There is no temptation but that which is common to all people. Are you worried? Ask yourself this question, have you ever allowed your Monday to ruin your Sunday? Do you hate the thought of Monday? Are there mountains in your life that you believe in your heart are insurmountable? Have you lost sleep recently because of a financial challenge or a health problem, or the fear of losing your job, or the fear of losing your business, or the fear of losing your relationship, or the fear of what tomorrow may bring, or the fear of fear, or the fear of what people think about you, or the fear of the power of the evil one, or the fear that God has removed his hand of protection from you, or the fear that even though God has heard your prayer he may not answer it for whatever reasons including your performance, or the fear of another persons problems. Do any of these things seem hopeless? Do you feel like there is no solution to the point that you worry? Do you ever just have a moment of honesty and speak that you are worried?
I want to share an amazing true testimony with you. About three years ago, a man came to me for help. He came to me largely because he had worn out all of the other counselors and ministers in his life. This man is a very learned man. He is also a very nice man. At this time in his life. He was so worried and anxious that he was in a constant state of despair. Eventually, he became so tired of being worried that he became willing to do almost anything. We had several sessions that lasted for at least two hours. It seemed that we were getting no where. The one thing that kept me engaged in trying to help this man was his willingness to try.
Finally, I told my friend to read the following scripture three times a day for 90 days, until he had it memorized and could quote every jot and title of it. After 60 days he began to change and very shortly his life and his outlook on life turned 180 degrees and he is a new person. Anxiety and Worry have left him. This man is almost unrecognizable as the same person. Here is the scripture that he read out loud three times a day for thirty days…If you will do this, your life will never be the same.
Matthew 6:25-34…. A teaching from our Lord and Savior…The creator of all things…
“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? “
“Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?”
“Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?”
“So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.”
” Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is here and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, oh you of little faith? “
“Therefore do not worry, saying, what shall we eat? Or what shall we drink? Or what shall we wear? For all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.”
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God (Jesus) and His righteousness (His righteousness, not yours), and all these things shall be added to you.”
“Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own troubles.”
Note that Jesus repeats his commandment not suggestion ” Do Not Worry” three times in this teaching.
Back to our friend who repeated this teaching three times a day out loud for 90 days… about one year after the word of God transformed him into a new person, he came to me and asked that we agree in prayer for a powerful and immediate conversion experience for his son who was lost and in the full blown service of Satan. He was very concerned about his son but he had made a decision to trust Jesus and not worry any more. About three weeks later if I remember correctly, His son had a profound salvation experience and is one of the coolest Jesus freaks I know. He spends most of his time studying the Word and teaching it and helping his friends who need Jesus.
At a recent meeting, his Son told me that if he had not seen the profound change in his Dad that, ” He (his Dad) could never have led me to the Lord.”
Love to you all from God the Father, Jesus our Lord, The Holy Spirit and your brother in Jesus…Allen