April 23, 2020
Are you feeling anxious? We are certainly in a time that can bring on feelings of anxiety. You may be anxious about going out in public, how your loved ones are faring, or how you are going to pay the next bill. What did Jesus have to say about anxiety? We can find the answer to that in Luke chapter 12, beginning in verse 22:
"Then he said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat; or about the body, what you will wear. For life is more than food and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: They don’t sow or reap; they don’t have a storeroom or a barn; yet God feeds them. Aren’t you worth much more than the birds? Can any of you add one moment to his life span by worrying? If then you’re not able to do even a little thing, why worry about the rest? Consider how the wildflowers grow: They don’t labor or spin thread. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these. If that’s how God clothes the grass, which is in the field today and is thrown into the furnace tomorrow, how much more will he do for you—you of little faith? Don’t strive for what you should eat and what you should drink, and don’t be anxious. For the Gentile world eagerly seeks all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be provided for you. Don’t be afraid, little flock, because your Father delights to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Make money-bags for yourselves that won't grow old, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."
Do you remember what Satan first tempted Jesus with after forty days in the wilderness? You guessed it, food. (Luke 4:3) Jesus relays to him the same message that he relayed to the disciples, life is about more than food. Speaking of that, the birds don't worry about food, because God provides that for them. Don't you think that God will provide for you too? Do you not think you are worth more to God than the birds? God cares and provides for His people. Amen! Now, remember that Jesus is speaking directly to people who are impoverished. Food and clothing is legitimately something that these people would worry about. Jesus is encouraging them to trust God to meet their needs. He asks them to consider the wildflowers clothing the grass, which is here today and gone tomorrow. The grass of the field was a common symbol representing the human lifespan in the old testament. "My days are like an evening shadow; I wither away like grass." (Ps 102:11) Jesus encourages the disciples to lean on God for their needs. God knows what you need to survive, He created you after all! Instead of worrying about these things, perhaps you can join in the cause and help your anxious neighbor by sharing in God's love: give them some food, give them some clothes. Encourage one another.
Heavenly Father, I am grateful that I can lean on you to meet my needs. I pray that I can encourage my neighbor, even in times that do not cause anxiety. God, you give me peace that passes understanding, and you take away my fears and anxieties. You are so good! May your will be done in my life. Lord, be with your church during this time of separation, even though we may not be able to meet physically, may we be able to communicate through various ways that you have afforded us. May we not drift from You, but grow closer and more dependable on You. In Jesus name I pray,
Bro. Bobby Sellers has offered to record sermons throughout the month of April. They will be posted on our facebook page and our website.
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Please continue to send Debby Duncan your prayer requests. She does a great job relaying the message to other members. Did you know that you can also visit our Faithlife community page and add a prayer to the prayer list?
Just go to https://faithlife.com/dmbc-g/activity and then on the right-hand side, you will see a Prayers Widget. Click the "Add" button, and you can add your prayer request!
Bible Study / Discussion
Are you interested in participating in a Bible Study? I have posted a short document starting in Acts 1. Click here to read it. I hope to use this as a platform for discussion and growth in God's Word. I encourage you to create a Faithlife account, as it is free, and there are many things that we can use this platform for.