Matthew 7:24 - Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock.
An addendum to yesterday's blog! I had forgotten about the Oswald Chambers devotion for the day (May 23) and another message I received by David Wilkerson…both connected…naturally. Everything should be and really is connected to the Word of God, if we know Jesus as our Savior!
Oswald Chambers scripture for that day: ... do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on —Matthew 6:25.
This is all part of trusting in the Lord for all things. His Word is power, comfort, strength, wisdom, knowledge and so much more. When we worry about our lives and all our needs it places undue strain on us.
Tuesday morning we were reminded by a woman giving a testimony that fear is a sin. I've known this and am forever being reminded of it and yesterday morning it was that one thing out of many that she said that hit me right between the eyes. My thoughts were: Jesus as Savior, as perfect love, casts out all fear. Worry, anxiety and anything like that is a type of fear…and also a sin.
So what happens when we are faced with troubles of the world? Doesn't anxiety just sort of happen? That's why it's so important to have the Word of God at our fingertips and in our hearts, that we know we are not without help. That's why it needs to be spoken and impressed upon in our hearts…so anxiety is cast away.
But what kind of help can that be to us? The help may not come in the way we expect it. It may be just the peace that passes all understanding in a difficult situation. Don't forget that God's ways are not our ways, nor His thoughts like our thoughts. He knows best what our needs are. And I'm pretty sure (!) He thinks the first need we need to need is that relationship, that intimate knowledge of Jesus as our Lord and Savior; to have that new life in the Lord Jesus Christ.
Our God will provide when we need it most… and just what we need. We don't always need what we think we need. Physically we might need to take steps ourselves to make positive changes in the way we are treating our bodies (but the Lord will help us). Financially sometimes we have to make a concerted effort to cut back the spending. Then there are also times when God just miraculously provides…because He knows what we need and exactly when…even when it comes to our spiritual condition and health.
Fear of death can be replaced with comfort and peace knowing that spiritually, if we have the Lord Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we are saved. We need not fear the torment of an eternal life separated from God. So death should not be a fearful thing, if we know Jesus. If there's fear, we don't know Who it is waiting on the other side of our earthly life.
Fear, worry and anxiety, according to Chambers, is unbelief…and that, too, is a sin. We are told to let all these things go. Give it over to Jesus. Whenever we put other things first, there is confusion, Chambers states. Confusion causes the anxiety. Put Jesus first, put His Word in our hearts, know His Word and anxiety dissipates.
Know what the scriptures say. Take them to heart. Meditate on them. Not like yoga where you're supposed to empty your mind to get rid of the garbage and noise that enters minds and destroys serenity and peace. (Meditate is to reflect on, think on...how can you do that by emptying your mind?) We are to fill our minds with the things of God, the things that are good and true and just...things that bring comfort and peace. And He will bring them! Then speak them forth. Manifest them in your life.
And then also after writing the blog I came across this in my email from David Wilkerson. The message was called Building on the Rock. If we are not loving on Jesus, serving Him, obeying Him, meditating on His words, we are building our lives on sinking sand. That doesn't sound to hopeful and definitely would cause fear. He is to be our Rock, our strength. It is imperative that we spend time in the Word and in His presence to maintain that peace in life, that security, that strength for anything that arises.
See, it still is all about Jesus. I really don't know how many different ways there are to explain that everything is all about Jesus. He is our Word come to life. He is our truth. He is our shelter from storms. He is our strength, wisdom, peace, provision.
Colossians 2:2-3 - that [your] hearts may be encouraged, being knit together in love, and attaining to all riches of the full assurance of understanding, to the knowledge of the mystery of God, both of the Father and of Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.