Memorize: Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are you not much better than they? Matthew 6:25&26
Devotional Reading: Matthew 6:25 – 34
As we start a new week, and gradually approach the end of the year 2021, do not entertain fear or worry over uncertainties, especially these last 3 months of the year. There is a song that says – “The God of the mountain is the same God in the valley”. If God by his mercy has kept you from the beginning of the year to the 10th month of 2021, why would He not protect and preserve you in the last 3 months of the year. I pray that God will help you overcome fears and worry and enable you find “peace in an anxious world in Jesus name,”. Jesus was teaching the people during his sermon on the mount about the need to see God as our all sufficiency, he made reference to the fowls of the air, how that they do not sow, reap or gather into barns, yet our Father in heaven feeds them, cloths them, protects them and takes care of them to such an extent that they do not lack, he went on further to say, how much more will God take adequate care of us who are more valuable to Him than the sparrows.
Many people have developed all forms of bad health sicknesses and deaseses due to anxiety and panic bourne out of worriness. Many people have allowed fear to penetrate them especially when they are faced with challenges or uncertainties. Some will say, “I don’t know what to do, I just can’t stop worrying”. You should know what to do, “Trust God, pray and believe in his word”, He said you should not worry, then you must stop worrying. You must not allow fear to dominate your mind, allow faith in God to reside in you. Many of us know how to trust man who is in power and position of authority, ‘because we can see him’ we believe them when they speak to us, even though most of them fail to honour their words, and let us down; But we struggle to believe God who is dependable, trustworthy and who cannot fail us ‘because we cannot see him’ that is not right. With man, some things may be impossible, BUT with God, all things are possible.
Jesus asked an all important question in verse 27 of Matthew 6; He said, which of you by worrying can add one year to his life? So why worry when it will not bring solution to the situation, rather it will make the situation become complex and complicated.
On December 28, 1900, The (Toronto) Daily Mail and Empire ran this headline: “Illness Slight, Worry Killed Him.” The story said: “James McIntosh, of 535 Talbot Avenue, Braddock, worried himself to death.
That is the opinion of his attending physician. McIntosh came to Braddock a year ago with his young wife, coming from London, Ontario.
On Christmas Eve, McIntosh was attacked with acute laryngitis, and he feared he would not get well, although Dr. G. E. Blair, who attended to him, told him there was no danger. But he worried continually, and in 48 hours was a corpse. His excessive worry is said to have affected his heart.”
You should know that God is in control, even though it may appear we’ve been defeated. What then shall we say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us, The Apostle Paul. Romans 8:31.
So make this a worry-free weekend. Trust God, He is bigger than your problems, He has solution to every situation and challenges in our lives. The next time the devil brings worriness to you, tell him “Your Father in heaven said you should not worry, because he is bigger than all those problems.
I pray that the Lord will give you the faith and courage to stop worrying even in the face of difficult situations and challenges. May the Lord send you help from zion in Jesus name.
Prayers point : Precious Jesus, please teach me how to pray and not to faint or worry in Jesus name.
Key Dose: Replace your Fear and Anxiety with Faith and Courage, PRAYER IS THE KEY!
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
In His Presence Christ Tabernacle