Turn Worry Into Worship

A story is told about a man who came face to face with the dangers of worry one day.  As this man walked to town one day he encountered Death.  He asked Death this question, “What are you going to do?”

“I’m going to take 100 people,” Death replied.

“That’s horrible!” the man said.

“That’s the way it is,” Death said. “That’s what I do.”

The man hurried to warn everyone he could about Death’s plan. As evening fell, he met Death again. He had heard that a thousand people had died that day.  “You told me you were going to take 100 people,” the man said. “Why did 1,000 die?”

“I kept my word,” Death responded. “I only took 100 people. Worry took the others.”

We need to learn to break the worry habit before it breaks us.  How?  First all, we need to understand what its ultimate cause is?  What is at the root of worry?  “Worry is unbelief in disguise.” So my encouragement to you if you struggle with worry is to build your faith because as George Mueller said, “The beginning of anxiety is the end of faith, and the beginning of true faith is the end of anxiety.” How do you build your faith?  Get into the bible and let the bible get into you.  Romans 10:17: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”  The words of the bible vaccinate us against worry. 

In addition, pray.  Philippian’s 4:5-7 says: “Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Prayer is more than just talk; it’s uniting the soul to God.  And as we do, we transfer into him our anxiety, and he transfers into us his peace which passes all understanding. 

In short, turn your worry into worship! 

A Dozen Reasons to Always Have Hope

  1. God is always with you – Hebrews 13:5
  2. God loves you as His child – Romans 8:15-16
  3. God proved His love at the cross – Romans 8:32
  4. God’s power is available to you – Philippians 4:13
  5. God can exceed your highest expectations – Ephesians 3:20
  6. God understands you and your problem – Matthew 6:8
  7. God promises to supply all your needs – Philippians 4:19
  8. God’s grace is sufficient for you – 2 Corinthians 12:9
  9. God works all things together for good – Romans 8:28
  10. God uses trials to produce maturity – James 1:2-4
  11. God uses trials to display your faith – Philippians 2:15
  12. God’s will is good, acceptable, and perfect – Romans 12:2

God’s Hall of Fame

To have your name inscribed up there
Is greater yes by far
Than all the Halls of Fame down here
And every man made star.

This crowd on earth they soon forget
The heroes of the past,
They cheer like mad until you fall,
And that’s how long you last

But God he never does forget,
And in His Hall of Fame,
By just believing in his Son,
Inscribed you’ll find your name .

I tell you friend I wouldn’t trade
My name however small
That’s written there beyond the stars
In that celestial hall

For every famous name on earth
Or glory that they share;
I’d rather be an unknown here
And have my name up there.

~ Alf Hutchison

Thoughts and Quotes from Pastor’s Steve’s Journal from April 20-26

Self-Justification says, “I am always right.”

Self-Righteousness says, “I am better than you.”

Lord, please deliver me from both.

Lord, deliver me from the compulsion to control what I cannot control, and strengthen me to control what I can- myself. 

Lord, help me not to compare myself to others. But rather help me to be the best I can be. 

“Success Is the peace of mind which is the direct result of the self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.” ~John Wooden

The road is better than the inn, Cervantes. Don’t get to so focused on the end result, you don’t enjoy the journey. 

“We must learn to lean on others and sometimes accept others leaning on us. We cannot do it alone.” 

“Make each day your masterpiece.” ~Joshua Wooden

Overcoming Worry

Psychologists often use the phrase “Locus of Control” to refer to the things in life over which you have control.  If you can control something, it is in your locus of control.  If you can’t control it, it is not in your locus of control.   

Which locus is your focus? 

Are you preoccupied with things that you have no control over?  Or are you taking control of what you can control and leaving the rest to God?

In Psalms 46:10 it says, “Be still and know that I am God.”

That verse was written many years ago.  Scholars believe that these words where written in response to a national calamity.  At a time when people were afraid and terrified, God says, “Be still and know that I am God.” 

Notice those words: be still.  In the original text, those words: Be still, actually mean: “take your hands off.”

Isn’t that interesting? At a time of national calamity God says: Take your hands off.  What is he saying?  I think he is saying: Can you control the national calamity?  No.  If you can’t control it, why waste precious time worrying about it?  Instead of worrying about it, why don’t you pray about? 

“Things go terribly wrong when we try and assume control of our lives and those around us,” says Louie Giglio in his book I am not, but I know.  “For one, we sentence ourselves to a heavy load—we call it the weight of the world-that God never intended for us to carry.  Running our world is too much for us, no matter how hard we try.  To try and be God—something I find that I am really bad at—without having the wisdom and power of God is a ridiculous proposition, a daunting task.  Attempting to orchestrate the world around us, even for a day, leaves us stressed and spent.”

If you are stressed and spent, ask yourself, “Which locus is my focus?”

Prayers for Tuesday, April 21

Psalms 27:14

Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord!

Lord, as I wait upon you today, please fill me with courage and strengthen my heart.

Psalms 145:15-16

The eyes of all look expectantly to You, and You give them their food in due season. You open Your hand And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

Lord, I look to you expectantly today. You are Jehovah Jireha, my Provider. Please open your hand and give me physical and spiritual food, and satisfy the desires of my heart.

Luke 22:42

“Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”

Lord, I have some preconceived ideas of how I want things to turn out. However, I admit that my understanding is limited. So I surrender my will to yours. I pray not my will, but thy will be done.

Prayers for Wednesday, April 15

Psalms 34:10

The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the LORD lack no good thing.

Lord, as I seek you today, please provide for all my needs and the needs of my loves ones.

Psalm 23:1

The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

Lord, I surrender the leadership of my life over to you. Please be my shepherd. Lead me, feed me, guide me, and provide for me. Thank you that in you I have more then enough.

2 Corinthians 9:8

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.

Lord, I pray that your grace would abound in my life, my family’s life, and my church family. Thank you that you are my all sufficient one, and in you I will abound in every good work.