“Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrow; it empties today of its strength.” —Mary Engelbreit


Matthew 6:25-34 25

“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life 28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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God’s Timing is Perfect!


Sometimes it is easy to think that we can do all things in our own, then we stumble, get frustrated and we feel like life seems falling apart. We forget to pray! Pray about it! Often times, we’ve prayed, fasted, explored countless options and feel helpless because of “unanswered” prayers, well maybe we’re lacking of faith. FAITH and PRAYER must come together. Matthew 17:20 ‘’He replied, “Because you have so little faith.  I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Whenever I read this verse, it brings me peace while I wait! I know that sooner or later God will reveal His purpose in my life. Let’s pray and have faith while waiting, for God’s TIMING is PERFECT!

Patience is not just the ability to wait; it is the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting. WAITING is part of life. Often times we do not wait well and yet, we just complain when all we need to do is pray, have faith and believe that God will work wondrous in our lives. Let’s be PRAYERFUL and seek to obey God. There is nothing God doesn’t already know. He knows our deepest desires, our joys, pain and hopes. And He wants us to share those with Him. Prayer is the ray that connects us with God.

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How many times do I have forgive?


As believers, we will never experience joy-filled, victorious lives unless we are ready to forgive people. This is something we are going to have to do frequently, and according to Matthew 18:21-22, even repeatedly. The Lord tells us plainly in the Bible that if we will not forgive other people for the wrong things they have done against us, then God will not forgive the wrong things we have done against Him. See Matthew 6:14-15.
What kind of condition would we be in if God refused to forgive us? We could not possible have a proper relationship with Him. Everything in our lives would be stopped up. We like to think that we can stay angry with other people and yet go to God and receive forgiveness for our sins. But the Lord tells us in the Bible that this is not so.

Jesus taught us to pray,” And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven ( left, remitted, and let go of the debts, and have given up resentment against) our debtors” Matthew 6:12. God is a God of mercy, and this issue of forgiveness is very important to Him. He tells us repeatedly in His Word that if we want mercy, we have to give mercy.

In Matthew 18:21-22, Peter asked Jesus how many times he had to forgive his brother,” up to seven times?” Jesus” answer was not seven times, but seventy times that many.

I do not know about you, but I am glad God does not put a limit on how many times He will forgive us. How many of us have done the same wrong thing at least seventy times seven, and God has still forgiven us for it? We are willing to keep taking and taking forgiveness from God, but it is amazing how little we want to extend forgiveness to others. We freely accept mercy, yet it is surprising how rigid, legalistic, and merciless we can be toward others, especially if they have wronged us in some way. Yet the Bible says that the debt we owe God is much greater than any debt anyone may owe us.  Let us always remember how great God’s generosity is, especially in the area of forgiveness. Aim to forgive others as quickly, as often, and as generously as God forgives us.

”Sometimes forgiving someone can be very difficult, especially if that person has repeatedly hurt or offended us. Is there someone in your life you are having a hard time forgiving? Remember the gracious gift of God’s forgiveness to you. As you have received forgiveness, you are called to extend forgiveness to others. Ask God to help you forgive as you have been forgiven”

Let’s always pay an  attention to the message of the bible!

Pure- hearted and Powerful


 

God is seeking people who are pure in heart ( see Matthew 5:8) A person who has a pure heart, who is wholeheartedly serving God, is truly powerful. In Psalm 51:6, It tells us that having a pure heart means  having truth in our ” inner being” which is who we really are deep in our hearts. Having a pure heart starts with paying attention to our thoughts, because from our thoughts come our words, our emotions, our attitudes, and our motives.

It took me a long time to realize that God will not bless actions that are done out of wrong motives or an impure heart.

Purity of heart is not a natural trait; in most of us, it is something we must work on. First Thessalonians 4:3 teaches us to desire and work toward purity of heart because that is God’s will. This is a challenge that every believer should be excited about accepting, but we do not have to face it alone.

God has created us to be dependent upon Him, to bring Him our challenge and allow Him to help us with them. Only He knows what is in our hearts, and He is an expert at removing the worthless things from us while retaining the valuable.

There is a price to pay to have a pure heart, but there is also a reward. We do not have to be afraid to make the commitment to allow God to do a deep purifying work in us. We may not always feel comfortable about the truth He brings us, but if we do our part- facing it, accepting it, and allowing it to change us-He will make sure that we are blessed.