The temptation to worry is something we all face. It is also something that Bible addresses. If you are one of those people who really struggle with worry, pay special attention to Psalm 37 as it shows how you can overcome it.
1- Trust In The Lord- vs. 3
Instead of trusting in yourself, make the choice to trust God. The reason we can trust in God is because of his faithfulness.
2- Delight In The Lord- vs. 4
The word “delight” means to spend time in enjoyment, to take pleasure in, or be sensitive towards. It carries with it the understanding that this delight comes directly from communion with God. If you ever get to the point where you are worrying about something and you are anxious about situations in your life, regardless of what they are, you need to delight in the Lord. Spend time with God and turn your focus back to him.
3- Commit Your Way To The Lord- vs. 5
This is tough. Give God the reigns. Turn the results of the problem over to God. Tell him that you will trust in him regardless of the outcome. Dedicate your life to following him no matter what happens. Committing your way to God is only possible when you realize that he is faithful.
4- Rest Patiently In The Lord- vs. 7
Resting in God means to be quiet, hold your peace, and stand still. It really means to stop trying to help God out. Stop offering advice, stop questioning, and stop aiding God. Just rest in him, rely on him, wait on him. Stop trying to fix the problem by yourself. Wait on God. If he really is in control, and he is, then leave it all in his hands. To do this you have to realize that he cares for you and is concerned about what you are going through. There is no concern that is too small and there is nothing too big. God is there!
Worry is dangerous. It can destroy your life. Don’t let circumstances control you and dictate your life. It boils down to the need you have to turn it all over to God. Trust God, delight in him, commit your way to him, and be still and wait on him to work.
Here are 5 of the best articles I read this week.
A beach. A hammock. A golf course. A fishing pole. What images go through your mind when you dream about retirement?Many consider rest and relaxation to be the primary activity of retirement. Or you might say that retirement is about the absence of activity for many.
But is this what God wants out of our post-paycheck years? Or does He want something different? Something better.
The golf course is good. So is the beach. And there are times to enjoy those things.But the Christian’s retirement should look different than most. How? Here are five ways:
I make no claims to be a preaching and teaching expert, but I’ve been a preacher and seminary professor for more than 20 years. All of us, beginning with me, can improve in communicating the gospel. See if any of these ideas will help you improve:
One of the tensions many of us wrestle with as leaders who are trying to navigate change happens when people tell us:
I want our church to grow. I just don’t want it to change.
Every time I hear or read that, my brain says “Ugh”. As much as I think that’s a dumb reality to live in, it’s a reality so many of us face in leadership. How do you respond when people want a church (or organization) to grow, but not change?
On September 30, 1888, “Jack the Ripper” murdered his third victim, Elizabeth Stride, only five miles from last Sunday’s terrorist attack in Finsbury Park. Terror seized Spurgeon’s London. Would the murders continue? Who would die next?
In the recent wake of suicide bombers, knife attacks, and runaway vehicles, here are five ways Spurgeon coped with terrorism in London:
By almost any metric, the majority of North American congregations are established churches. They often include discouraged leaders and frustrated members. Conflict in these churches is often normative.
So how does a church move from an inward drift to an outward focus? Though I provide ten succinct steps, I do not want to leave the reader with a false impression. I am not suggesting that these steps are necessarily sequential, nor am I suggesting that they are a quick-fix for any and every congregation.
The headline read, “Killed by Friendly Fire.” Pat Tillman was killed in 2004 in the mountains of Afghanistan not by the enemy, but accidentally by his own army. This was a tragic event that received nationwide attention. His death was mourned by thousands.
Unfortunately this happens within the Body of Christ each and every week. Doctrinally sound pastors and Christian leaders are shot, so-to-speak, by those in their own army — by other pastors and other Christian leaders. And while this is taking place, the real enemy sits back and laughs, free from any opposition.
In many cases we have lost sight of who the real enemy is. We get ready…..shoot……and then aim. We are duped into ‘sowing discord’, gossiping, and attacking others. The whole time this is taking place, we incorrectly believe that we are fighting for the sake of Christ. In reality, we have become a hindrance to the work of Christ.
There are several things we need to realize.
1- Satan is the real enemy, not each other.
2- Doctrinally sound pastors and churches are to be unified in fighting the enemy. This is done by focusing on the Gospel.
3- As has often been said, “If you can’t say something nice (edifying) about someone, don’t say anything at all.” This needs to be practiced. Sure there are times when doctrinal error needs to be pointed out, but here we are talking about non-doctrinal issues.
4- Understand that we each have a responsibility to pray for each other.
Pastors, let’s keep the crosshairs on the real enemy. Get Ready…..Aim…..THEN Shoot!