There's certainly not one person on the face of the earth who has not been buffeted with the perennial enemy called WORRY!


Almost everyone has had a worrisome appointment with this enemy, possibly brought about by the receipt of a sad, unpleasant, unsavory news; or a bad Doctor's report that had suddenly raised the blood pressure, and the body's breathing mechanisms. Worry, if not quickly checked could metamorphose into a mushroom-headed monster of many unprecipitated diseases that would attack the body and mind, with the certainty of its destructibility. In other words, Worry is not a friend. It is a silent killer. The loss of a job, or the means of livelihood through which the bills could be paid; the deterioration in the health situation of one, or a loved one, or the loss of a spouse's love to adultery or an affair that is now threatening the life of the marriage could beckon Worry on. These are just some of the situations that breed this enemy. There are certainly many more scenarios that you probably could think about, too! It is, therefore, safe to deduce that losses of any kind not curtailed or ineffectively managed will usher in Fear. And Fear, Worry!


Worry is not the evidence of a lack of faith. Rather, it is the indicator of the lack of trust in the limitless capabilities of the Almighty God! It is a TRUST issue.


Ask yourself: 'Do I REALLY trust in God's infinite capabilities?'


No one ever walked on water until Jesus Christ did. And in stark darkness on a sea! And when the impetuous Peter had witnessed the impossible being done, he had challenged the Master: "Bid me come!" The Master had invited him on, and at once, all thoughts of sinking or the impossibility of walking on a sea had left the protege. Peter too had walked on the sea. He had walked for a good while until the sea had become boisterous and choppy. Then, he had feared. And immediately had begun sinking. But Jesus Christ reached out to him and caught in, just in time. (See Matthew 14:22-36; Mark 6:45-56; John 6:16-24). Here's the worrisome spiritual equation:


1. Scenario that beckons upon Fear arises.

2. Fear, if entertained leads to Worry; and

3. Worry leads to sinking Death.


WHAT DID JESUS CHRIST TEACH ABOUT WORRY?

Matthew the Evangelist recorded this famous teaching of Christ Jesus:


"No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.


Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought of your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. is not the life more than meat?, and the body than raiment?


Behold, the fowls of the air; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?


Which of you by taking thought can take one cubit unto his stature?


And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin;


And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.


Wherefore, if God so clothed the grass of the field which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?"


These purple ones are not lilies but of the Augustifolia Hidcote family. However, the teaching is regardless of a particular species. It is not little faith that is the issue, but Fear seducing Worry to take over. Jesus didn't reprimand Peter for sinking, but for being afraid; for his state of being afraid had deprived the continuous on-working of his faith that helped him walk all that distance before he had quitted believing God that he was unsinkable! Yet the Master was nigh - and quick and ready to save the doubting Peter.


What does the story teach us?


Here's the bottom line: 'No matter how boisterous the wind is, and at whatever time it arises, teach me O, LORD, to not take my eyes off of Jesus Christ, the Author and the Finisher of my faith, that I sink not.' Amen!


Another lesson I have learned from Worry is that worrying NEVER solves any problem. Rather, it aggravates the situation. 'Which of you by taking thought can add a cubit unto his stature?' The phrase "taking thought" was the archaic expression: WORRY!


Possibly, the last lesson for me is to do all I can in my ability to increase my faith from little faith to greater faith. Because a greater faith certainly can withstand the onslaught of any boisterous wind far greater than a little faith.


How can this happen?


"So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God."


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As the Holy Spirit has instructed in June, I have been teaching upon the series: 'Godly Dating Tips'. You can avail yourself of these teachings freely at https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLwMpFxOEvygNohko5Yi3eFxvX1kxWObSQ Subscribe - and share freely!


WHAT GODLY DATING IS NOT!

The word 'dating' is NOT found in the scripture. That having been said, does that mean that the 21st century Christian cannot/must not date? Absolutely not! Which is one reason we are talking about the subject, so that I can help contribute the quota of the Heavenly revelation to me on the subject, thus helping to clear and dispel all controversies surrounding dating! Hence, for the major entities that dating is not, here's my countdown:


  1. GODLY dating is not marriage. At least not yet, if not yet. And it is not yet! Because you rarely know who you're meeting - or attracted to. When you're proposing to meet on a date, please, be cautious. Only meet strangers in public places. Maybe you could bring your friends with you. As you will discover I already have said in my video-teachings, that will serve as an extra advantage! Be very cautious;

  2. GODLY dating is not a hook-up scheme. Nor is it a one-night stand. Nor a one-afternoon chance, whether standing, sitting, bending, or twerking. Only children of darkness engage in any of these. Do NOT enter their car. Do NOT go home with them, nor enter their hotel room. Some who had had emerged with bruises and scars! I'm even talking about unseen emotional scars! Don't go that way (See Proverbs 4:14-15). Be holy. Be polished. be civil! Remember the son/daughter of who you are, as the proverbial African saying goes!

  3. Godly dating is not a covenant. It is an avenue to begin to get acquainted with someone of the opposite sex that you are attracted towards, for the possible end-result of marriage;

  4. Godly dating is not lowering your boundaries. If at all, you need to erect them, ramrod-style. Some people do not have boundaries. That only translates unhealthiness of the foundation of the friendship/relationship. You don't want to ever pursue someone without boundaries or lacking restraints. They are disasters-waiting-to-happen! You would be surprised at the sheer number of born-again Christians who are tongue-tied when it comes to voicing their opposition or liking; they cannot say an outright YES or a NO. Such are likened to the invertebrate creatures. Invertebraes possess a strange defense mechanism: Stings. Or Foul-smelling, thick squirts. Be warned!

  5. godly dating is not friends with benefits! I think that is self-explanatory! Or isn't it?

  6. Godly dating isn't signing away your choices and preferences. We all have the freedom to choose and have preferences. Don't you ever let anyone bully you into submitting your power of choice and preference!

  7. Godly dating is not un-committing your thoughts and desires into the hands of the LORD! (See Proverbs 3:5-7).


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