August 22, 2017

Matthew 6:33 (NLT) — 33 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

This verse is the antidote to worry and we are looking at a few verses in this chapter about what worry does to us. So continuing on:

Matthew 6:26 (NLT) — 26 Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?

According to this verse Jesus is saying the worry causes you to forget what you are worth. Have you ever watched birds? They look like they are enjoying life. They eat, chirp, fly and play tag with the squirrels!. They act like they don’t have a care in the world; that’s because they don’t. Their heavenly Father takes care of them. If you don’t think he feeds them go and count all of the bird feeders in Fergus Falls.

Our laws prohibit us from shooting them. You can even be fined and get jail time for killing those on the endangerd species list. And Jesus said we are more valuable to our Father than the birds. We know this to be true because our Father gave us a gift at Christmas that even the birds didn’t get > Jesus! And at Easter Jesus didn’t die for the birds. Listen to what the Bible says about us.

Ephesians 2:10 (NLT) — 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

Isaiah 49:15 (NLT) — 15 “Never! Can a mother forget her nursing child? Can she feel no love for the child she has borne? But even if that were possible, I would not forget you!

Zephaniah 3:17 (NLT) — 17 For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.

Our memory verse has a promise attached to it. Sometimes we don’t see the promise come to pass right away so we need to remember that faith and patience always go together until we see what is promised. Otherwise we will be tempted to worry that the promise won’t come to pass:)

Hebrews 6:12 (NLT) — 12 Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God’s promises because of their faith and endurance.

Hebrews 10:36 (NLT) — 36 Patient endurance is what you need now, so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that he has promised.

We are valuable to the Father. He will take care us.

Be Inspired Hilltop!