God’s Ability Is Greater Than Our Anxiety!!!
I think most of us will agree that changes in our life many times can be very difficult. Whether it involves change in our home, family, kids, health, church, job security, culture, society, politics, etc., changes in life can/will many times be very difficult. However, we need to accept the fact that change is inevitable. It’s going to happen. In life, things are always changing! And, many times we don’t like it as we all have a “comfort zone” and we really don’t welcome a situation that causes us concern, worry, and anxiety. Recently, in the USA Today paper there was a comment from the Israeli President Reuven Rivlin where he said, “Every challenge creates opportunity.” And then I read a comment from a lady named Stella Stuart who said “ Dream every day! Behind us is Infinite Power. Before us is endless possibility. And around us is boundless opportunity! Why should we fear? So, dream big! We will not give up! There are opportunities all around us! I believe in God and I will not worry but will trust Him!”
Pastor Bryan Strickland said, “I believe that God is our answer to all our deepest needs.” I agree. Notice, in the Gospel of Mark we read, “But the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things come in and choke out the word making it unfruitful” (4:19). However, God’s Word also tells us that we need to really embrace Matthew 6:11 – “Give us this day our daily bread.” Then, in Romans 4:6 God tells us, “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be known unto God.” Listen, we have access through Christ to our Heavenly Father! And “Good News” our Heavenly Father is Perfect, Caring, Consistent, Close, and Capable!!! Therefore, he is reliable and trustworthy! We have a Heavenly Father we can count on! And because He is our Perfect Heavenly Father He can, and will meet our deepest needs! PTL! And He has a plan and purpose for each of us. He wants us to really know Him, be like Him, to serve Him, and be with him…daily!!! So many people today spend time worrying all the time when Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Give us today our daily bread! He was teaching them (and us) to ask God for their daily provision! Our perfect Heavenly father will take care of us one day at a time. He knows what we need each day, how to live our lives, and to be successful in life. The Bible states in Proverbs 12;25 “The anxiety in a heart brings a man down.” How true. There’s an old English word for “worry.” It literally means to choke, to strangle. That’s what worry does to us. Listen, worry does not work!!! Worry is like a rocking chair- it gives you something to do, but gets you nowhere!!! Jesus gives us three keys to overcome worry in Matt.6:11.
Ask for God’s Assistance.
Instead of worry, ask for God’s help.
Worry is an attempt to control the uncontrollable. When you feel like your helpless, then you start to worry. Question? How much is out of God’s control? Nothing! Absolutely nothing! And He is always waiting for us to ask Him for His assistance.
James 4:2 tells us that, “We have not, because we ask not.” Why does God want us to ask? Because He is the Source for everything that we need in life, and when we ask for His assistance we are saying, “God, I really need your help.”
Numbers 16:32 says, God is the Source of all of life!” And He wants us to see Him as our Source!
When we don’t know what to do, He is our Wisdom.
When we run out of energy, he is our Source of strength.
When we feel like everything is caving in on us, and depressing us, He is our Source of Happiness.
He is our Source of Hope when things look hopeless.
When we’re stressed out, He is our Source of peace.
When we’re irritated and about to blow up, He is our Source of patience.
When we are overwhelmed with guilt, He is our Source of salvation.
And when we feel like giving up, He is our Source of encouragement.
We have a great God and He wants, and is waiting for us to ask for His assistance! PTL!
Secondly, Remember God’s Resources.
Worry means that we have forgotten God’s promises, and that He has unlimited resources at His disposal. Bread represents the basic necessities of life. And God is concerned about all our basic needs. Phil. 4:19 – God will supply all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus! Now, what does all include? Everything! And if this verse is true what do we really have to worry about? News flash!!! Nothing!!! All that anxiety that we carry around is worthless. He says that He is going to supply our needs from His “glorious resources.” And because this is true, God’s ability is greater that our anxiety! However, this promise is not for everybody. It’s a promise for those who put God first in their lives. Millions of people pray the Lord’s prayer, but they totally ignore the first request which is, “Hallowed be thy name, thy kingdom come, thy will be done.” God says to put His priorities first in our lives (Matt.6:33) then we can pray for any of our needs in life and He will meet them. But, to say, “Give us our daily bread” and then not embrace His will for your life well, that just doesn’t cut it my friend. And think about it, if God loved you enough to let His Son die on the cross for you to redeem you from a life of sin and give you the promise of eternal life, don’t you think that you can trust Him for your income, your retirement, your kids, your family, your job and anything else? Listen, if God loved me (and you) enough to send His Son to die on a cross for me, (and you), I believe that He loves me (and you) enough to keep shoes on our feet, clothes on our back, a roof over our head, if we keep Him first in my life!
Thirdly, Trust In God’s Timing!
How many of you have discovered that God’s timing is not the same as yours? Listen, God’s timing is always perfect. However, waiting requires faith, and He wants us to trust Him moment by moment. Again, Matt. 6:11 doesn’t say, “weekly, monthly, yearly bread”, but “daily bread.” It’s an admonition to trust! In Exodus 16 we read that God gave the Israelites manna in the desert. How? One day at a time! For 40 years! Matt.6:34 tells us “Don’t be anxious about tomorrow.” Then in Matt.6:44 He says, “Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Folks, we can’t live in the past or our tomorrows as much as we try. Worry is an attempt to control both the past and the future. We worry about the past that we cannot change. We worry about the future that we cannot change. Lesson? Worry doesn’t change the past, and it doesn’t change the future, it just messes up today and makes us miserable.
Two things happen when we really make God the Source of our lives:
1. We become more at peace. Circumstances don’t bother us as much anymore. We look beyond the circumstance to the One who is ultimately in control and we don’t sweat it. God is my Source! PTL
2. We become more generous. When you’re stingy with your time, money, effort it means that you really don’t believe God is going to provide for you. He said, if I put Him first Matt. 6:33 “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His Righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.” As many of you know, this has become my life’s verse since 1972! Six months after I was saved spoke to me through this precious verse and said, “Son, if you will put me first in your life, daily, I’ll take care of you. Well, I have, and He still does. Praise His Name! And, as a result, if we keep Him first in our lives, we don’t have to worry. And to use a phrase that’s very popular today is, “He’s got my back.” PTL! And if I am absolutely convinced that He is the Source of my supply, and He meets my every need, then it’s easier for me to help others. It’s easy for me to tithe 10% (at least) and give offerings of my income because He is my constant Source. People that don’t tithe or give offerings are saying that they really don’t believe that God will meet all their daily needs. It’s not a financial issue, but rather a faith issue. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again right now. For the one who says “I can’t afford to tithe (or give offerings)” I say that “you cannot afford not to!” When you honor God, He will honor you. If you are deciding not to trust Him and do it “your way”, guess what? He’ll let you. However, you will be the one that loses out by not trusting Him daily as the Source for all your needs. If you will, He will. If you don’t, then I think God’s Word is telling us, (expressed by yours truly in today’s culture), “Ok, if you want to go through life without Me and my help, my assistance, my grace, and my resources, then I will honor your decision, and if this is the way you truly feel, so be it.” Think about it. Millions of people in the world today are doing this very thing and then wonder why God hasn’t been able to help them. Duh!!!
So, in closing, what are you worried about today? Your job, your health, your family, your, kids, your church, your bills, your finances, your retirement, etc. ? Suggestion! Let’s take Him at His Word, ok?
Ask for His Assistance!
Remember His Resources.
Trust in His Timing!
He has not always given me all that I’ve wanted, but He has always met all of my/our needs.
And guess what? He’ll meet yours as well if you trust Him!
Remember, God’s ability is greater than your anxiety! Amen? Amen!!!
I love you all very, very much!