DO NOT WORRY

““For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life? And why are you worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith! Do not worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.
But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”
‭‭Matthew‬ ‭6:25-34‬ ‭

Matthew‬ ‭6:25-34‬

The God who Doesn’t Sleep Slept

Where Living Begins

Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep (Psalm 121:4).

One of the side effects of a 2006 car accident is occasional “glitches” where my brain short circuits in seizures. Each glitch results in confusion, memory loss, depression, loss of bodily functions, and insomnia. Recovery can last weeks.

A recent glitch left me with 3 weeks of an hour or two of sleep a day. Sleeplessness permits unending time to work, but also highlights the utter frailty of my humanity.

One of the unusual beliefs of cultists attached to early Christianity was that Jesus wasn’t human. They couldn’t reconcile an eternal God with humanness, and concluded that Jesus was only a spirit with an illusion of a body meant to deceive.

To combat this gnostic heresy known as Docetism, the gospel writers took great effort to emphasize Christ’s humanity. Jesus cried (John 11:35), thirsted (Matthew 27:48), could…

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The power less sought.

VOICE OF THE PERSECUTED

One of the most powerful and oft quoted Scriptures is also one of the Scriptures most quoted out of context. Consider 2 Cor 12:9. Typically when we quote a verse, we quote the whole verse. Yet for some strange reason (really not that strange) when we quote some verses we only quote a portion of it.

” And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.”

Now consider the rest of that Scripture ,

“Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”

The glory is in the midst of the “infirmity.” In fact we see that the power of God rests upon those who truly discover and encounter His strength in the midst of their weakness. We are never more weak or vulnerable when we are faced with disease…

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