Day 11: Live worry-free - 15 November 2019

Benescke Janse van Rensburg

All of us have been worried at some point in our lives. We worry about our children's safety, the future of our country, a challenge in the workplace, perhaps an operation we need to undergone or a decision that may affect our futures.

The enemy's strategy is to get us to focus so much on the "giants" in our lives that it becomes all we think and talk about. Without noticing, the worry or “giants” become like idols, taking the place that is reserved for God alone.

Jesus understood the impact of worry in our lives. In Matthew 6: 25-27,33 He said: “Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more 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?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?  . . . But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

The Psalmist also writes about worry in Psalm 55:22: “Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” And in Philippians 4: 6-7 we find tips on how we can better deal with this worry: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, 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.

Let's take our concerns to God. Let's talk to Him about the "giants" that are paralyzing us. And let's thank Him in advance for being in control of our lives. He knows and determines the future and only He can fill us with peace that transcends all understanding. God bless.

Father God, thank you that I am allowed to cast all my burdens onto You. I specifically bring (name the thing that worries you) to you today. Forgive me if I have allowed it to consume me. Please fill me with wisdom, discernment and peace. I pray for this in the Name of Jesus Christ. Amen.

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