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Don’t Give Up

2 Corinthians 4:16-18

For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

When trouble shows up in our lives, it is sometimes accompanied by pain that feels unbearable. When we are suffering, it helps to remember that the pain we experience in this world does not last always. Although we will experience discomfort and discouragement in this life, God’s Word promises that at the proper time, we will bring in a harvest if we don’t give up (Galatians 6:9).

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The Antidote for Anxiety

Philippians 4:6 (KJV)

Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.

Anxiety is a real threat to our health. It can cause both mental and physical suffering. Uncontrolled anxiety can lead to chest pain, lightheadedness, fatigue, nausea and a number of other illnesses. The bottom line is that anxiety hurts.

Not only does anxiety bring us physical pain but it can also bring us mental anguish. The worry that often accompanies anxiety can ruin our lives. Worry preoccupies our minds and debilitates our ability to live in peace.

There are many life events that can trigger worry. Issues on our jobs, in our families, with our finances and demands on our time can all lead to some serious worry sessions. Thanks be to God that there is a way to overcome worry.

The Bible tells us that prayer is the cure for anxiety. Whenever we feel anxious and overwhelmed, we should immediately go to God in prayer. Especially in these times, we need to pray boldly and with great sincerity. We can and should take everything to God in prayer; both the big and little issues of life.

Confident prayer begins with our remembrance of God’s majesty. God is all powerful and all knowing. He can provide an answer to every prayer. When we think about all of the prayers that God has answered over the course of our lives, we should run to take our cares to God.

The world is at war with the things and people of God. We should expect enemy attacks from time to time. However, when we turn our worries over to God through prayer, He promises to give us a peace that transcends all understanding. This peace will guard our hearts and minds from worldly worry. Through prayer, we receive God’s provision and protection. We also receive relief from anxiety.

Where Our Help Comes From

2 Chronicles 16:12 (KJV)

And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to the physicians.

In this modern age, with all of its medical and technological advances, we must not forget that God is the ultimate source of help and healing. He is the creator of all things and holds everything together in His hands.

When we are sick in our bodies or find ourselves suffering in a hard place, we can find help when we seek the Lord in prayer. Place your complete trust in the Lord today and give Him the honor that He deserves.

The Good Path

Psalm 37:23-26 (KJV)

The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way.
Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.
I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed.

Do not fear when you walk through treacherous territory because the Lord protects the righteous. He makes our steps secure and goes before us to clear the way. The presence of the Lord is always with His people.

The Rock

Psalm 17:6-9 (KJV)

I have called upon thee, for thou wilt hear me, O God: incline thine ear unto me, and hear my speech.
Shew thy marvellous lovingkindness, O thou that savest by thy right hand them which put their trust in thee from those that rise up against them.
Keep me as the apple of the eye, hide me under the shadow of thy wings,
From the wicked that oppress me, from my deadly enemies, who compass me about.

When we pray to God and seek His protection, we can expect to receive an answer. Those that look for safety in God are the “apple of His eye.” When trouble comes, flee to God and seek refuge under the Rock.

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The Blessings of Good Behavior

Money Tunnel

1 Peter 3:13 – 16 (NIV)

Who is going to harm you if you are eager to do good?  But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed.  “Do not fear what they fear; do not be frightened.”  But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord.  Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have.  But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.

If you were walking down a street and you noticed a person walking in front of you dropped a one hundred dollar bill onto the street, what would you do?  Would you pick up the money, track that person down and return it or would you pick up the money and put it in your pocket?  Surely, you could find a good use for that money.  One hundred dollars is nothing to sneeze at.  On the other hand, as Christians, the right thing to do would be to return that money to its rightful steward.  Taking that action would certainly qualify as a good deed.

Doing what is right is pleasing to God.  Blessings can be found through righteous behavior.  Those who desire to do what is good are protected by God.  He protects those whose acts are honorable.

As we strive to live righteously, we can expect the Evil One to challenge us.  However, Scripture tells us that we need not be frightened.  We do not need to fear what the Evil One might do because Jesus Christ has already conquered the world.  Therefore, no real harm can befall us from doing what is good.  Even while suffering, Christians are still privileged and blessed because of their relationship with God.

Christ provides us with the best model for how to continue to do good during difficult times.  Because Christ lives within us, we have access to His power that can overcome the afflictions of this world.  Continue to do good for God’s sake and pursue peace and harmony.  This pleases God and you will be blessed.

Sweeter Than Honey

Honey

Psalm 19:7-10 The Message

The revelation of God is whole and pulls our lives together. The signposts of God are clear and point out the right road. The life-maps of God are right, showing the way to joy. The directions of God are plain and easy on the eyes. God’s reputation is twenty-four-carat gold, with a lifetime guarantee. The decisions of God are accurate to the nth degree.

God’s word is better than a diamond, better than a diamond set between emeralds. You’ll like it better than strawberries in spring, better than red, ripe strawberries.

In an average day, we have a myriad of decisions we have to make and problems that we must consider. Just the idea of figuring out what we should do is enough to tire us out. Deciding whether we should pursue a new job, begin a new relationship or buy a home are just a few of the major decisions that we may make during our lifetimes. However, we have many more daily decisions that occupy our mental faculties. Sometimes we have to gain understanding of how to resolve a situation at work, find the best route to work, or even plan what we will eat for dinner. Ironically, I have found that sometimes the little issues of life can be just as disturbing as the big issues.

Fortunately, as believers, we don’t have to make decisions without guidance. Christians are provided with a roadmap that can direct their way down the correct path. This roadmap is the Word of God. It is through His Word that God ordinarily provides us with revelation. The answers to life’s problems are contained in the Bible.

God’s Word nurtures, comforts, and restores our mental health. When the problems of life begin to beat us down, God’s Word will provide us with healing. It is through the Word of God that we can find order in our lives. The Message states in Psalm 19 that the revelation of God pulls our lives together and provides the signposts of God.

It is counterproductive for us to dwell on our problems and reflect upon them for long periods of time. We are far better served to focus on the kingdom of God and His Word. Matthew 6:33 tells us that if we seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, God will provide for all of our needs. Through focusing on the kingdom of God, not only will we minimize the negative effects of thinking about our problems but we will have confidence that God will take care of our problems and provide for all of our needs.

Unlike the problems of the world, the Word of God is sweet to the soul. If we keep our minds focused on God’s Word and strive for the things of God, we will be helped to live a life that is sweeter, more peaceful and even more prosperous.