Worry

If I allow my concern about the future to cripple me in the present, I am guilty of worry.

There are so many things happening in our world today that could cause us to worry. Fears about the spread of the coronavirus may keep us up at night. In some ways, I think the viral fear about it may be worse than the virus itself.

Then we have our personal problems too. There are problems with work . . . problems with our families . . . problems with our health.

How can we overcome fear and worry? The Bible has something to say about this. Jesus himself addressed it in the Sermon on the Mount:

Therefore do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you (Matthew 6:31–33 NKJV).

Believers should not worry. Jesus is not saying that Christians shouldn’t be concerned about the necessities of life. He is not saying that we shouldn’t think about them or plan for the future. The Bible encourages us to work hard, to save our money, and so forth, but what Jesus is saying is that we shouldn’t worry about these things.

Worry doesn’t make your life longer; it just makes it more miserable.

Corona Virus Covid-19 — A Christian Thought for Today

These are uncertain times. Many people are now suffering from anxiety due to the Covid-19 virus outbreak. I have decided to quicken the publication of my first book. So, hopefully coming out next week is… God’s Solution to Worry, Anxiety, and Fear – the Corona Virus Covid-19 Edition. With lots of prayers to help us […]

Corona Virus Covid-19 — A Christian Thought for Today

Alarmist

If you would have told me that markets would be depleted and that we could not hold church services on Sunday, I would have thought that you were an alarmist.

And if you would have added that it would be best for me to “self-quarantine” because I am one of the “vulnerable” to COVID-19 (I’m 67), I would have thought that you had lost your mind.

Well, it’s happened. What a difference a few days make.

The President has declared a national emergency and the United States are in an absolute panic.

I’m not quite sure why so many people have emptied the store shelves of toilet paper though. It has become so valuable that we may start using it as currency!

“How much for that coffee? Will two squares of toilet paper do?”

All joking aside, you can see people’s concern begin to mount. That is why we want to bring church to you and provide daily encouragement for you and your family.

Please visit my church website for our sermons that we have posted on YouTube.

Although we’re not meeting in person, let me make this clear: The church marches on. Let’s use this time to rally and continue to spread the hope of Jesus.  

Blessings,

Kim Van Marter

Heresy !

Here is a thought that I have been thinking about for a while. This hasn’t just happen, but has gain momentum. 

Prior to the advent of the Internet and social media, the life of a religious charlatan was easy. Ministries built on preposterous prophecies, outlandish miracle claims, and bizarre Scripture twisting could continue unabated without the fear of any serious scrutiny.

And while heresy is still lucrative, the modern heretic has to be shrewd about disguising his schemes and covering his tracks. They could once trade on spiritual gullibility, short-term memories, and isolated audiences. Now, the Internet—and social media in particular—offers a global and perpetual platform to expose false teachers and warn against their teaching. Today, the long-term survival of false teachers hinges on their ability to cloak their error in enough truth to avoid zealous bloggers and to clear customs at the church gate.

The bar has been raised, doctrinal deception requires going to a whole new level. And it has. Shallow and spiritually immature churchgoers are not the only victims. Solid, biblically grounded believers are also vulnerable to dangerous doctrines when they’re packaged in enough truth. The spiritual casualties in the church are widespread, creating a mission field right under our noses.

Reaction

I was thinking about the disciples hanging out with Jesus on a boat when a life-threatening storm erupts on the water. They’re unprepared to face it and, panicking, realize they might die. The entire time this is happening, Jesus is sleeping peacefully.

Instead of looking at Jesus’ reaction to their situation, the disciples allowed their situation to dictate their reactions.

After begging Jesus to do something, He calms the storm… But not before asking them, “Why are you afraid?”

His gentle rebuke over their lack of faith wasn’t because they didn’t believe Jesus could save them from the storm, but because they struggled to believe He would see them through it.

Whenever you find yourself overwhelmed by life, you always have two choices: you can focus on your circumstances, or fix your eyes on Jesus.

If you choose to look to Jesus above everything else, you will begin to see that the storms you face are not nearly as powerful as the Savior choosing to walk through the storm alongside you.

When we find ourselves in storms we can’t control, how do we respond with faith?

Pray

It seems as though worries are always there, always closing in on us. But worry isn’t productive. In fact, it’s a failure to trust God. The word worry comes from an Old English term that means “strangle” or “choke.” That is what worry does. It chokes us. Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.

We need to turn our worries into prayer. That requires developing a conditioned reflex. We all have natural reflexes, like when we touch something hot and immediately pull back. Then there’s a conditioned reflex, something that becomes natural after we’ve done it so many times. For instance, standing during the national anthem or placing your hand over your heart during the Pledge of Allegiance is a conditioned reflex.

We can’t control our universe, as hard as we may try, but we certainly can pray about it. The next time you’re tempted to worry, pray instead. Turn your worries into prayers.

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