the rest of the story tomorrow and don’t forget to let me know what you think. Also, if you find this helpful or interesting please share it with others you know.

Holiness Untangled

“Speak to the entire assembly of Israel and say to them: ‘Be Holy because I, the Lord your God, am Holy” Leviticus 19:2 (New International Version.)

Be Holy. What a thought. I mean that’s a pretty big directive. Leaves me wondering exactly what that means, and how would I accomplish being holy? I have spent the better part of two months thinking about this. I have prayed about it, and truly wrestled with the suggestion that I should be holy that anybody should be holy.

1 Peter 1: 15-16 says, “But just as he who has called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘be holy because I am holy.” First thing to recognize is that we are “called” chosen and set aside by God. Also, Leviticus 11:44 says, “I am the Lord your God; consecrate yourselves and be holy, because I am holy…” God asks us to consecrate ourselves, to set ourselves apart for sacred purposes. I just can’t imagine God choosing me for a sacred purpose. It’s an overwhelming thought. God loves me and thinks that I am special enough to have a sacred purpose.

The other thought that has absorbed me is, I am not holy I am a sinner. I am a sinner and I just don’t see how to get from sinner to holy. It’s a huge leap. I love God but I am a spiritual screw up, a hot mess. I am proud and selfish, I have a hard time accepting criticism, I’m impatient, and I get angry and vindictive. But God loves me anyway and has chosen me, and is asking me to become holy. That’s a tall order. To go from hot sinning mess to holy.

But, God sent his son to die for my sins; to forgive me for falling short, and he sent his inspired word to give me directions, and the Holy Spirit to guide me and protect me and to hold me up when I fall short, so I can stand up and start again. I can’t be holy on my own. We can’t be holy on our own. 1 Corinthians 15:3, “For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for your sins according to the scriptures…” And in Isaiah 53:5, “ But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.” Jesus died, I’m forgiven, and I am sanctified through God’s sacrifice.

Maybe being “holy” and being “sin free” are separate issues, God chose the Israelites to be a holy people, but he also prepared for them the ability to repent for their sin. Maybe our ability to be holy is a measure of our desire to be “Christ like” not our ability to be without sin. If God thought we could in anyway be without sin he wouldn’t have sent His Son. Our reaction to that sacrifice is our holiness or un-holiness. In fact maybe it is our desire to be Christ like along with the sacrifice of Christ on the cross that becomes our holiness.

Bending our will to the leading of the Holy Spirit and the example of Jesus Christ this is second to our accepting Christ as our savior. Our believing that Christ was the Son of God who was born by the Virgin Mary and that Jesus Christ being without sin died on a cross was buried and he arose from the dead this is first and most important. Isaiah 64:6 says, “All of us have become like one who is unclean, and all our righteous acts are like filthy rags; we all shrivel up like a leaf, and like the wind our sins sweep us away.” So, you can’t be holy by acting like Jesus alone. On our own we are alienated from God. “Once you were alienated from God and were enemies in your minds because of your evil behavior. But now he has reconciled you by Christ’s physical body through death to present you holy in his sight, without blemish and free from accusation” (Colossians 1:21-22.) Also, Titus 3:4-7 says, “When the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.”

Jesus saved us through grace and then we Christians are called to imitate God. Ephesians 4:22-24, “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
So going the long way around I think I’ve got it nailed down. After we are saved through Christ we are filled with the Holy Spirit and that will cause a change in our lives that makes us holy. This has been an interesting and challenging thought. Recently I have experienced the change caused by the generous pouring out of the leading of the Holy Spirit.

The more I learn about Christ and pray for the leading of the Holy Spirit the better life choices I make, The more I trust God and the more I can see his magnificence. I am not holy on my own, but through the Holy Spirit and with God’s grace I am experiencing all that God has planned for me.

Peace and joy,
Billie

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It’s Not Chaos There’s A Plan

It’s Not Chaos There’s A Plan

He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, He has also set eternity in the hearts of men; yet they cannot fathom what God has done from beginning to end. I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live.
Ecclesiastes 3:11-12

We cannot understand God’s plan or His full power; our minds, as wonderful as our minds are we cannot grasp is all. We may grasp like little children grasping for a parents hand. We may grasp at it all, but God put us together with limitations. There are scientists that dedicate their lives to understanding the oceans and the sky, and as much as they learn they will never understand all there is to know, because our minds are limited and God is limitless. No one will ever know it all. No one will ever know all there is to know in his or her fields of study. What’s more we will never be satisfied. We can fill our hearts, our minds, and our time with trying, but we will never be satisfied outside of Christ. There will be a hunger that can’t be filled.
Job 11:7-9, “Can you fathom the mysteries of God? Can you probe the limits of the almighty? They are higher than the heavens-what can you do? They are deeper than the depths of the grave-what can you know? Their measure is longer than the earth and wider than the sea.” God’s plan is forever and we don’t understand it because we only see the history and the present. Ecclesiastes 8:16-17, “When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe man’s labor on earth-his eyes not seeing sleep day or night-then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all his efforts to search it out, man cannot discover its meaning. Even if a wise man claims he knows, he cannot really comprehend it,” So, it may look like there is no plan, but God plays the long game and he has a plan.
So what is going on when people are hurting and there is war? What’s the plan? Job: 28:20-23, “Where then does wisdom come from? Where does understanding dwell? It is hidden from the eyes of every living thing, concealed even from the birds of the air. Death and destruction say only a rumor of it has reached our ears. God understands the way to it and He alone knows where it dwells for He views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens.” The world may seem like it’s spinning completely out of control, and it is out of our control, but God’s got His eye on the ball. He knows what’s going on, and He is in control. And God’s wisdom is perfect. No mistakes. God is not capricious or evil. God has a plan and it’s a good plan. So when its scary remember God has a plan. Romans 11:33-36, “Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out! Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor? Who has given to God, that God should repay him? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen.”
For those of us who hate surprises and want the answers to all the big questions. It needs to be enough to know that we don’t know and that we don’t need to know all the answers. Our job here on earth is to notice the intricate beauty when we see it. Psalm 27:4-6, “One thing I ask of the Lord, this is what I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple. For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his tabernacle and set me high upon the rock. Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his tabernacle will I sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the Lord.
All that is left for us to do is praise God, “ Psalm 29:1-11, “ Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength. Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness. The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters, the voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic. The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord breaks in pieces the cedars in Lebanon. He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox. The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh. The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forest bare and in his temple all cry, ‘Glory!’ The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever. The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses his people with peace.
God is powerfully working the plan and we need to recognize it for what it is and praise God. It is God’s will that we praise his name. 1st Thessalonians 5:16-18, “Be joyful always, pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:4-9, “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right whatever is pure, whatever is lovely whatever is admirable if anything is excellent or praiseworthy think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” If you don’t understand it and you can’t change it put it in God’s hands trust God’s plan and praise Him.
Peace and joy,
Billie

Worry It Doesn’t Help

Do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble

Matthew 6:34

According to Valerie Frankel and Ginger Kolbaba worry causes hormone imbalance, cortozol increase, impairs decision making, disrupts sleep, causes tension headaches, hypertension, diarrhea, vomiting, sweating, irritability, poor memory, insomnia, and obsessive compulsive disorders. And if, you’re worrying you can’t enjoy God’s blessing for the present moment. It robs you. Worrying is serious stuff and Jesus cautions against it, Luke 12:22, “Then I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear.” He says that because He has it under control. He has a perfect plan and his plan will be accomplished. Matthew 6:25-27 elaborates, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?”

Instead of worrying, God wants us to be still and recognize that He is working His plan, Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Instead of worry exalt God. Sometimes I get worked up and worry that I am going to get in the way, and mess up God’s plan. I worry that I’m not going to be ready to be part of God’s plan. So I need to remind my self that God’s plan will be accomplished no matter what, and not worrying is exactly what God requires.

Proverbs 22:17 promises a benefit for not worrying, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” You can’t worry and have a cheerful heart at the same time. So, Philippians 3:4-10 sets up the “how to” of it, “Rejoice in the Lord always, I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present you requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, if anything is excellent or praiseworthy, think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me, put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.” So, get the peace through thinking good thoughts and practicing what the Bible teaches. “Cast all your anxieties on Him because he cares for you,” 1st Peter 5:7. God gives us a way out of worry and anxiety. And that is worth praising God.

In any case, “Therefore we do not loose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal,” 2nd Corinthians 5:16-18. The Bible doesn’t suggest that there are no troubles, or that the troubles we have are inconsequential. Instead it says that considering our eternity with God, reminds us that our troubles are temporary diminishing the power of the worry.

Trusting that God loves us has its own rewards, Psalm 34:4-10, “I sought the Lord, and he answered me; he delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant: their faces are never covered with shame. This poor man called, and the Lord heard him; he saved him out of all his troubles. The angle of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and He delivers them. Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him. Fear the Lord you saints, for those who fear Him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.” God cares for those who put their trust in him, and he won’t disappoint. Psalm 55:22, “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.” And “When I am afraid, I will trust in you. In God, whose word I praise, I God, whose word I trust; I will not be afraid. What can mortal man do to me,” Psalm 56:3-4.

Trust God there is no other choice. No other choice. Not one. “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, The Lord is my strength and has become my salvation,” Isaiah 12:2-3. Because, Isaiah 42:16-17 promises, “I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them. But those who trust in idols, who say to images ‘you are our gods’ will be turned back in utter shame.” God demands that we trust him, and that not trusting him prolongs our suffering and worry. But, Isaiah 40:31 has a promise also, “but those hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

God acknowledges our needs and our fear and then he provides a way out and then her rewards those that follow his instructions. Worry is just not worth the effort. I want to enjoy my time with God, I want to be healthy, and I want to reap God’s rewards. It just makes good sense, so what do you think can you “be happy don’t worry?”

Peace in Christ,

Billie

Frankel, Valarie. “When Worry Keeps You Up At Night,” Self April 2013: 146. General OneFile. Web 7 Jan. 2014

Kolbaba, Ginger. “Winning Over Worry:[5 strategies to stop fretting].” Today’s Christian Woman May-June 2008:54+. General OneFile 7 January 2014.

 

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