“Well, I’m not worried, just concerned about my job because they're laying people off at the plant where I work. I’m also concerned about my wife and kids who aren’t really interested in following the LORD, and my church, well, it just seems like nothing is happening there. I think the fire has gone out. When I watch Fox News every night, I just can’t believe all the mess that is going on in the government...a shadow government, threats of war? Dear Lord, it’s been keeping me awake at night. I keep wondering, where’s God in all this mess?”
One thing to remember about what’s going on in the world is to remember where we are in God’s timeline of earth’s history.
The Day of the LORD Cometh ...
“Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven. Now this, ‘Yet once more,’ indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain.
“Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.” (Hebrews 12:26-29)
Living in the end days while God is tending to the nations is no excuse to be fearful. No matter what the circumstances are around us, we are called to walk in love and live by faith in God, for without faith it is impossible to please Him.
Faith is the channel by which He rewards those who diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Let’s look at something that eats away at faith slowly, like rust on metal.
Our Christian brother said he wasn’t worried, just concerned. The truth is he is worried! Worry is the top layer of something evil hiding underneath. FEAR!
Fear is belief that something bad will happen. It is the direct opposite of faith. Both are a spiritual force. And both manifest according to choice in the human will.
Fear and faith are affected by what you see, hear, dwell on, and talk about. It’s your choice what outcome you will experience: anxiety, distress, concern, anguish OR peace, contentment, enjoyment, satisfaction.
Fear comes from the spirit of fear who has a goal: to prevent faith from succeeding.
Do you believe that God wanted you to be born on earth during this time of earth’s history to be a major influence and affect the direction of your family, the company you work for, the neighborhood you live in, the church you attend, and this nation that you so love?
Do you remember what Mordecai told Esther?
“For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father’s house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?” (Esther 4:14)
Mordecai and Esther walked by faith during a time when the enemy of Israel was making plans to annihilate all the Jews! God brought about a magnificent turn of events as the gallows the enemy built to kill Mordecai was used instead to kill Haman himself. Afterward the king issued a decree protecting every Jew in the nation. What a turn around! This is good to remember when everything seems hopeless with issues concerning our government.
BY FAITH SUBDUED KINGDOMS ... Hebrews 11:33
God is very much on the scene right now, influencing our nation through His Holy Spirit and members of the Body of Christ.
This is an amazing time in earth’s history. These are the days just prior to the great and awesome day of the LORD! You and I have been chosen and appointed. We have come to the kingdom for such a time as this to fulfill our individual assignments, just as important as Mordecai and Esther were in their calling. Esther laid down her life to do God’s will and go before the king. We, as people of prayer, give ourselves to follow the inward witness of God’s Spirit in continual prayer, for prayer is the tool God uses for change!
RENEWING THE MIND: A NECESSITY TO PRODUCE CHANGE
The fulfilling of your assignment will not reach it fullest potential without knowing and believing what God’s Word says about who you became in Christ and what you have been given. Where there is a lack of this knowledge, there will be a gaping hole for the enemy of God to take up residency.
If worry is keeping you awake at night, renew your mind to the scriptures before going to sleep. And remember to eat the breakfast of champions every morning: Scripture!
LIFE IN 2017
What does Jesus have to say to us? Let’s look at Matthew 6:22-34.
Vs. 19-21 “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth...lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven...for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
- Treasure God’s Word. Put it first place in your heart by doing what it says.
Vs. 22-23 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.”
- “Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.” (Colossians 3:2) Where your treasure is will be made known by your communication and by choices you make. Have faith in God’s love. Live free from ALL worry! It will be health to your flesh. (See 3 John 2) Faith and love are light.
Vs. 24 “You cannot serve God and mammon.”
You are to love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself. (Luke 10:27)
- The love of money is the root of all evil.
Vs. 25-34 “Therefore do not worry, saying,
‘What shall we eat?’
‘What shall we drink?’
‘What shall we wear?’
For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.”
- Notice how worry enters into your heart... by SAYING fearful thoughts!
- Treasure God’s Word
- Walk in love, free from all worry. It is health to your flesh.
- You cannot serve two masters. Love God; love people ... not money. Tithe!
- Do not worry — SAYING. We plant crops by our words ... good or bad. (James 3:5)
Let’s go back to our Christian brother who is not worried, just concerned.
For one thing, our dear brother is not seeing clearly. He is worried and in fear about many things: insecure about his job, bewildered about his family’s spiritual condition, blaming his church for him not receiving God’s presence, having trouble sleeping at night, wondering about this shadow government business, and beginning to blame God, wondering where He is.
A regimen of prayer and study time with the Holy Spirit will pluck up tiny weeds of worry that can infiltrate and begin to smother faith in God as they grow up. (Mark 4:19)
When the light of the treasure within begins to darken, the lamp of the body, the eye, will begin to see and interpret things differently, like wearing dark sunglasses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
In other words, “Is the glass half empty or is the glass half full?” Darkness will always answer, “Of course the glass is half empty!”
So, can you see a scenario taking place in the life of this Christian brother and his family?
WHERE YOUR TREASURE IS ... THERE YOUR HEART WILL BE ALSO
“Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, ‘Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.’
“And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.’” (Luke 10:38-42)
You and I have been given something from God that is His will for every human born on earth: the will to choose Him or not to choose Him. Wherever Jesus journeyed in His ministry, hearts were revealed. Jesus corrected Martha, going to the root of her anger toward Him and the anger toward her sister.
This matter of “choice” is something for us to consider in our busy lives and the many distractions and choices we have to make every day.
Where is your treasure?
Worried and troubled about many things?
Keith Moore recently gave an outstanding teaching that will edify you. We're not under the circumstances, we are OVER them! It is sixty-five minutes.
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Intercessors, prayer is not just for others and for our nation. You are to partake of its divine privileges for yourself, so that you remain dynamic and full of God’s anointing.
Cast all your cares on the LORD.
Be sober, be vigilant, for your adversary the devil walks about seeking whom he may devour. Resist him steadfast in the faith. (1 Peter 5:7-11)
Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.
Those who are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires. (Galatians 5:16 & 24)
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