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When you feel anxious (Part 1)

August 12th, 2009 Comments off

Philippians 4:6 – ” Do not be anxious about anything.”

Anxiety consumes pretty much everyone.  We can’t help but feel nervous and worry about stuff.  Why are we anxious?  It can fall into three different categories: (1) About things we all face: Like aging, disability, retirement, loneliness, financial uncertainty, accidents, illness, losing a loved one, and death. (2) About things we all must do: like making decisions, starting and ending relationships, losing weight, changing careers, making a mistake. (3) Reflecting our inner state of mind: These anxieties reveal how we feel about our ability to handle things. For example, fear of rejection can affect every relationship in your life. In order to avoid being hurt you shut others out, your world grows smaller and your opportunities for personal growth are more limited.  That was taken straight out of the devotional, and I couldn’t have categorized it any better.  So what do your anxieties fall under?

If we really get down to it, the bottom line is that we have anxiety because we don’t feel we CAN do it.  Once we have that thought, floods of negativity enters and feeds our anxiety.  So if you knew that you CAN handle anything, would you still be anxious?  NO.  And that might sound too easy, but the fact is that once you bring God into the picture, you’ll have joy in knowing that you’ll overcome anything that comes your way and be anxiety-free…  Philippians 4:13 says: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength,”  and Philippians 4:6-7 says: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”  Let those verses be of encouragement to you as they have to me.

I guess I want to challenge those who read this…not sure who you are, but someone told me of a new type of fast (giving up something to see our dependance on God) that is MUCH harder than fasting on food.  Try and fast from ANY negative thoughts, actions, or sayings…  The actions and sayings might be doable, but not thinking anything negative is actually a big challenge…  And negative thoughts feed into anxiety, so why should we be thinking negative thoughts anyways…  I already tried this a couple times, and failed within like 10 minutes, but today’s devotional encouraged me to try it again today, but this time, know that I can do it with God’s help!  Alright, so starting now….no negative thoughts….you can do it! :lol:

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Where’s My Heart?

July 31st, 2009 Comments off

Matthew 6:21 – “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be.”

This morning’s devotion talked about a guy named William Randolph Hearst (yea Hearst Castle).  What I didn’t know was he was a collector of “stuff”, and boy did he have a lot of expensive treasures and unique items.  Just looking a a few pictures of the castle itself can tell you he definitely would be considered “rich”.  The unfortunate thing for Mr. Hearst is his heart was set on earthly things, and after a lifetime of collecting items he has passed and now probably wishes he would have seen past money and earthly treasures and sought a fulfilling treasure that he would have gained in heaven.

Now, what would it take for Mr. Hearst and so many people who are ‘addicted’ to money to begin to store treasures up in heaven?  Matthew 6: 24 says: “You cannot serve both God and Money.” (Interesting how ‘money’ is capitalized…)  Jesus also clearly tells us in Matthew 19:2324: “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven.  Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.”  So, the Bible is pretty clear that being rich means nothing, and you won’t enter the kingdom of heaven because you serve Money.  Not only that, it owns you, you are in this endless cycle of wanting more, the things you only fill the void inside you a little, and you try hard to fill it with more things.  If you truly want to fill that void, there is only one thing that can completely fill it, and that is the TRANSFORMING LOVE of God.  This devotional and appropriately titled blog entry focuses on our hearts…  Once our hearts have been transformed by the love of God, Money becomes money, and we begin to seek more of God and the treasures He has in store for us in heaven! :D

For myself, I admit that I did have a problem with trying store up earthly treasures, and I still have wants in my life today.  The fact that technology always seems to amaze me doesn’t help at all either…  I’ll even go as far to justify those wants and say I’ll use them for the glory of God, but like the verse above said, I cannot serve both God and Money.  However, I think the past 2 months, God’s transformed my heart to become more aligned with His desires and will.  I am starting to see those heavenly treasures and earthly things seem like trash now.  I’m so excited to see where He is taking all of this and really what He is about to do in my life!