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JUNE 3, 2007 

“WHY DO WE WASTE TIME WORRYING?”

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 41:1-10 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: ISAIAH 41:10 

   Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  

INTRO: A little girl’s prayer, “No sense both of us stay awake all night.” 

   When you are faced with a difficult situation, do you worry and stew about it or do you turn it over to God? 

   How often have we looked back following times of difficulties, only to see the hand of the Lord in everything? 

Psalm 37:23-24 (KJV) The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.  Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand.

   It is hard sometimes to see God hand in the picture when things seem to be falling apart all around us. 

   We must remember that the sun is always shinning even when the clouds hides it from our eyes. 

   Because the Bible teaches us not to worry, does this mean that we are to be filled with apathy? 

   What is the difference between worry and concern? 

   Worry leads to fear. 

   Fear will lead to doubt, doubt will lead to unbelief and unbelief will lead to sin. 

   Concern leads to action, the greatest action concern can take is prayer. 

   Concern does what it can and turns the rest over to God. 

ISAIAH 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  

I. TWO PARTS OF THIS VERSE ARE COMMANDS;  

   A.  THE FIRST COMMAND IS, “FEAR THOU NOT”. 

   God does not want His children to live in fear. 

1 John 4:18 (KJV) There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.  

NOTE: At least forty-nine times God tells His children “FEAR NOT”

2 Tim. 1:7 (KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  

   When we abide in fear we are not abiding in His love and our hearts are filled with worry and anxiety.

    B. THE SECOND COMMAND IS, “BE NOT DISMAYED”. 

   Dismayed is the Hebrew word, shaw-aw'; a primitive root; to gaze at or about (properly for help)

    God is telling us not to be looking around for help from some other source but rather to look to Him alone. 

   King Asa looked for help from other sources than God.   

2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV) For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.  

II. THERE ARE TWO FACTS STATED IN THIS VERSE: 

   When we accept these facts to be truth all fear and anxiety will leave our hearts and we will be filled with peace in spite of the circumstance we are in. 

A.    FACT ONE.  “FOR I AM WITH THEE.”

NOTE: This is not a promise it is a fact. 

    God is always with us, when we have Christ in our lives God is there. 

   Regardless of the circumstances we find ourselves in, we must believe the fact the God is with us and if He is with us all things are well. 

B.     FACT TWO.  “I AM THY GOD.”

Romans 8:31-32 (KJV) What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?  He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?  

NOTE: It is great to have God as our God. 

   There are many who worship a false God. 

   The more we know about our God, the great our faith will be. 

Jeremiah 32:27 (KJV) Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh: is there any thing too hard for me?

 III. THERE ARE THREE PROMISES IN THIS VERSE. 

A.      I WILL STRENGTHEN THEE.  

·         God will be our strength when we face our enemies. 

2 Samuel 22:40 (KJV) For thou hast girded me with strength to battle: them that rose up against me hast thou subdued under me.  

1 Samuel 17:47 (KJV) And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands.  

2 Chronicles 20:15 (KJV)  And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat, Thus saith the Lord unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God's.  

·         God will strength us when we become weary. 

Isaiah 40:31 (KJV) But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

 ·         God will be our strength when we are weak. 

2 Corinthians 12:9 (KJV) And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  

B.      I WILL HELP THEE. 

Psalm 40:17 (KJV) But I am poor and needy; yet the Lord thinketh upon me: thou art my help and my deliverer; make no tarrying, O my God.  

Isaiah 50:9 (KJV) Behold, the Lord God will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.

Hebrews 13:6 (KJV) So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.  

C.      I WILL UPHOLD THEE WITH THE RIGHT HAND OF MY RIGHTEOUSNESS. 

NOTE: The right hand speaks of power. 

   God will uphold us by the power of His righteousness. 

Deuteronomy 33:27 (KJV) The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms: and he shall thrust out the enemy from before thee; and shall say, Destroy them.  

Psalm 18:35 (KJV) Thou hast also given me the shield of thy salvation: and thy right hand hath holden me up, and thy gentleness hath made me great.  

Isaiah 46:4 (KJV) And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and will deliver you.  

CONCLUSION: There is no need to worry when we turn everything over to God. 

 

JUNE 10, 2007 

GOD’S PROTECTION AND PROVISION” 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 41:10-20 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: ISAIAH 41:10 

    Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.  

INTRO: This is not just a historical event; it is a living spiritual experience for all God’s children. 

   We are living in a time of fear. 

   Fear against attacks from terrorist and others. 

   Fear against high prices and the loss of everything we own. 

   God does not want us to live in fear.

2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV) For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

    Life at best is a struggle against fear. 

1.       Physically 

·         Health

·         Financially

·         Property failure 

2.       Mentally and Emotionally 

·         Family issues

·         Relationships

·         Disappointments

 3.       Spiritually 

·         Past sins

·         Present sins

·         Doubt

·         Apathy

 NOTE: We must realize that we are at war with Satan and sin.

   There are two things we need as we struggle through life: 

1.  PROTECTION 

2.  PROVISION 

   God wants to provide these for us if only we will put our trust in Him. 

I.  GOD’S PROTECTION. 

NOTE: We are in spiritual warfare.  Satan is attacking us on all fronts. 

·         From without the Church, persecution & temptation

·         From within the Church, apathy & compromise. 

Proverbs 18:10 (KJV) The name of the Lord is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.

 NOTE: God seeks to bring us under His protection but too often we fail to take advantage of His promises. 

2 Chronicles 16:9 (KJV) For the eyes of the Lord run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.  

   When we fail to place ourselves under God’s protection we are domed to face Satan and his attacks alone.

 Ephesians 6:10-18 (KJV) Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.  Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.  Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;  and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;  above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;  

   A.  GOD’S PROTECTION IN THE PAST. 

NOTE: Though out the Scriptures we see where God has protected His people. 

1. The Children of Israel at the Red Sea. 

Exodus 14:19-20 (KJV) And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

    God stands as a buffer between us as Satan.

2.  Elisha surrounded by the enemy.

 2 Kings 6:16-17 (KJV) And he answered, Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.
And Elisha prayed, and said, LORD, I pray thee, open his eyes, that he may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and, behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about Elisha.

 NOTE: We need our spiritual eyes open so we can see God’s protection. 

      3.  The Three Hebrew Children. 

Daniel 3:25 (KJV) He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.  

NOTE: God not only will protect us during times of difficulties, He will also be with us. 

4.       Paul and Silas in prison. 

Acts 16:25-26 (KJV) And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them. [26] And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one's bands were loosed.  

NOTE: We should be able to rejoice even when things go wrong because God has promised to be our protection.

    B.  GOD’S PROMISE OF PROTECTION NOW. 

Isaiah 59:19b (KJV)When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord shall lift up a standard against him.

 NOTE:  A flood can come against us in several ways.

   Satan comes against us in many different ways. 

1.       God has promised to fight our battles. 

2 Chronicles 32:8 (KJV) With him is an arm of flesh; but with us is the Lord our God to help us, and to fight our battles. And the people rested themselves upon the words of Hezekiah king of Judah.  

2.       God has promised to surround us with His presence. 

Psalm 34:7 (KJV) The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

 Psalm 91:4 (KJV) He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler.  

Psalm 125:2 (KJV) As the mountains are round about Jerusalem, so the Lord is round about his people from henceforth even for ever.  

Zechariah 2:5 (KJV) For I, saith the Lord, will be unto her a wall of fire round about, and will be the glory in the midst of her.

    C.  GOD’S PROMISE OF PROTECTION IN THE FUTURE. 

1.   God’s protection against the judgment of sin. 

Psalm 91:8 (KJV) Only with thine eyes shalt thou behold and see the reward of the wicked.  

Revelation 20:6 (KJV) Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.  

 

JUNE 17, 2007 

WHO IS YOUR FATHER

SCRIPTURE READING: PROVERBS 4:20-27

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: 1 JOHN 3:1 (KJV) Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is.  And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.  

INTRO: “WHO’S YOUR DADDY?” 

   A seminary professor was vacationing with his wife in Gatlinburg, TN. One morning, they were eating breakfast at a little restaurant, hoping to enjoy a quiet, family meal. While they were waiting for their food, they noticed a distinguished looking, white-haired man moving from table to table, visiting with the guests. The professor leaned over and whispered to his wife, "I hope he doesn't come over here." But sure enough, the man did come over to their table.

   “Where are you folks from?" he asked in a friendly voice.

   "Oklahoma," they answered.

   "Great to have you here in Tennessee," the stranger said. "What do you do for a living?"

   "I teach at a seminary," he replied.

   "Oh, so you teach preachers how to preach, do you? Well!, I've got a really great story for you." And with that, the gentleman pulled up a chair and sat down at the table with the couple.

   The professor groaned and thought to himself, "Great ... Just what I need ... another preacher story!"

   The man started, "See that mountain over there? (pointing out the restaurant window). Not far from the base of that mountain, there was a boy born to an unwed mother. He had a hard time growing up, because every place he went, he was always asked the same question, 'Hey boy, Who's your daddy?' Whether he was at school, in the grocery store or drug store, people would ask the same question, 'Who's your daddy?'

   He would hide at recess and lunchtime from other students. He would avoid going in to stores because that question hurt him so bad.

   "When he was about 12 years old, a new preacher came to his church. He would always go in late and slip out early to avoid hearing the question, 'Who's your daddy?' But one day, the new preacher said the benediction so fast he got caught and had to walk out with the crowd.

   Just about the time he got to the back door, the new preacher, not knowing anything about him, put his hand on his shoulder and asked him, Son, who's your daddy?

   The whole church got deathly quiet. He could feel every eye in the church looking at him. Now everyone would finally know the answer to the question, 'Who's your daddy?'

   "This new preacher, though, sensed the situation around him and using discernment that only the Holy Spirit could give, said the following to that scared little boy ... "Wait a minute! I know who you are. I see the family resemblance now. You are a child of God. "

   With that he patted the boy on his shoulder and said, "Boy, you've got a great inheritance. Go and claim it."

   "With that, the boy smiled for the first time in a long time and walked out the door a changed person. He was never the same again. Whenever anybody asked him, 'Who's your Daddy?' he'd just tell them, 'I'm a Child of God.'"

   The distinguished gentleman got up from the table and said, "Isn't that a great story?"

   The professor responded that it really was a great story!

   As the man turned to leave, he said, "You know, if that new preacher hadn't told me that I was one of God's children, I probably never would have amounted to anything!" And he walked away.

   The seminary professor and his wife were stunned. He called the waitress over & asked her, "Do you know who that man was who just left that was sitting at our table?"

   The waitress grinned and said, "Of course. Everybody here knows him. That's Ben Hooper. He's the former governor of Tennessee!"

   When you seem overcome with situations and circumstances, just remember who your Father is. 

   If you were arrested for being a Christian, what evidence would they be able to bring against you that would bring a conviction? 

·         Church attendance

·         Generous

·         Work in the church

   Our religious activities do not prove that we are a Christian; it is our daily lives that will either bring a verdict of guilty or innocent. 

   There are only two spiritual fathers; God the Father, who is father of all the redeemed and Satan the father of all those who are not redeemed.

    It is our every day conduct that reveals who our true father is. 

   There are seven parts of our body that we use that reveals who our true father is. 

Isaiah 33:15 (NIV) He who walks righteously and speaks what is right, who rejects gain from extortion and keeps his hand from accepting bribes, who stops his ears against plots of murder and shuts his eyes against contemplating evil, this is the man who will dwell on the heights, whose refuge will be the mountain fortress.  His bread will be supplied, and water will not fail him.  

ILL: “Be careful little eyes what you see.” 

1.      OUR EYES

NOTE: The eyes are called the window of the soul. 

Psalm 119:37 (NIV) Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word.  

   One of the ways the devil was able to get Eve to eat of the forbidden fruit was to first look at it. 

Genesis 3:6 (KJV) And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat.  

1 John 2:16 (KJV) For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world.  

   There are two ways in which we use our eyes: 

·         Physically

o        What we read.

o        What we watch on TV or the movies

o        Pornography 

Matthew 5:28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

    Jesus felt very strongly about the affect our eyes have upon our relationship with God. 

Matthew 5:29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

 ·         Spiritually

o        Our view of God

o        Our view of His Word 

   What we allow to past through our eyes will affect us in our relationship with God. 

2.      OUR EARS

What do we listen to? 

·         Music

·         Stories & jokes

·         Gossip, backbiting, grumbling and complaints 

3.      OUR MOUTH

 James 3:6, 9-10 (KJV) And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell… Therewith bless we God, even the Father; and therewith curse we men, which are made after the similitude of God.  Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be.  

Ephesians 4:29 (KJV) Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.  

Colossians 4:6 (KJV) Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.  

James 4:11 (KJV) Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of his brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.  

NOTE: How we talk to someone or about someone reveals who our father is. 

Psalm 141:3 (KJV) Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.  

4.      OUR HANDS

NOTE: Our hands represent what we do. 

John 9:4 (NIV) As long as it is day, we must do the work of him who sent me. Night is coming, when no one can work.  

   Are our hands busy or are they idle? 

Ecclesiastes 10:18 (KJV) By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through.  

   Do we use our hands to build up or do we use them to tear down. 

Ephesians 4:32 (KJV) And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.  

5.      OUR FEET

NOTE: Where do we enjoy spending our time? 

Psalm 37:23 (KJV) The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way.  

Psalm 122:1 (KJV) I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.  

NOTE: Do we come to the House of the Lord gladly or do we come dragging our feet? 

Psalm 56:13 (KJV) For thou hast delivered my soul from death: wilt not thou deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk before God in the light of the living?  

Psalm 119:105 (KJV) Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.  

6.      OUR MIND

Romans 8:6 (KJV) For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.  

NOTE: What kind of thoughts do we harbor in our minds? 

Proverbs 23:7 (KJV) For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he… 

Philippians 4:8 (KJV) Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.  

Titus 1:15 (KJV) Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.  

7.      OUR HEART

 NOTE: It is our heart, the things we love and desire, which control the rest of our body. 

Proverbs 4:23 (KJV) Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.  

Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  

Philippians 4:7 (KJV) And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

 CONCLUSION: Our heritage is shown more by our conduct than by our profession. 

 

JUNE 24, 2007 

GOD’S PROVISION 

SCRIPTURE READING: ISAIAH 41:10-20 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: PHILIPPIANS 4:19 (KJV)   

    But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.  

INTRO: The land of Judah had been laid desolate by the invading armies. 

   After the Assyrian army left the land was still ravaged. 

   There are lives that Satan and sin has left ravaged and desolate. 

   But God has promised to provide a renewal, to those who repent that will surpass what was before. 

Joel 2:21-27 (KJV) Fear not, O land; be glad and rejoice: for the Lord will do great things.  Be not afraid, ye beasts of the field: for the pastures of the wilderness do spring, for the tree beareth her fruit, the fig tree and the vine do yield their strength.  Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.  And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the fats shall overflow with wine and oil.  And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you.  And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.  And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed.  

   Many who come to Christ after living a life of sin and rebellion feel that their lives have nothing to offer God for service. 

   Satan seeks to rob us of all we have, but Jesus has come to restore and give us new life in Him. 

John 10:10 (KJV) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

   Satan offers death and ruin, Jesus offers life and joy. 

I. GOD WANTS TO PROVIDE US WITH TRUE JOY. 

NOTE: Sin will rob us of our joy. 

   God wants us to live a life filled with joy. 

   When we come to God with tears of repentance He turns our mourning into dancing. 

Psalm 30:11 (KJV) Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing: thou hast put off my sackcloth, and girded me with gladness;  

Psalm 51:8 (KJV) Make me to hear joy and gladness; that the bones which thou hast broken may rejoice.  

Psalm 51:12 (KJV) Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.  

John 15:11 (KJV) These things have I spoken unto you, that my joy might remain in you, and that your joy might be full.  

John 16:24 (KJV) Hitherto have ye asked nothing in my name: ask, and ye shall receive, that your joy may be full.

II. GOD WANTS TO PROVIDE US WITH PEACE. 

NOTE:  Sin will rob us of peace. 

      Nothing can rob a heart of its peace quite like a guilty conscience.  

Isaiah 57:20 (KJV) But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.  

Isaiah 48:22 (KJV) There is no peace, saith the Lord, unto the wicked.  

Isaiah 59:8 (KJV) The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace.  

The more we serve God the peace we possess. 

   God wants to provide us with true peace.

 John 14:27 (KJV) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.  

   How is the world’s peace different from the peace God gives? 

   The world’s peace is dependent upon circumstances; God’s peace is dependent on relationship. 

Psalm 29:11 (KJV) The Lord will give strength unto his people; the Lord will bless his people with peace.  

Psalm 119:165 (KJV) Great peace have they which love thy law: and nothing shall offend them.  

Isaiah 26:3 (KJV) Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.  

  We lose our peace when we break our relationship with God. 

Isaiah 48:18 (KJV) O that thou hadst hearkened to my commandments! then had thy peace been as a river, and thy righteousness as the waves of the sea:  

III. GOD IS OUR PROVISION FOR OUR PHYSICAL NEEDS. 

NOTE:  This does not mean that we have no responsibilities towards meeting our physical needs, but what it does mean is that we place our relationship with God above our desires for the thing of this world. 

   The wealth we gather in this world ends when our lives in the world ends. 

Matthew 6:19-21 (KJV) Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal: but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  

   Too often we allow the cares of this world to over shadow our relationship with God. 

   If we will put God first, He will take care of the things we need in this world. 

Matthew 6:24-34 (NIV) "No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money.

   "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 important than food, and the body more important than clothes?  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?  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

     "And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  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, O you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.  

CONCLUSION: Allow God to be your provider of Joy, Peace and the necessities of this world.

 

 

 

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