• Samuel at Gilgal

    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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Samuel A CainConsider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! (Luke 12:27-28 ESV)

In the verses above, Jesus tells us that anxiety is inconsistent with His follower’s standing as believers and the children of God. Our Heavenly Father is perfectly aware of all our needs. Will He not supply them?

Consider the verses above. We have received a new nature in Christ Jesus. We are citizens of the kingdom of heaven. This new heavenly nature, we have been blessed with, now helps us to be at peace when we face the problems of daily life. We are blessed. We can rise from our beds each day and by the power of Christ within us, grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord. (2 Peter 3:18 ESV) God has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. (Ephesians 1:3 ESV) Jesus has said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” (John 14:27 ESV)

Our lives should be lived in praise unto the Lord because we know we are anchored in Christ. We can trust God for what we need because we are His creation. God’s generosity, which is bestowed upon the flower, will surely not be withheld from His children. Anxiety, however, is a characteristic of those Christians who have not grown enough in the knowledge of God. Therefore, their trust in God has not matured.

Instead of being anxious, “… seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.” (Luke 12:31 ESV) When you think about your life, food, or clothes (etc.) don’t worry over them. Make God the king over your circumstances and hand your situation over to Him. Seek the kingship of God first in every moment of life. The more significant His kingship becomes in our lives, the less anxiety we will have to endure.

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