All posts tagged: worry

Are You Waiting on the Lord Patiently?

When I was fairly young, I remember learning a song for a program at church. The chorus has always stuck with me, and both of my boys have heard it several times. Have patience, have patience. Don’t be in such a hurry. When you get impatient, You only start to worry. Remember, remember, That God is patient too. And think of all the times when others have to wait for you. Patience is not something natural for humans. Especially as we move toward adulthood, we become more time-aware, seeking to accomplish everything we can in our lives. Our culture pushes us toward greater efficiency, even at the cost of our peace. We don’t want to wait to accomplish our goal; we want to have the next “viral video” to gain notoriety. We want to take a pill and lose all the fat on our body. We want to jump in the car and arrive at our destination faster than we ever have before. In Matthew 4, Satan offered Jesus efficient opportunities to “accomplish” His goals …

Today is the Perfect Day to Change

The past few Sundays, we’ve talked about how nothing we have is really ours and because it’s all God’s, we should be willing to give to the Lord.  This truth is the why of managing well what we’ve been given.  So, what does the how look like?  I think that starts with Today. Here is the great thing about today: you can only live in it.  You can never live in yesterday again.  It’s gone.  You will never live in tomorrow because today is always here.  It never goes away.  Today you will go to bed, fall asleep, wake up again, and it will be… you guessed it… today.  We live in today.  This is the reality of life.  When it comes to finances, and really everything we manage, are we living in today or are we trying to live in yesterday? Are we living in today or are we trying to live in tomorrow?  Don’t brag about tomorrow, since you don’t know what the day will bring. – Proverbs 27:1 It’s really kind of foolish to try to …

Don’t Worry: He Holds All Things Together

He existed before anything else, and he holds all creation together. – Colossians 1:17 I remember reading this for the first time years ago and bearing down with a pen onto my Bible, underlining this sucker over and over and over. I was thinking, “That’s right, He, the brother, holds it all together!” It makes me think of a message I heard from Louie Giglio years ago called “How Great is Our God.”  In short, he talks about a protein molecule called laminin. It is a molecule in the body that literally holds the body together; it’s the rebar (steel enforcing rod holding cement together) of the human body and it is shaped into image of a cross. Amazing, right?!! At the microscopic level of our body, a molecule in the image of a cross is holding us together. Jesus is literally holding our body together. When Paul writes this, the fullness of his words are meant to be understood that Christ has total sovereignty and control over all creation. Much like His working in our body, Christ …

Is Your Heart Leading You Towards Destruction?

The heart wants what the heart wants – or else it does not care. – Emily Dickinson The heart is fickle as it seems to be able to rule our lives through our emotions.  Worry, anger, fear, jealousy, how did these things get such a foothold in our lives? Almost 6 years ago we just found out we were having another baby.  A few months into the pregnancy, we went to the doctor for a routine check-up. As the nurse checked the baby’s heart rate, “the look” came across her face. As a nurse myself, I knew what “the look” meant and my stomach sank.  She immediately left to go get the doctor and the doctor came to tell us that our son’s heart rate was extremely high and we needed to go see a specialist.  Then we went to the specialist and were told we needed to go to another specialist. Needless to say we saw a specialist every week for about 4 months, having different tests run every week.  And every week the doctor or nurse would …

This Week For Sunday

Peace. What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear that word? War? Hippies? A dove? A tranquil place? Rest? Quiet? There are so many things that the word peace can bring to mind. Because of this, it can be hard to understand what the Bible means when it talks about the peace of God. Paul writes: Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.  Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7 My family is going through some pretty big changes right now. There are a lot of details that need to happen in order for everything to work out. In all of this, it is really easy for me to worry about every little detail and how it is all going to work out. However, I have found that being anxious has never helped in any way. If …

Are You Robbing Yourself of Victory?

You are victorious! This past Sunday, Corey spoke about David defeating a giant. He mentioned that David’s victory became his people’s victory.  Without lifting a sword or stone, the Israelites were victorious over their enemies, the Philistines.  Likewise, Jesus defeated sin and death on the cross and His victory is also our victory.  Without any effort on our part, we are victorious! Paul said it like this: For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin. And since we died with Christ, we know we will also live with him. – Romans 6:4-8 But …

The Purpose of Our Suffering

Joseph’s story in the Bible seems odd (see Genesis 37-50). If Joseph was one of God’s chosen instruments, why would God let his brothers sell him into slavery? Why would God let Joseph be wrongfully imprisoned? We usually like to blame this type of suffering on sin. The Bible paints Joseph as a righteous man, and we are not given reason to believe that his sufferings resulted from personal sin. So, what are we to make of Joseph’s story?  Through Joseph’s suffering, at the hand of his murderous brothers, the line of Judah was preserved. In Genesis 45:8, Joseph says to his brothers, “So it was God who sent me here, not you!” God’s plan for Joseph included many trials. However, these trials were neither tests nor punishments. The trials were designed by God to fulfill prophecy and ultimately bring Jesus Christ into the world through Judah’s lineage, one of Joseph’s brothers. In Genesis 50:20, Joseph says to his brothers, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it all for good. He brought me to this …

How To Practically “Guard your heart above all else.”

A wise Proverb that can alter the direction of your entire life says, “Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life” (Proverbs 4:23). So how do you practically watch over your inner self? How do you keep your mind and heart from danger?  Right after Jesus challenged his disciples to take up their cross and follow Him, He asks them two questions of eternal significance: “What do you benefit if you gain the whole world but lose your own soul? Is anything worth more than your soul?” (Matthew 16:26) Jesus asked these questions in such a way that He taught the equation: EVERYTHING minus your soul equals NOTHING. Here are three steps to practically guard your heart:  1. Ask God for help. After King David committed adultery with Bathsheba he wrote this song to the Lord found in Psalm 51:10, “Create in me a clean heart, O God. Renew a loyal spirit within me.” David understood that God has the power to make his heart pure again. He pleaded …

Putting Your Past In Its Place

Putting the past in its place is not easy—at least, for me.  Leonard Griffith wrote, “[We] keep ugly skeletons in the closet of memory and we think it virtuous to open the door occasionally and torture ourselves by remembering what these skeletons looked like when they were clothed in the flesh and blood of sin.” Some of us know exactly where we failed in the past and we are still ashamed of it. Stop rattling the skeletons. Better yet, throw them away! God gave His Son to death on a cross to forgive the sins of the world, and we only frustrate God’s grace by refusing to believe that our sins are included. Then there are skeletons that remind us of when somebody did something wrong to us. Toss them out! I don’t know why I think I can continue to disgorge all these bitter, spiteful words and not have a bad taste in my mouth. One of the smartest things I can do is to allow the Holy Spirit to work on my heart …

Be Strong

Have you ever had one of those “I’m totally overwhelmed and not sure I can do this!” kind of days? Weeks? Maybe even months?!? It’s been one of those seasons for me. When city council said “yes” to City Station, I pulled myself up by my bootstraps and began to make plans for the future. Signing contracts. Approving promotional materials. Fundraising in the community. Meeting with staff. Reviewing blue prints. Reviewing altered blue prints. Writing messages. Writing blogs. Meeting with the press. I felt like I carried the future of City Station and our church family on my back. I know… you’re shocked that I felt overwhelmed. Thankfully God is good, He is patient, and His Spirit is persistent. He would not allow me to rest in my stubbornness and He has been faithful to guide me back to His truth. God guided me back to a passage that He first directed me to almost 20 years ago. His Word was true then and it remains tried today. Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead …