Don’t worry! You are more valuable to him than many sparrows. “If anyone publicly acknowledges me as his friend, I will openly acknowledge him as my friend before my Father in heaven. But if anyone publicly denies me, I will openly deny him before my Father in heaven. Matthew 10:31-33
“Don’t criticize, and then you won’t be criticized. For others will treat you as you treat them. And why worry about a speck in the eye of a brother when you have a board in your own? Should you say, ‘Friend, let me help you get that speck out of your eye,’ when you can’t even see because of the board in your own? Hypocrite! First get rid of the board. Then you can see to help your brother.” Matthew 7:1-5
True happiness can be found when we realize God is at work, all the time and He is in control.
Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don’t get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes. Matthew 6:34
Worry! Worry! Worry! That is how I used to live my life. I believed whatever could go wrong would go wrong and there was nothing I could do about it.
That’s not how I live my life anymore. Because I learned to rely on God and to lean on Him. I learned to live ‘One Day at a time.’ And, to trust that whatever tomorrow (an the next day) have in store for me if I approach it in His strength and seek His guidance for it He will work it out. Not always easy! It takes time and it takes practice. At times I still try to do things in my own strength. Which usually don’t work out till He says to me “Okay you tried, now watch me.”
Relying on God does not mean ‘do nothing!’ It means do the best you can with what you have and leave the outcomes in God’s hands.
The ‘Serenity Prayer.’ starts with the words “God grant me the serenity to ACCEPT the things I cannot change.” Stop worrying about things you cannot change and put your efforts into the things you can. That way God can get on with the job of sorting out the things you have no control over.
- What are you worrying about today?
- Is there anything you can do to change it?
If not ‘Let Go’ of it and ‘Let God’ Deal with it.
Prayer Lord help me today not to worry about things over which I can’t change and put my efforts into the things I can.
You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn through the sleepless nights, Each tear entered in your ledger, each ache written in your book. I’m awake all night–not a wink of sleep; I can’t even say what’s bothering me. I go over the days one by one, I ponder the years gone by. The minute I said, “I’m slipping, I’m falling,” your love, God, took hold and held me fast. When I was upset and beside myself, you calmed me down and cheered me up.
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.
Psalms 56:8 ~ Psalms 77:4-5 ~ Psalms 94:18-19 ~ Philippians 4:6-7
It is from our ego that pride rises. Pride can cause us to take the glory for the work that God has done in and through our lives.
Ego problems can stem from worrying about the opinions of others. We convince ourselves others lose confidence in us because of how we live and what we do,
Genuine humility is a sign of a healthy ego. John 3:30 says “He must become greater and greater, and I must become less and less. “ Are you willing to lose some of the applauds so God can be glorified.?
Living Life Recovery is about living the life God has called you to live. If you do He promises to look after you. In Matthew 6:25 Jesus tells us not to worry about our lives and material things because there are more important things in life.
Proverbs 15:16 A simple life in the Fear-of-God is better than a rich life
with a ton of headaches.
Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Philippians 4:6
Reach out and welcome one another to God’s glory.
Jesus did it; now you do it! Romans 15:7
God’s powerful Word is sharp as a surgeon’s scalpel, cutting through everything, whether doubt or defence, laying us open to listen and obey. Hebrews 4:12
LAUGHING AT YOURSELF
We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. We were the talk of the nations—”God was wonderful to them!”
Be gentle with one another, sensitive. Forgive one another as quickly and thoroughly as God in Christ forgave you. Ephesians 4:32
ASK FOR HELP
“You didn’t choose me, remember; I chose you, and put you in the world to bear fruit, fruit that won’t spoil. As fruit bearers, whatever you ask the Father in relation to me, he gives you. John 15:16
It’s true that moral guidance and counsel need to be given, but the way you say it and to whom you say it are as important as what you say. 1 Timothy 1:8
Let God work his will in you. Yell a loud no to the Devil and watch him scamper. James 4:7
Pray diligently. Stay alert, with your eyes wide open in gratitude. Colossians 4:2
Some of us can’t celebrate life because we worry so much and make ourselves miserable.
Listen to the list: “How am I going to pay for all this stuff I have?”; “How am I going to get everything done?” or even little things like, “How am I going to find a parking space at the mall?” The worry list varies from person to person but is never-the-less real.
The Greek word for worry is actually two words “merizo and nous” which means to “divide the mind.”
The English word is based on an old Anglo Saxon word which means to choke or to strangle. The combined meanings let us know that worrying can divide our thinking and choke and strangle our spirit. Excessive worry keeps us frustrated, divided and choked up. It would be better to trust God for a change.
Don’t worry about finding a parking space, get in the car and go and trust God to show you where a space will open up at the mall and in life!