Do you ever have days where you feel anxious? Where you find yourself worrying—maybe even terrified over the circumstances that try to hang over your life like a cloudy sky that never clears? I know that I’ve gone through seasons of life where I have felt this way and found it difficult to keep my mind out of the worry zone.
Maybe you know that the Bible tells us that worrying accomplishes nothing positive. Luke 12:25-26 “Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Of course not! And if worry can’t do little things like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?”The truth is worrying only steals from us. It steals sleep. It distracts us from the leading of the Holy Spirit and attempts to diminish God’s promises into just words. Anxiety can cause stress that manifests itself in multiple symptoms of sickness. It will lead to discouragement and could take you all the way to depression or worse. It can cause you to want to isolate yourself and tune out from people and life. That can lead to a lack of interaction with other Christians who would otherwise be a source of godly encouragement, reminding you of God’s love and care that we all desperately need. Bottom line: worrying is the pits no matter what it is your are worrying about.
Do you remember the story in Exodus, when the Lord led the Israelites out from the most horrible circumstances under Pharaoh’s repression? The Lord took them out of a miserable place, miraculously led by fire and a cloud. He split the Red Sea. He destroyed Pharaoh’s army. He rained down supernatural angel food—manna from Heaven. He caused water to flow from a rock. Their clothes and footwear supernaturally did not wear out the entire time they were in the desert—40 years! God continuously provided for them. They had little so they had little to protect. And their worries were strictly from their imagination about what they didn’t have.
I woke up very early this morning suddenly feeling anxious about a situation in my life. My mind was overly active and I could not return to sleep. I thought about these scriptures. I awoke, got on my knees, and began to worship the Lord and pray. I told the Lord, I am not going to let cares and worries drive me to this place. I cast this mountain of worry into the sea. You love me. You care for me. You are the one that helps and protects me. With thanksgiving I prayed verses from this chapter expressing my thanks for taking my life from a pit and leading me to a good place in Him. I prayed, Lord, I had nothing. Everything I have and every good thing in my life is because of you. I refuse to dishonor you by worrying. I will draw near in worship to you—the one who loves and cares for me. The clouds lifted. The anxiety I felt was crushed like a bug. God’s promises resounded loudly and my heart was refreshed. My faith was strengthened and my day launched with joy!Crush the worthless anxiety trying to come on you and let your trust in God soar!
Pastor Tim Burt
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