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The Worry Vaccine

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God is clear about worrying and panic: DON'T DO IT!  Instead, He gives us something else to do.

"Don't worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God" (Phi 4:6 CSB).

The clear antidote to worry is prayer.  This is for every situation.  Take your needs to God.  The apostles Paul and Peter both agree on this.  Peter says "Humble yourselves before God... casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you" (2nd Pet. 5:6-7).  When panic rises up from within, it is because you are being overwhelmed by the fear and circumstances of the moment.  Take a deep breath and remember you are not alone.  God really does care for you.  In that moment, talk with God.  Tell Him how you feel.  Thank Him for being in control.  It might not feel that way now, but this is where faith comes in.  Prayer is an act of faith.  Ask God to give you His peace.  Decide to wait on Him for the solution.

Jesus tells us to have an eternal perspective, saying, "...do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. For life is more than food and clothing" (Luke 12:22-23).  God will provide!  Worrying will not add a single hour to your life (12:25).  Instead of worrying about ourselves, Jesus teaches us to "seek His kingdom" (12:31).  Seek Jesus in this storm! 

Humans worry most about the thing they treasure most.  What is that for you?  Is it your health? Your life?  Your kids?  Your house, job or car?  Jesus says "where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" (Luke 12:34).  Are you ready for Jesus?  Have you made Him your treasure?  If Jesus is your treasure, and you are in the habit of casting your cares and worries on Him, then you have found the secret to PEACE.  

As the world panics around us, turn to Jesus, the Rock of Salvation, and let Him  flood your heart with peace.  The storms have come and gone before.  Jesus is the anchor that holds--hold fast to Him.

There is work for you to do during these troublesome times.  Worry and panic result in mistakes.  Clear your mind by starting with Jesus.  Give him your feelings and cares.  Walk by faith by thanking Him for being in control.  Ask Him for wisdom and let him prepare you for what is next.  

Go with God!

 

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The Fruit of the Spirit (Pt. 10): Self-Control

“God would rather have you messed up than not at all.” I saw this on a church sign last week. Few admit it, but we all lack self-control at some point. Attempts to become self-controlling on your own will have temporary effects at best and result in a controlling personality, at worst.  But we all need it, so where do we begin?  The apostle Paul says self-control is a work of the Holy Spirit. He specifically says it is a fruit, so this shows us where to begin.  Read more to learn where this process of gaining and learning self-control begins.

Paul was a prisoner, in the custody of Governor Felix, in Caesarea.  The Governor was familiar with Christianity, called "The Way" at that time, and he enjoyed listening to Paul talk.  Acts 23 records one of these times, saying Paul spoke of righteousness, self-control and the judgment to come (verse 25).  Felix couldn't take it.  He got scared and left.  What was it about Paul's message?  Felix needed the first two things, righteousness and self-control.  The thought of judgment scared him so much that he moved.

Jesus is calling you to surrender to him.  So many people hear the call, but they want to clean up their mess first.  Many, like Felix, know they fall short, but they think they can get it all together and then come to Jesus. This attempt at self-control does not begin with God and always end with a frustration.  Jesus has offered you terms of surrender, and he wants you, mess and all.

Jesus will not accept you on your terms--not because he is picky, but because he knows your condition better than you.  You are unable to get your self out.  You cannot control your situation.  But Jesus can. 

Governor Felix felt the heat of his shortcomings when Paul spoke. It made him move, but he moved away from help.  Do you feel the conviction of the Lord today?  Move toward the light. Stop hiding in the dark.  Take control of the situation by surrendering to Jesus.  The fruit of the Spirit, the new life God wants to grow in you, grows as you respond everyday to the leading of Christ.  He gives power for Godly living to those rely on him.

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