What are you constantly worried about? What fears hold your mind captive?
Right now write these fears down somewhere (iphone note, journal, on your arm with sharpie, wherever…) The evil one wants to hold our thoughts captive and he succeeds most often when we keep our fears to ourselves. Writing them out helps us look at them from an observer’s lens and gives us clearer perspective in asking the Father for his help in overcoming them, as well as transparency with trusted friends who want to offer support.
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. 34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
What would your day look like today if you wholeheartedly believed the truth of Matthew 6?
Stop and meditate on these truths for 10 minutes:
Do not worry today about what I will eat, drink or wear
My heavenly Father already knows my needs
God, I seek your kingdom and want to live righteously
Thank you that you already give me everything I need
The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
24 “No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.”
Financial security is a very common fear. We like to believe that what our two hands have earned belongs solely to us and our family. In fact, we easily make judgments of others who do not share our “American” mentality to earn every dollar we have and spend it on our own comforts.
We learned earlier this week, “Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples” (John 13: 35). This means giving to those in need through our monetary resources as well as our loving conversations. Being an obedient steward with your time and money is not a chore that God gives us; in fact, the richness in our lives He promises to us when we are obedient are overflowing with His goodness and love!
10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it. 11 I will prevent pests from devouring your crops, and the vines in your fields will not drop their fruit before it is ripe,” says the Lord Almighty. 12 “Then all the nations will call you blessed,for yours will be a delightful land,” says the Lord Almighty.
He is a Good Father who loves to bless His dear children, especially those who trust and follow His ways.
In what specific way is God challenging your stewardship?
In what way have you been specifically blessed through the richness of His provision and love in a way that you can offer some of that richness to others?
Whatever challenge He has brought to you, take active steps toward change and making it happen!