Worry No More

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I Used to Be a HUGE Worrier

By God’s grace, I haven’t worried for eight or nine years.

CLICK BELOW for a short video on worry.

The video’s points:

  1. Matthew 6:34 -Consider Worry a Sin
  2. Psalm 103:19 -Remember God is Sovereign
  3. Mark 9:24 -Trust God to fix your Worrier

You don’t have to worry anymore.

God says that if you seek Him, He will let Himself be found (Jeremiah 29:13).

So seek Him. He’s already given you victory. Live it, in Him.

Others’ Tragedies Help Our Perspective

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Beth Moore wrote the forward to this sobering book. Especially sobering because of the dangerous world we live in today.

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Blessings,

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The Future of Today’s Public Vitriol

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THE FUTURE

That we live in a society where things are going from bad to worse should not surprise Christians, after all didn’t Paul warn of this? Look at what he says in 2 Timothy 3:13 “Evil people and impostors will become worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

If we look at all of chapter 3 we could outline it as follows:

  1. Expect difficult times in the end
  2. Expect to be persecuted
  3. Trust Scripture
  4. Be complete and equipped

Not exactly a harbinger of smiling times, eh?

So what does all this have to do with the public vitriol we see today? Simple!

Let me preface this by telling you that I hope I am wrong. I WANT to be wrong. I would LOVE for you to find this post in 3 years and say, “Mark, you are NOT a prophet! You completely got this wrong!”

THE NEW NORM

That being said, and meant, let me tell you my concern. I believe this public vitriol that we see on the news, in our politics, in our families, and yes, in our churches is becoming the new norm.

Now I’m not concerned about the unsaved “becoming worse” because I expect that. Paul said that above.

Look at my outline above. I’m not focused and therefore concerned about “difficult times” coming and “persecutions” coming. They are a fact of life.  My concern for the church is that we are missing the next two points. I don’t see us “trusting Scripture” and therefore, I don’t see us “complete and equipped” which tells me that we will cave to the pressures and the vitriol of the day when real difficulties and persecutions come our way.

Let me back up in time a few years. There is a reason that the Vision Statement for Common Thread Ministries was written as it is, “Rebuilding the foundations of prayer” (from Psalm 11:3). The reason is that when (not “if”) things get worse in your hometown, if your prayer life isn’t solid you will cave. And THAT is my concern for my Christian brothers and sisters.

Friends, this public vitriol is becoming the new norm, which, I suspect, will be focused upon the Christians before long. And my question is simple, “Are you ready?”

JESUS’ RESPONSE

Forgive me for stepping all the closer to your toes, but I must. If you think the cartoon above is the way to handle public vitriol, namely, giving-it-back just as hard as it comes to you, then you have forgotten Jesus’ example who, “when He was reviled, He did not revile in return; when He was suffering, He did not threaten but entrusted Himself to the One who judges justly.” 1 Peter 2:23

OUR HOPE

May I give you some hope? The hope comes in a “backdoor sort-of way” from Romans 8:6, which basically says that if I focus on the things of the flesh, I end up with death. But if I focus on the things of the spirit, I have life and peace (that’s a Mark Mirza Paraphrase). I believe that the best way to understand this verse is to look at it in reverse. This is what it is saying. Again, in Mark Mirza paraphrase:

If you do not have peace, I don’t care how “righteous” or “self-righteous” you are, you are NOT focusing on the things of the Spirit.

You might be asking where the hope is, and here’s the hope.

Let the verse be a simple wake-up call to you, that if you are NOT at peace, you simply need to go back to the Lord, go back to His comforting Word, for your focus has become the things the evil one wants you to focus on, namely, the things of the flesh, the angst, and the vitriol, which may soon be the new norm.

Let me take one possible argument away from you before the evil one convinces you to forget my plea to you, okay?

I am NOT SAYING, “do not be aware” of what is going where this vitriol is served up, I am merely saying, “Don’t FOCUS On It!”

DEALING WITH WORRY

Let me end with this. If you struggle with worry, go to my short 3 minute video where I address that subject for ALL of us:

Worry, You Don’t Gotta

 

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Worry, You Don’t Gotta

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This short video on worry should be a help to you.

I used to be a GREAT worrier until I learned a couple of key things:

  1. Consider Worry a Sin (Matthew 6:34)
  2. Remember God is Sovereign (Psalm 103:19)
  3. Then Trust God, Asking Him to Fix Your “Worrier” (Mark 9:24)

Listen to this 3 minute video and then trust God. After all, He says that He will change our heart (Deuteronomy 30:6) unto righteousness.

Blessings my friends,

 

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Drought & Fire Bring Troubles & Fears

AJC Articles that Residents Fear Drought and Fire

DROUGHT AND FIRE

Being in the prayer business I am expected to have a comment on these events. Let me share with you that my comments below are birthing out of a burden that I have for how men and women are handling these events.

MY BURDEN

But my burden isn’t moving me like I wish it did.

I wish my burden was one that moved me to stand before the fire and shout, “Stop! In Jesus Name.” Or to stand on the mountain and yell up into the sky, “Give rain now! In Jesus Name.”

But my friends, where my heart goes, is to this phrase by Paul in 2 Corinthians 7:5 “. . . troubles without, fears within. . . . ”

That Paul shares openly and honestly that he experienced this is comforting isn’t it? The great, forgive me, GREAT Paul, struggled with the same things you and I do.

THAT he struggled with them isn’t the issue, is it? No! The issue is what he did with the struggle.

AJC Article on Tate Residents FearPAUL’S STRUGGLE

Look at the list of “spiritual character-building struggles/issues” he faced in chapter 6 verses 4 thru 10. Looking closely at the list we see his outward troubles and his inward fears. And notice the variety in them, from endurance and beatings to being considered a deceiver.

OUR ENCOURAGEMENT

As you read his list of struggles and issues, remember what is coming in chapter 7 verse 6. The first 2 words are, “But God.”

I know it’s difficult to be in troubling situations when you find yourself, “scared to death.” I get that! “But God,” should give us a peace which completely transcends our understanding. Do you remember how? Look back at Philippians 4:6-7.

Be anxious for nothing. . . And you want to respond, “Sure, that’s easy for you to say, Mark, you don’t live in the mountains where this is going on!” Or maybe you want to lift your face to the heavens and shout, “Don’t You see what is going on! How can I NOT be anxious Lord!”

But then we remember that we come to Him, and somehow, He gives us a peace that completely transcends our understanding. But again I ask, HOW!!!

And the passage tells us, with prayers and petitions AND THANKSGIVINGS. . . Are you seeing that? If you dissect the verse I believe that it is telling us that we can actually thank the Lord for that which makes us anxious, IE, drought, fire, etc.

YOUR JOB

Yes, in the midst of your troubles and fears I am adding a directive for you to do.

Take a blank piece of paper and at the top of it write down that which is making you anxious, “Fire” or “Drought” etc. And then over the next few days, let the Lord lay upon your heart the things you can give thanks for BECAUSE OF the “Fire” and/or “Drought.” I promise you, it will give you a peace that will cause you to say, “Where did that peace come from?”

If you’ve read me very much you know I like to end my posts with, “Blessings my friends,” but may I change this post’s closing a bit?

Blessings to you my friend, as you thank Him FOR EVERYTHING (Ephesians 5:20),

 

Mark S Mirza

 

 

PS. You know, in my Historical Christian Fiction Novel, The Pray-ers, the men and women model prayer for us, showing us how to go through difficulties. Find it at www.ThePray-ers.com