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Are you a "Kingdom Seeker?" If so, you're on your way to stop fretting
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Gerald D. Branch
Worry...we all know what sand will do if it gets into the gears of machinery.
Dr. E. Stanley Jones, a missionary to India wrote:
I am inwardly fashioned for faith, not for fear. Fear is not my native land; faith is. I am so made that worry and anxiety are sand in the machinery of life; faith is the oil. I live better by faith and confidence than by fear, doubt and anxiety. In anxiety and worry, my being is gasping for breath--these are not my native air. But in faith and confidence, I breathe freely--these are my native air. A John Hopkins University doctor says, "We do not know why it is that worriers die sooner than the non- worriers, but that is a fact." But I, who am simple of mind, think I know; We are inwardly constructed in nerve and tissue, brain cell and soul, for faith and not for fear. God made us that way. To live by worry is to live against reality.
(Dr. E. Stanley Jones, Transformed by Thorns, p. 95.)
Are you letting the sands of worry ruin your life?
When you're struggling with difficult decisions, what do you do? Do you worry?
When you need to make a decision in life, about your family, about your job, about your church, what do you do? Do you worry?
When we as a church body need to make hard decisions, what do we do? Do we worry?
We've got to get the order of things RIGHT first. It does no good whatsoever to NOT try to worry, IF you're not seeking FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Several things we can see from this passage. First, we are faced with making a choice. Second. We've got to establish priorities. Third, God is the provider.
I. We always have choices...one of the greatest causes of worry, is having to face decisions. When we face decisions, we can go one of several ways...
Number one, we can do NOTHING...sitting on our laurels, actually is a choice. ...
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