Do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on.... Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? (Luck 12:22-25, NKJV)
**Takeaway: Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.... Fear not, I will help you. (Isaiah 41:10,13, NKJV)
**Takeaway: Fear not, I will help you.
I lift up my eyes to the hills--from where will my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The Lord is your keeper; the Lord is your shade at your right hand. The sun shall not strike you by day, nor the moon by night.(Psalm 121:1-6)
**Takeaway: He is always watching, never sleeping. He protects you day and night.
Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7, NKJV)
**Takeaway: Be anxious for nothing.
He Himself has said,"I will never leave you nor forsake you." So we may boldly say:"The LORD is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?" (Hebrews 13:5-6, NKJV)
**Takeaway: The Lord is my helper. I will not fear.
When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.... Fear not, for I am with you.... Thus says the Lord, who makes a way in the sea and a path through the mighty waters. (Isaiah 43:2,5,16, NKJV)
**Takeaway: Fear not, for I am with you.
The peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.... Whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things. (Philippians 4:7-8, NKJV)
**Takeaway: Whatever things are lovely... meditate on these things.
|WHEN YOU FEEL UNLOVED|
May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love; and may you be able to feel and understand, as all God's children should, how long, how wide, how deep, and how high his love really is; and to experience this love for yourselves, though it is so great that you will never see the end of it or fully konw or understand it. And so at last you will be filled up with God himself. (Ephesians 3:17-19)
**Takeaway: May your roots go down deep into the soil of God's marvelous love.
All praise to him who always loves us and who set us free from our sins by pouring out his lifeblood for us.... Because of what Christ has done, we have become gifts to God that he delights in, for as part of God's sovereign plan we were chosen from the beginning to be his. (Revelation 1:5; Ephesians 1:11)
**Takeaway: We have become gifts to God that he delights in.
When my bones were being formed, carefully put together in my mother's womb, when I was growing there in secret, you knew that I was there--you saw me before I was born. The days allotted to me had all been recorded in your book. (Psalm 139:15-16, TEV)
**Takeaway: When my bones were being formed, carefully put together in my mother's womb, you knew that I was there.
Hide your loved ones in the shelter of your presence, safe beneath your hand, safe from all conspiring men. Blessed is the Lord, for he has shown me that his never-failing love protects me like the walls of a fort. (Psalm 31:20-21)
**Takeaway: His never-failing love protects me like the walls of a fort.
I have created you and cared for you since you were born. I will be your God through all your lifetime, yes, even when your hair is white with age. I made you and I will care for you. I will carry you along and be your Savior.... The very hairs of your head are all numbered. (Isaiah 46:3-4; Matthew 10:30)
**Takeaway: I made you and I will be your God through all your lifetime.
The Father himself loves you dearly because you love me and believe that I came from the Father.... The Lord says, "I will make my people strong with power from me! They will go wherever they wish, and wherever they go they will be under my personal care". (John 16:27; Zechariah 10:12)
**Takeaway: My people will go wherever they wish, and wherever they go, they will be under my personal care.
We konw how much God loves us because we have felt his love and because we believe him when he tells us that he loves us dearly.... We need have no fear of someone who loves us perfectly; his perfect love for us eliminates all dread of what he might do to us. If we are afraid, it is for fear of what he might do to us and shows that we are not fully convinced that he really loves us. (1 John 4:16,18)
**Takeaway: His perfect love for us eliminates all dread of what he might do to us.
|WHEN YOU FEEL WEAK, INCAPABLE|
Three different times I begged God to make me well again. Each time he said, "No. But I am with you; that is all you need. My power shows up best in weak people." Now I am glad to boast about how weak I am; I am glad to be a living demonstration of Christ's power, instead of showing off my own power and abilities.... When I am weak, then I am strong--the less I have, the more I depend on him. (2 Corinthians 12:8-10)
**Takeaway: When I am weak, then I am strong. The less I have, the more I depend on him.
Even when we are too weak to have any faith left, he remains faithful to us and will help us, for he will always carry out his promises to us.... I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power. (2 Timothy 2:13; Philippians 4:13)
**Takeaway: I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power.
Christ is not weak in his dealings with you but is a mighty power within you. His weak, human body died on the cross, but now he lives by the mighty power of God. We, too, are weak in our bodies, as he was, but now we live and are strong, as he is, and have all of God's power to ues.... Strong is your arm! Strong is your hand! Your right hand is lifted high in glorious strength. (2 Corinthians 13:3-4; Psalm 89:13)
**Takeaway: Christ is a mighty power within you. We have all of God's power to use.
In your strength I can scale any wall, attack any troop.... He fills me with strength and protects me wherever I go. He gives me the surefootedness of a mountain goat upon the crags. He leads me safely along the top of the cliffs. (Psalm 18:29,32-33)
**Takeaway: He fills me with strength and protects me wherever I go.
I pray that you will begin to understand how incredibly great his power is to help those who believe him. It is that same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God's right hand in heaven. (Ephesians 1:19-20)
**Takeaway: God's power to help those who believe him is that same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead.
By your power I can crush an army; by your strength I leap over a wall... He causes the good to walk a steady tread like mountain goats upon the rocks.... You have made wide steps for my feet, to keep them from slipping.... No wonder I give thanks to you, O Lord.... God can do what men can't! (2 Samuel 22:30,34-37,50; Luke 18:27)
**Takeaway: God can do what men can't!
The Lord God is my strength; he will give me the speed of a deer and bring me safely over the mountains.... We never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our inner strength in the Lord is growing every day. (Habakkuk 3:19; 2 Corinthians 4:16)
**Takeaway: The Lord God is my strength.
|WHEN YOU FEEL DISSATISFIED|
Rich man! Proud man! Wise man! You must die like all the rest! You have no greater lease on life than foolish, stupid men. You must leave your wealth to others.... They cannot take it with them.... Lord, grant us peace; for all we have and are has come from you. (Psalm 49:10,14; Isaiah 26:12)
**Takeaway: Lord, grant us peace, for all we have and are has come from you.
The more lowly your serivce to others, the greater you are. To be the greatest, be a servant. But those who think themselves great shall be disappointed and humbled; and those who humble themselves shall be exalted. (Matthew 23:11-12)
**Takeaway: The more lowly your service to others, the greater you are.
There is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it.... The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. (1Timothy 6:6-7,10-11,NRSV)
**Takeaway: There is great gain in godliness with contentment.
They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of life that really is life. (1 Timothy 6:18-19, NRSV)
**Takeaway: Be liberal and generous so you may take hold of the life that is life indeed.
Long ago, even before he made the world, God chose us to be his very own.... God's purpose in this was that we should praise God and give glory to him for doing these mighty things for us.... All you ... who... trusted Christ, were marked as belonging to Christ by the Holy Spirit. (Ephesians 1:4,12-13)
**Takeaway: A Christian who doesn't amount to much in this world should be glad, for he is great in the Lord's sight.
A Christian who doesn't amount to much in this world should be glad, for he is great in the Lord's sight. (James 1:9)
**Takeaway: A Christian who doesn't amount to much in this world should be glad, for he is great in the Lord's sight.
All who humble themselves before the Lord shall be given every blessing and shall have wonderful peace.... It is better to have little and be godly than to own an evil man's wealth.... The Lord takes care of those he has forgiven.... Keep traveling steadily along his pathway and in due season he will honor you with every blessing. (Psalm 37:11,16-17,34)
**Takeaway: All who humble themselves before the Lord shall be given every blessing and shall have wonderful peace.
|WHEN YOU FEEL LIKE COMPLAINING|
He has showered down upon us the richness of his grace--for how well he understands us and knows what is best for us at all times. (Ephesians 1:8)
**Takeaway: How well he understands us and knows what is best for us at all times.
I said to myself, I'm going to quit complaining! I'll keep quiet, especially when the ungodly are around me. But as I stood there silently the turmoil within me grew to the bursting point. The more I mused, the hotter the fires inside. Then at last I spoke and pled with God: Lord, help me to realize how brief my time on earth will be. Help me to know that I am here for but a moment more.... Lord, I am speechless before you. I will not open my mouth to speak one word of complaint. (Psalm 39:1-4,9）
**Takeaway: Lord, help me to realize how brief my time on earth will be.
Since we have such a huge crowd of men of faith watching us from the grandstands, let us strip off anything that slows us down or holds us back, and especially those sins that wrap themselves so tightly around our feet and trip us up; and let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us. Keep your eyes on Jesus, our leader and instructor.... Think about his patience as sinful men did such terrible things to him. After all, you have never yet struggled against sin and temptation until you sweat great drops of blood. (Hebrews 12:1-4)
**Takeaway: Let us run with patience the particular race that God has set before us.