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Do Not Worry

Copyright 2017 by R.A. Robbins

25 “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 than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 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? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[e]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 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—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” — Teaching of Jesus from the Bible, Matthew 6:  25-28 NIV, accessed through Biblegateway.com

This should be so easy, but it is so difficult, isn’t it?  From an early age we are taught we must provide for ourselves.  And society tells us we are a “failure” if we do not provide not only the basic needs, but are also not wealthy in the eyes of the world. 

How often do we say “I need that” when we really don’t?  Wanting something because of what it represents in terms of power or prestige is not the same as needing it.  When you look at our country, the United States, how much suffering do we create in other parts of the world by our greed?

Trusting that “God will provide” is not easy.  This is something I know about. I have worried and fretted over not having enough and wondering how we would just survive.  I have tried and tried to find ways to bring in more money, but those attempts only made matters worse.  But I have also seen provision in the form of needs being met in the most unlikely of ways. When I lost enough weight that my clothes no longer fit I worried about being able to afford new clothes.  Then friends started showing up with bags full of clothes.  Let me tell you, God does have a sense of humor.

We have been notified by a state we haven’t lived in for 20 years about “lost money” the Treasurer’s office had been holding for us.  When the grocery budget has been tight sales and discounts have been plentiful. A doctor waved his fee with no mention being made of financial hardship.  I’m sure you have stories like these. These are all ways God provides, but how many times do we overlook them?

Worry is hard on the body and the mind.  It makes us sick. So, isn’t it time to heed the words of Jesus, “do not worry about your life?”

 

Dig a Little Deeper: 

How has God provided for you?

 

:) Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

“Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” — Jesus, Matthew 5:10, NIV, accessed from BibleGateway.com

Let’s face it, living a righteous, Godly life has never been easy.  There has always been opposition.  The prophets suffered greatly for their calling.  John the Baptist, Jesus and many others were murdered for their faith.  Early Christians met in secret because of the persecution and death they faced if discovered.

Notice that Jesus did not say fight back.  He said we are blessed when people insult us, make fun of us, persecute us.  We are blessed (made happy) because it means we are living in a way that is different than ”the world” and people are taking notice.  Persecution means others are recognizing the Christ within us.

In the world we live in now the temptation to not only fight back, but to kill and destroy the opposition is stronger than ever.  Even “good church going folks” are falling prey to this.  Some pastors are even telling their congregants to arm themselves.  This is not the way of Jesus.

Remember we are blessed when the world turns against us.  It means we are doing something right.

Dig a Little Deeper:

  How do you handle persecution against your faith/”way of life?”  Are you willing to take an unpopular stand to state you are for what is right? –Regardless of the cost to you?

:) Blessed are the pure in heart

Copyright 2016 by R.A. Robbins

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.” 

–Jesus, Matthew 5:8, NIV, accessed from BibleGateway.com

Blessed are those who see the world through the eyes of love.  When our hearts are pure we see a world filled with life, love and oneness. We see God.

Dig Deeper:  How do we better express that lifestyle?

Holy Ground

Copyright 2016 by R. A. Robbins

There seems to be something within us that is always searching.  The pull is so strong it leads us to churches, spiritual teachers or even halfway around the world to “sacred sites” on a spiritual pilgrimage.  We are looking for a place, that “holy ground” where we believe we will find God.

What drives us in our search for God?  Do we really believe that God is “out there” somewhere?

I believe we are born knowing our oneness with God and each other.  As we are trained and educated by our culture and the world we begin to forget.  We lose our sense of oneness with God and may begin to feel “lost.”

Are you looking for Holy Ground?  That sacred place where God is?  I have good news!  It’s closer than you think.  You don’t have to search or give anyone money to find it.  You are standing on it, in it.

The presence of God is over, under, all around and within you, your family, friends; even your enemies.  You see, the journey is not an external one, to a holy place somewhere outside ourselves.  The journey is within.  Stop, stand or sit quietly and breathe.  Quiet your mind, listen, feel and experience the presence of God. 

This month we will explore ways to remember we are always on Holy Ground.  Please join us.

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