Seek God an never worry

“And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. (‭Luke‬ ‭12‬:‭29 31‬ NLT)
 
 
Jesus commands us not to worry. But how can we avoid it? Only faith can free us from the anxiety caused by greed and covetousness. Working and planning responsibly is good; dwelling on all the ways our planning could go wrong is bad. Worry is pointless because it can’t fill any of our needs; worry is foolish because the Creator of the universe loves us and knows what we need. He promises to meet all our real needs but not necessarily all our desires.
 
Overcoming worry requires: (1) Simple trust in God, your heavenly Father. This trust is expressed by praying to him rather than worrying. (2) Perspective on your problems. This can be gained by developing a strategy for addressing and correcting your problems. (3) A support team to help. Find some believers who will pray for you to find wisdom and strength to deal with your worries.
 
Seeking the Kingdom of God above all else means making Jesus the Lord and King of your life. He must control every area—your work, play, plans, relationships. Is the Kingdom only one of your many concerns, or is it central to all you do? Are you holding back any areas of your life from God’s control? As Lord and Creator, he wants to help provide what you need as well as guide how you use what he provides.
 
Needs and desires. Just like scripture says seek Gods Kingdom first above all and he will see to all our needs.
 
Nothing is ever going to happen just by laying on the couch. Everything worthwhile in life takes action. The Bible always calls us to action. You want to achieve anything? There has to be an action.
 
In this modern world we live in, stress is massive factor. Society sees it as the silent killer. Have you been there? I am sure you have.  I have done business in a failing economy before. What we tend to do is stress about where next sale is going to come from instead of going out and finding that sale. You can’t leave things to the last minute and then try and find a solution. You should do it sooner rather than later.
 
Scripture tells us that worrying about it won’t fix anything. Finding a solution and working toward that plan is the way to go. The company I am with just employed a few new sales people. The one guy is going to struggle because of the lack of knowledge. If that does happen, he can do one of two things. Either he can worry or he can empower himself by studying and practicing all his waking hours. Observing from the outside in, I can see he is doing both. He should leave the worrying part out of it.
 
Read the section in bold again. Just there is a plan on how to fix worry.
 
My advice is to just this seek God’s wisdom in everything and He will guide you and be with you all the time.
 
“Lord, I pray that I will worry only about one thing and that is to Glorify you. I thank you for looking after all my needs. I thank you for all my blessings. In Jesus name I pray. Amen”

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Pray and trust

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 ‭4‬:‭6-7NLT)
 
Imagine never worrying about anything! It seems like an impossibility; we all have worries on the job, in our homes, at school. But Paul’s advice is to turn our worries into prayers. Do you want to worry less? Then pray more! Whenever you start to worry, stop and pray.
 
You have obviously seen that some people have a presence about them. I was in Joburg on training Monday and Tuesday this week. I am continuously drawn to this one trainer. There is just something about him. In the last session we started talking, and I told him about my faith. Turns out he is a Christian and been for years.
 
You see, that control and peace you notice, is because we, Christians, trust God in everything. I want to say we trust Him in everything. A while ago I spoke about wisdom and solving problems. The solution was just pray and study the word and all will be revealed to you. 
 
God’s peace will guard your heart and with faith he will provide all the solutions and blessings. Just pray and ask.
 
Let me tell you this, remember I am in sales. My customers often comment that I am calm and don’t push. They say they like that because they don’t want to be forced into something. Don’t get me wrong I ask for the order, then I trust God to deliver. Yeah I can hear you asking, I do pray about it. God wants us to be bold in our Faith.
 
Remember guys God is Huge don’t limit him by your own limitations, ask, then trust Him. God delivers I speak from experience, just Pray.
 
“Lord, I pray that You will send the Holy Spirit and touch us, teach and inspire us to pray. I thank You far all my answered prayers. In Jesus name. Amen. ”

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He will tempt you.

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you. For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father, but are from this world. (‭1 John‬ ‭2‬:‭15-16‬ NLT)

Some people think that worldliness is limited to external behavior—the people we associate with, the places we go, the activities we enjoy. Worldliness is also internal because it begins in the heart and is characterized by three attitudes: (1) craving for physical pleasure—preoccupation with gratifying physical desires; (2) craving for everything we see—and accumulating things, bowing to the god of materialism; and (3) pride in our achievements and possessions—obsession with one’s status or importance. When the serpent tempted Eve (Genesis 3:6), he tempted her in these areas. Also, when the devil tempted Jesus in the wilderness, these were his three areas of attack (see Matthew 4:1-11).

By contrast, God values self-control, a spirit of generosity, and a commitment to humble service. It is possible to give the impression of avoiding worldly pleasures while still harboring worldly attitudes in one’s heart. It is also possible, like Jesus, to love sinners and spend time with them while maintaining a commitment to the values of God’s Kingdom. What values are most important to you? Do your actions reflect the world’s values or God’s values?

Just last evening I caught myself boasting about my achievements. A friend asked what I was doing these days, so I packed out and told how well I am doing. All those bad habits were back in a flash. As I sit and ponder this scripture, it dawns on me that I never told my friend that I met God. I can boast about all the other things, but the most significant event I don’t talk about.  What’s more, one should guard against bad habits. I thought it would be okay to boast about my worldly success to my close friend; it’s not. We should practice good habits and not do that.

How many people do you know have got themselves in deep trouble craving and chasing physical pleasure? I am guilty, are you? It can lead to all sorts of consequences. Divorce, disease and unwanted pregnancy to name a few. Some of us don’t even realize the hurt and scars we cause. It’s much easier just to avoid the lust. But we think that going out with lots of people is cool when it’s not. It can have devastating consequences. So young people guard yourself.

God values self-control, a spirit of generosity, and a commitment to humble service. Read the last paragraph again. Memorize these principles it will add to your life.

“Lord, I pray to be like Jesus, to love sinners and spend time with them while maintaining a commitment to the values of Your Kingdom. Lord I pray this for all people. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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I will never fail you

Don’t love money; be satisfied with what you have. For God has said, “I will never fail you. I will never abandon you.” So we can say with confidence, “The LORD is my helper, so I will have no fear. What can mere people do to me?” (‭Hebrews‬ ‭13‬:‭5-6‬ NLT)

How can we learn to be satisfied with what we have? Strive to live with less rather than desiring more; give away out of your abundance rather than accumulating more; relish what you have rather than resent what you’re missing. We become satisfied when we realize God’s sufficiency for our needs. Christians who become materialistic are saying by their actions that God can’t take care of them—or at least that he won’t take care of them the way they want. Insecurity can lead to the love of money, whether we are rich or poor. The only antidote is to trust God to meet all our needs. See God’s love expressed in what he has provided, and remember that money and possessions will all pass away. (See Philippians 4:11 for more on contentment, and 1 John 2:17 for the futility of earthly desires.)

I grew up in a wealthy home. I always had what my heart desired. How I did not go off the rails is God’s wonder. I have to say, I had have amazing parents. My parents exposed us to all the right things. Excellent family values and great biblical principles.

When we sold the family business, my ego took a huge knock. I had to adapt from being this icon, to being just a “normal” person. How bizarre those words sound now. Yes, I thought I was better than the next person. Absolutely crazy! Let me tell you, possessions and worldly things where my god. I really thought that playing golf in a pair off R5000 shoes actually meant something. The fact is that it means nothing, it’s actually about the person you are.

Then, 3 years ago, I met God. Just as they explain in the Bible, I was born again – given a second chance. Not only did my life change, but I changed as well. Let me just say right now before you think that I believe I am perfect or profess to be, I am far from it. How do you change 50 years of bad habits?

Let me tell you how you try: accept Jesus as your Savior, stay in the Word and apply the Biblical principles. Don’t make money and worldly possessions your god. Another principle in the Bible, “faithful over little, ruler over much”, think about that. That old car you have, look after it.

Be grateful for what you have.

“Lord, I thank you that you humbled me. Make me grateful for what I have. Make me aspire to only glorify You. In Jesus name. Amen.”

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The Heavens will open

Bring all the tithes into the storehouse so there will be enough food in my Temple. If you do,” says the LORD of Heaven’s Armies, “I will open the windows of heaven for you. I will pour out a blessing so great you won’t have enough room to take it in! Try it! Put me to the test! (‭Malachi‬ ‭3‬:‭10‬ NLT)

The people of Malachi’s day ignored God’s command to give a tithe of their income to his Temple. They may have feared losing what they had worked so hard to get, but in this they misjudged God. “Give, and you will receive,” he says (Luke 6:38). When we give, we must remember that the blessings God promises are not always material and may not be experienced completely here on earth, but we will certainly receive them in our future life with him.

The “storehouse” was a place in the Temple for storing grain and other food given as tithes. The priests lived off these gifts. We also need to give from the plenty that God has given us in order to support those who serve God by ministering to the spiritual needs of others.

Haven’t I heard this all before “all the Church wants is your money. “That is so far removed from the truth.

I am in the Sales, the day I started tithing in a disciplined way,thats the day the flood gates opened in my business. I sell 20 cars a month.All by the grace of God I get that result. It works I promise you. God promises to open the heavens for us. Just tithe.

Your reward won’t only be financial. The peace that overcomes you is amazing.

If you eat the last of your seed or spend it, how are you going to plant seed for later. That why it’s important to tithe and sow.

Now some people say I haven’t got enough money to tithe. Then tithe your time in serving people. You have heard this, “you reap what you sow.” Apart from money it applies to all things, even the way you speak. Wow I struggle with that. So concentrate on all the good things and deeds.

You will receive the Blessing of Heaven, just like God promises.

“Lord I pray that You will give me discipline in all things, not only tithing. In Jesus name. Amen”

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God’s Grace

God’s law was given so that all people could see how sinful they were. But as people sinned more and more, God’s wonderful grace became more abundant. So just as sin ruled over all people and brought them to death, now God’s wonderful grace rules instead, giving us right standing with God and resulting in eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. (‭Romans‬ ‭5‬:‭20 – 21 NLT)

As a sinner, separated from God, you see his law from below, as a ladder to be climbed to get to God. Perhaps you have repeatedly tried to climb it, only to fall to the ground every time you have advanced one or two rungs. Or perhaps the sheer height of the ladder seems so overwhelming that you have never even started up. In either case, what relief you should feel to see Jesus offering with open arms to lift you above the ladder of the law, to take you directly to God! Once Jesus lifts you into God’s presence, you are free to obey—out of love, not necessity, and through God’s power, not your own. You know that if you stumble, you will not fall back to the ground. Instead, you will be caught and held in Christ’s loving arms.

We are separated from God and his love by sin daily. Our guilt removes us from God. It’s the guilt in us that causes us to give up on God.

Firstly, some people don’t even get that in having a relationship with God. They can’t believe after the things they have done that God loves them. God forgives all sin! He does not exclude some sin. It’s by God’s Grace and love that we walk in this world. It’s by his grace that Jesus died for our sin. It’s by His grace that we have the Holy Spirit to guide us in this life.

Secondly, we should always be on fire for God. Have you heard the phrase, “the flame in him has died”? Yet again, sin and sinful behavior prevents us speaking boldly about the Lord. Sometimes you may say something towards someone and then feel like you can’t claim and speak about God because of the wrong in you. This happens to me even though I try my hardest to be like Jesus. We, as humans, are weak. The way to be strong is to pray and stay in the Word.

It’s just like me writing these thoughts. I don’t do it on weekends. Why? Because Friday is social time. Is that correct? I am not sure. But if it’s worrying me then then I should be disciplined enough to do it, even on weekends.

Read the scripture and the section that follows again. Don’t think that it’s a ladder. Trust God and Jesus to pick you up when you fail. In my experience it even works in the work place.

“Lord, make me trust you completely. I thank you for Grace and your Son Jesus. In Jesus name I pray this. Amen.”

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Humble and gentle

Therefore I, a prisoner for serving the Lord, beg you to lead a life worthy of your calling, for you have been called by God. Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love. Make every effort to keep yourselves united in the Spirit, binding yourselves together with peace. (‭Ephesians‬ ‭4‬:‭1- 3 NLT)

“There is one body,” says Paul. Unity does not just happen; we have to work at it. Often differences among people can lead to division, but this should not be true in the church. Instead of concentrating on what divides us, we should remember what unites us: one body, one Spirit, one future, one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God! Have you learned to appreciate people who are different from you? Can you see how their differing gifts and viewpoints can help the church as it does God’s work? Learn to enjoy the way we members of Christ’s body complement one another.

No one is ever going to be perfect here on earth, so we must accept and love other Christians in spite of their faults. When we see faults in fellow believers, we should be patient and gentle. Is there someone whose actions or personality really annoys you? Rather than dwelling on that person’s weaknesses or looking for faults, pray for him or her. Then do even more—spend time together and see if you can learn to like him or her.

Come and tell if you haven’t felt this way before?

You know that on guy or girl who just gets up your nose. When they enter the room, when they speak or just when they are around. Sometimes even as grown ups certain children we meet have the same effect on us. Yes you know what I am talking about.

As a Christian I fail horribly in some of these areas. I do try to rectify it. I have told this story before, I lead a group in Bible study, ex addicts and street people. When I first got there I disliked many of them and there ways. I remember the one guy in particular, always cocky, disrespectful and the blue-eyed boy of the house. What I learnt and experienced, only when I opened my heart and loved him did my words from God mean anything. Only then did I manage to over come the barriers.

Making allowance for each other’s faults because of your love.” What a statement. Can you imagine what the world would be like, when we apply this.

We all, everybody on earth, form the Body of Christ, the Church. People that don’t believe cause dysfunction in this world. It’s our job as believers to help, firstly fellow believers and then to reach out for others.

I just have to say this ” an important place to start is at work. People there see the best and worst of you. There’s the challenge.” That includes me.

Unity, remember I said there is strength in numbers and more so in working together. We are all called, to do so.

” Lord I pray for unity. Unified we can change the world. There is so much to do. In Jesus name. Amen.

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