trusting God

God Speaks on Anxiety

What are you anxious about? anx·ious -full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune; greatly worried; solicitous.

We cannot have both fear and peace at the same time.  Faith and fear cannot coexist.  You either trust God in this area of your life or you don’t.

1 John 4:18

There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.

Do you know the love God has for you?  Do you believe Him for all things?  Do you love God with all your heart, soul and mind?

This is what God says about anxiety.  Meditate on these verses.

Jeremiah 17:8 - He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.”

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Please note that God is saying below “do not be anxious”…this is a command; not a suggestion.

Matthew 6:25 [ Do Not Be Anxious ] “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious 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?

Matthew 6:31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

Matthew 6:34 “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Matthew 10:19 When they deliver you over, do not be anxious how you are to speak or what you are to say, for what you are to say will be given to you in that hour.

Mark 13:11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. Luke 12:11 And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say,

Luke 12:22 [ Do Not Be Anxious ] And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.

Finally,

Philippians 4:6 do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

Do not be anxious about anything…

Matthew 6:27

Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

There is nothing that God wants us to be anxious about.

What should we do when we begin to worry?

1 Peter 5:7

casting all your anxieties on Him, because he cares for you.

Pray, cast your anxieties on Him, and meditate on His Word & character.  You can trust the man who died for you!

Written by Julie Van Gorp

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Do You Try to "Figure it Out" Or Do You Simply Trust God?

Recently, we decided to house and act as a “summer camp” experience for an inner city child through “Fresh Air Fund”.  Plans were set, and I had spoken to this child’s mother several times.  Then suddenly, the mother “pulled” her daughter’s application and told the administrators at Fresh Air that her daughter was no longer going to participate.  Upon getting the news our family was disappointed, especially my daughter who was excited to make a new friend.  

As I wondered about why they cancelled I was immediately relieved that I no longer believed the lie that everything that doesn’t work out the way I hoped is my fault or that I had to “figure out” why they made this choice!  

Do you blame yourself when things don’t work out the way you planned?

I can admit that there would’ve been a time in my life where I would have recounted verbatim every word I had spoken to the mother.  I would have lost sleep wondering what I could have and should have done differently; blaming myself for a result, that in reality, I have NO control over!  I would have requested that the administrator “figure out” why they cancelled and report back to me so I would know or maybe I could “fix” it (oh don’t go there unless God calls you to it!) instead of resting in God’s plan.  

When we try to “figure things out” it can lead to many unwanted problems, drama, upsets and heavy burdens.  God tells us in Matthew 11:30 that His burden is light

“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”- this is true when we trust God.  

When we choose to trust God we will find rest.

Yes, my soul, finds rest in God; my hope comes from him. Psalm 62:5

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I now pray and believe that when I say or do something that genuinely caused hurt feelings or a change in plans that God will make it known to me and will also make known to me what I should do about it.  In the meantime, we must trust God and move on.  

It is so freeing to realize that most of the reasons people use to make decisions has nothing at all to do with us, but everything to do with them.  We must stop trying to “figure it out,” and start trusting God in the details of our lives.

Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!

Romans 11:33

Yesterday, I received a call that a new girl has been matched with our family through Fresh Air Fund!  We are trusting that she is the exact child that God wants in our home.  

Are you tempted to try to “figure it out” or do you rest in God’s plan?

Written by Jamie Shaver

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Trusting the Man Who Died for You!

As a child I remember thinking it so strange that the day commemorating Jesus’ crucifixion was called “Good Friday” when it was a day of such pain for Jesus.At services every Good Friday I heard preaching on the words of Jesus from the cross and was aware of the agony He suffered at the hands of sinful men and women.  However, I admit at the time it didn’t seem like a big deal that one person would die so that many could be saved.

It wasn’t until I was a middle-aged adult that I truly realized that Good Friday is not just a “good” day, but also the most pivotal day in my life and all of history.It is the day that I was released from the penalty of my sin; the day Jesus took on the death that should have been mine, and all of mankind’s.

David Platt, pastor of Brook Hills Church in Birmingham, Alabama, states in “The Cross and Suffering”:

  • Everything “ultimately points to Good Friday.
  • Everything before the cross points forward to it.
  • Everything since the cross points back to it
  • Everything that will last was purchased on it.
  • Everything that matters hinges on it.”

The cross was God’s plan even before He created the world.(1st Peter 1: 18-20) In His infinite wisdom and knowledge, God knew when He created mankind that we would rebel against Him, a holy God.Yet, in His infinite mercy He had already prepared the way for us to be redeemed and brought back into fellowship with Him.

How amazing is the love of God! When you wonder if God really loves you, I encourage you to look to the cross and see Jesus’ outstretched arms! I believe you will hear in your spirit as I do, “This is how much I love you—I gave my very life for you!”

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Don’t you think He must look at us when we grumble and complain and question whether He really loves us, “How can you doubt my love for you? You deserved hell and damnation and yet I willingly gave up the glories of heaven to come to earth; endured an excruciatingly painful death on the cross in your place; took on the penalty of all of your sins; overcame death; and purchased for you the power to overcome sin, and yet, you doubt my love for you?” Romans 8:32 tells us, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”

Unlike every other religion in which a person has to do something to earn the favor of their god, the centrality of Christianity is that we did nothing and can do nothing to earn God’s magnificent, amazing love. Romans 5:8 tells us the good news that, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

The only work that God asks of me and of you is that we believe in Jesus and whatHe did for us, and put our trust in the finished work He accomplished for us on the cross. (See John 6:29)If we truly believe that God created us, knows us best, and loves us so much that He gave His very life for us, won’t we also trust Him with every aspect of our lives? Won’t we believe that the words and instructions for living, which He gave to us in the Bible, are also all for our good?

This Easter season—and every season of your life—I want to encourage you that you can indeed ”Trust the Man Who died for you!”

 Written by Julie Van Gorp

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It's Not What You Know, It's Who You Know

I sent a quick text to my mom the other day requesting that she pray for me and about a situation our family is going through.Her response was, “You’ve got the connections!” referring to my relationship with God.

That got me thinking, we as Christians DO have the connections! It’s often been said; “It’s not ‘what’ you know, it’s ‘who’ you know.”Well, as Christians we know God, and He has ALL the connections!As I thought about her text it was mind-boggling to imagine all of the “connections” God has as the Creator and Sustainer of everything.As His child I can literally say:

“My Father knows everyone!”

“My Father knows all things.”

“Nothing is impossible for my Father.”

“My Father can I be trusted.”

Perhaps like me, you’re praying for something that would be a “long-shot” to happen. If so, be encouraged; you have a Father who specializes in the impossible!  Genesis 18:4; Luke 1:37; Matthew 19: 26 

As believers in Christ we are part of a huge family.I love when Jesus is told in Matthew 12: 46-50 that his mother and brothers are outside waiting for an audience with him. He responds to his disciples saying, “For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”

What a joy and comfort to know that we who follow Jesus are all part of the family of God. We all have connections with God and therefore with one another because we are a part of God’s family.

I recently heard a story about a man who was in a deep state of mourning after the loss of his wife.As thoughts of her ran through his mind, he began remembering the little things.The things she wore, her smile, even her favorite chicken potpie.The Lord put on his heart two specific bible verses that brought him comfort in the midst of his overwhelming sorrow.

At the same time, there was a woman who knew and loved God.She was going about her day when she sensed that she should make a homemade potpie and take it over to this man for dinner—a man she hadn’t been in touch with for over twenty years.She called him to let him know she was going to bring a potpie over to him.In that moment, his joy was restored because he knew that the Lord was with him and loved him so much that He was even in the details of his pain.

Interestingly, when the woman came to drop off the potpie she also brought along a card.In the blank card, she had felt the Holy Spirit tell her to write just two things:the same scripture references that the Lord had given to the man earlier.

Yes, we have a God who has all the connections.All we need is to stay connected to Him and to follow His instructions.In doing so, we like the two people in this story, have an opportunity to be part of God’s everyday miracles.

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If you have a dream, a plan, or a desire, be encouraged. “You’ve got the connections!” God is faithful to lead you, equip you, and fulfill His good purposes in your life.

Written by Jamie Shaver

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Peace Comes Through Trust, Not Control

It’s 3am and I wake up to my frightened daughter saying, “Mom, I can’t sleep, the wind is too loud.”Funny thing, I hadn’t heard the wind until she woke me up.Then after hearing it I found myself wide awake and thinking about…the house!The day before we had signed papers to make an offer on a house I REALLY wanted.As I lay awake in bed, tons of thoughts ran through my mind.

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  • Would we get the house?
  • Was our offer going to be too low?
  • What could we do to be sure we win the bid?
  • I want to MAKE THIS HAPPEN!
  • What if we do win the bid? I’d be so happy BUT…then…
  • What if there is major inflation soon? Would we still be able to afford the payment?
  • What if after we buy it, we find out there are tons of repairs that need to be done?

As the wind continued to whistle outside, the questions circled faster and faster in my mind.Then a thought jumped out at me that was very different from all the others.What if…I just trusted God’s plan?

So, I prayed.  Then, having cast all my cares upon Him, I fell back asleep.

Six hours later, I find myself doing a “drive by”; after all, it is a vacant home. I just want to see it again (as if the 50 times I’ve viewed it online were not enough!)And then I see it.Someone’s car is in the driveway.Who is looking at my house? I’m bidding on this house; it’s mine, I begin thinking.Suddenly I’m flooded with thoughts of how I could control this situation to get what I want!Ugh!I hate when this happens.Six hours before, I had just “let go & let God”, and now look at me.I already want to take back control!

As I drove home— annoyed with my behavior— I knew what I needed to do.I needed to increase my faith and trust God.This is what I did, and what I do when I feel my faith is waning. 

Pray God’s Word back to Him.

· Proverbs 3:5-6

"TrustintheLordwithallyourheart and lean not on your own understanding; inallyour ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.”

· Romans 8:28

"And we know that in all thingsGod works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

· Psalm 40:4

"Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord…”

· Proverbs 19:21

 ”Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.”

· I remind myself that God always has my best interest in mind.  If I pray and have trouble believing what God’s Word says, I next pray what the boy’s father prayed in Mark 9:24“…I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”

Today, I did not drive by the house. I resisted the urge to try to control my life, and I had peace when I prayed “not my will, Father, but thy will be done.”

Written by Jamie Shaver

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