Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Worried? 2013 and Beyond

"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more important than food, and the body more important 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?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
And why do you worry about clothes?  See how the lilies of the field grow.  They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself.  Each day has enough trouble of its own."  Matthew 6:25-34 NIV

In addition to the "do not worry" message one other part of the scripture stands out for me and it is, "But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well."  So the next time you do anything in your life SEEK FIRST HIS KINGDOM.  You will be amazed at the miracles the Lord will do for you in your life if you seek Him first.  The Lord is the giver of everything you have and we need to give Him thanks and give Him the glory.

Let's pray:  Dear Lord Jesus, please forgive us for our lack of faith and our worry.  Please forgive us for not putting You first in our life.  I pray for those reading this that this new year will be the year they will accept Your gift of salvation.  I pray that we will put You first and in so doing You will heal our land.  I humbly ask for Your favor and protection.  I say these things in Jesus' name. Amen.