By Pastor Shana Wise
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Mathew 18:3 and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
I believe as adults we need to be reminded that God is our heavenly Father, and we are his children. No matter how old, wise, or the income we have, we still need to lean and depend on God. When we worry and are anxious about life, it is a sign of our independent state of mind apart from God. Watching the video of the child singing Don’t Worry About a Thing because Every little thing is Going to Be Alright, by Bob Marley, reminds me of the way God created his children to be. He wants us to have joy, be carefree, and let the light shine from within.
Matthew 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Worry stems from what is ruling our hearts at the time. If we are full of fear, then that is where our focus will be, and our actions will follow. God wants our focus to be on him and his love for us. He does not want to compete with worry.
Matthew 6: 24 “No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon (money).
Many people worry about money and how they are going to make it, to the point, it consumes them. Jesus warns against this. Stevie Wonder wrote a song titled Part-Time Lover. God does not want us to be part-time lovers of him, because his love is full-time towards us. We must decide who are we going to believe and serve, God or the system of the world.
Matthew 25-34, “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? 26 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? 27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? 28 “So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; 29 and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 “Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
Watch the one-minute bird clip: https://youtu.be/rYoZgpAEkFs.
Watch a one-minute clip about lilies: https://youtu.be/vDVP3rbNtcI.
After watching these videos and reading Matthew 6:25-34, what comes to your mind?
When I watch the videos, it reminds me that God is faithful to his Word. God is in the details of our lives from day to day and if he is so gracious to the earth and its animals, how much more grace and love does he have for us? Jesus did not die for the birds, animals, or flowers, Jesus died for us.
Seven Reasons Not to Worry from Life Application Study Bible
1. The same God who created life in you can be trusted with the details of your life (Mat. 6:25).
2. Worrying about the future hampers your efforts for today (Mat. 6:26).
3. Worrying is more harmful than helpful (Mat. 6:27).
4. God does not ignore those who depend on him (Mat. 6:28-30).
5. Worrying shows a lack of faith in and understanding of God (Mat. 6:31-32).
6. Worrying keeps us from real challenges God wants us to pursue (Mat. 6:33)
7. Living one day at a tie keeps us from being consumed with worry (Mat. 6:34).
Worry may damage your health, disrupt your productivity, negatively affect the way you treat others, and reduce your ability to trust God. How many ill effects of worry are you experiencing? Here is the difference between worry and genuine concern-worry immobilizes, but concern moves you to action. From the commentary of the Life Application Study Bible.
I challenge you this week to not worry about anything. When the thought of worry comes to you, intentionally shift your focus to worship God. He is our Father, and he wants to hear from his children. He wants us to bring all our worries to him and if our spirit is quiet and still, God will answer!
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About the Author
Dr. Shana Wise is an ordained Pastor that founded and oversees Wise Choice Ministries with her husband Deacon Ron Wise. She is also the CEO and founder of The Well Christian Women’s Network. Dr. Wise is the author of Women’s Devotionals Acts of Intercession and Chief Women Arise, The Impact of Your Election, and the Basic Ministry Training Manual (all available on Amazon). She received a Doctor of Divinity degree in 2019 from St. Thomas Christian University. Her passion is to teach and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ, equip others to apply the Word to their lives and demonstrate it through the power of the Holy Spirit. She is a televangelist that appears on social media outlets. Shana is married and has four children.
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