Worry

Inwardly Perplexed… (Day 27 Acts 10:17-18)

“Now while Peter was inwardly perplexed as to what the vision that he had seen might mean, behold, the men who were sent by Cornelius, having made inquiry for Simon’s house, stood at the gate and called out to ask whether Simon who was called Peter was lodging there.” (Acts 10:17–18 ESV) Have you ever felt like Peter?  I suppose all believers at one time or another have been inwardly perplexed about spiritual things.  Maybe it was a deep mystery of scripture, perhaps it was a dream, vision, or feeling that came from deep within during a time of prayer.  Maybe you have stood in wonder as you pondered the question of why things happen the way they do, or when they do.  Peter was inwardly perplexed, but God was not.  God had already worked in the life of Cornelius to help Peter with his perplexed spirit.  In fact, the men had already been dispatched and were nearing the gate of the home in which Peter was residing. Nothing catches God by surprise so whatever has caused you to be inwardly perplexed is no secret to our father in heaven.  He has likely already prepared the heart of another to help you as Cornelius helped Peter.  Maybe you are the Cornelius that God wants to use in the life of another as well.  Take heart Christian our Master is not perplexed even if we currently are.

Worry… (Day 2 Matthew 6:33-34)

33 But above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own. (Matthew 6:33–34 NET) Today’s reading in our Bible challenge comes from Matthew 6-9.  One of the passages that really jumped out at me was the section on worry in chapter 6.  There is no doubt in my mind that worry is one of the greatest thieves in the world.  It takes so much from us!  Frequently our worry leads to fear, and our fear leads to doubt, and our doubt leads us ultimately to sin.  In The Absolute Basics of Christianity I encourage everyone to memorize the verses above because they are such a powerful reminder. Worry is a hazardous practice for believers and should be avoided at all costs.  There is nothing positive at all that comes from our worry.  Jesus said don’t worry about what your future might hold, let it worry about itself.  This is good advice and can enhance our lives a great deal if we follow it.  There is however an important statement in verse 33 as well, Jesus says above all pursue his kingdom and righteousness. It has been my personal experience that when I am engaged in this divine endeavor I have far less time to worry.  I worry less when I am fully devoted to living as a modern day disciple of Jesus Christ.  Most of our worries are a result of taking our focus off of the pursuit of his kingdom and righteousness and instead focusing on the futile things of this world. Worry was […]

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