REFUSE TO IGNORE GOD AND STOP THE WORRY

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Worry. I don’t want to do it, but sometimes, I find myself doing it. I’ve come to realize when I worry, I am effectively ignoring God. Worrying is about living in the future, and God is not there.  He says that He is the great I AM. He is all about what is happening now. He is focused on the present.  It’s just not productive, and it’s insulting to God. Worry ignores the following aspects of His person:

His presence. God is omnipresent. He’s everywhere. But when I worry, it’s as if I don’t even recognize that He is as close and the breath I breathe and He’s just a prayer away. Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.” When I acknowledge His presence, it calms my fears. God is always with me. When I refuse to forget that, the enemy will not be able to get me to worry.

His power. God is omnipotent. All power is in His hands. Worry is effectively telling God He’s impotent and He can’t do anything to help you. What an insult! He’s Almighty God! Stop it. You’ve got to believe in your heart He is able to do exceedingly abundant above what you ask or think (Ephesians 3:20).

His wisdom and knowledge.God is omniscient. He knows everything.  Worry tells God, “You know absolutely nothing about this situation and how to resolve it. I’ve got to handle this myself.” The truth of the matter is that God knows infinitely more than we know, and if we pray instead of getting anxious, He will impart His wisdom and knowledge to us and give us peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7). He says if we ask for wisdom. He will give it to us liberally (James 1:5). The question is do you believe that?

Worry is about our having a sense of self-sufficiency. Apparently, we think we can solve our own problems if we think on them long and hard enough. Why is it that we try to figure out stuff for ourselves when we have a God that is ready willing and able to help? Let’s stop trying to figure out how to resolve those things that are humanly unresolvable. Relax. Worry is usually about something we have absolutely no control over anyway. If you cannot control it, what’s the sense of worrying about it?

The best line of defense is to pray to God and let the chips fall where they may. Know that you can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:19), and God will help you to handle whatever you need to handle when it’s all said and done. He will. He promises He will. God is in control and He is fully capable of handling the situation. He wants you to listen for His voice and he will tell you what He wants you to do. Stop the worry, and focus intently on your Heavenly Father today.

How do you deal with worry in your life? Leave a comment below.

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DO YOU WANNA BE LIKE JESUS?

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Remember the slogan, “I wanna be like Mike”? The phrase referred to Michael Jordan, the famous basketball player. There were many little boys wanted to grow up and be like Mr. Jordan. He was their hero. In the same manner, God wants us to desire to grow up and be like Jesus. Jesus wants to be our hero. I wanna be like Jesus. How about you?

The reason that God wants us to be like Jesus is so that we can represent Him accurately to people who desperately need to see Him in spite of His invisible nature. In Matthew 8:3, Jesus said, “If you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” Therefore, when we act like Jesus, others are able to get a glimpse of Who God is. Thus, when God asks us to be like Jesus, He simply wants us to extend grace to others in the ways He has extended grace to us. For example, He wants us to be like Him in the following ways:

He is forgiving. When we sin against God, if we have accepted Jesus as our Lord and Savior and we repent, He is ready, willing and able to forgive us and “wipe the slate clean” at our request.   He says in I John 1:9, “If we confess our sin He is faithful and just to forgive our sin and cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” He expects no less from us when others trespass against us.

He is loving. Romans 5:5 says, “The love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.”  When we receive the love of God and love ourselves, we can then love other people.  God’s desire is to love others through us.

He is merciful. Where would we be without the mercy of God? Luke 6:36 says, “Be ye merciful even as your Father also is merciful.” God always shows us mercy, and he wants us to turn around and show mercy to others.

He is giving. John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish, but have everlasting life.” Jesus says in Luke 12:32, “For it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the Kingdom.” God, by nature, is a giver, and He wants us to follow suit and give out of the resources He has bestowed upon us as he directs.

So you see, God is not asking us to do anything that he is not willing to do. When it comes to relationships, I always say, “I’m not asking for anything that I am not willing to give. “ Similarly, God is not asking us to do anything for others that He has not already done for us. For Him to ask us to do something He won’t do would hypocritical. He has already set the example and expects us to follow His lead.

Therefore, we ought to strive to be like Jesus so we don’t misrepresent Him and create a stumbling block for those who don’t believe. Furthermore, when we misrepresent God, we end up being a hindrance to our brothers and sisters in Christ. We need to constantly ask the question, “What Would Jesus Do?” or ”

WWJD?” We should answer the question by showing Christ-like behavior.  That’s the only way to be sure we are accurately representing the Master on a daily basis to a dying world.

In what way do you want to be more like Jesus? What area of growth does God have you focusing on right now? Leave a comment below.

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