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Never has uncertainty been any greater than it is today in uncertain times, because as uncertain as things are of this, I am certain that God, almighty is still on his throne. I am certain that the word of God is true from page to page and cover to cover.
I am certain that every promise locked in these pages is good for a thousand generations.
I am certain that even though men on this earth may plan – and they may plot – and they may have devised schemes and try to control the things of this earth, it is God who exalts one, and it is God who uses men here on this earth.
I am certain that God is a healer.
I am certain that God is faithful.
I am certain that God is all sufficient.
I know that he has given his angels charge over me.
I know that he will protect me.
I know that he is a help to the helpless and hope to the hopeless.
I know that his goodness and his mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord forever. I know in whom I have believed and I believe that he is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that I can ask think or imagine I know who he is.
His name is Jesus Christ, and he is a resurrected savior, the son, of the living God the bright and the morning star the fairest of ten thousand the Lion of Judah and he is, a soon coming King of this I am certain.
And the reason I know is because his word has told me his Holy Spirit has confirmed in me, and I hear his voice saying, lift up your heads and rejoice your redemption draweth nigh, our God is a refuge and our God is a strength, and he is An ever present help in a time of trouble.
Jesus Christ loves you, and I know you may have issues and you, but you’re doing better than you think you are.
Somebody needs to know today.
You’re going to make it.
Somebody needs to know today you’re doing all right.
You may not be what you ought to be, but you’re not what you used to be, and you’re going to get there by God.’s grace don’t you give up don’t you quit and don’t you keep putting yourself down you’re doing better than you think.
You are here’s, the assurance that we have not that we would go through life without difficulty, not that we would go through life without struggle, not that we would go through life without some storm of some kind or some need arising, but that when we Go through life, we go through life with the promise that in our struggle he is our strength in our struggle.
He is our provider in our struggle. He is our healer in our struggle.
We have a firm foundation and Jesus is his name.
Ecclesiastes chapter 3 gives 28 times and seasons in life.
It says there’s a time to be born.
There’s a time to die.
There’s a time to laugh.
There’s a time to cry there,’s a time to dance.
There.’s a time to mourn there’s a time to gather there’s a time to to to to let go all kind.
It’s 28 different times in life.
The one time I can’t find in there is the time to quit. There is no time to quit in your life in this.
If you’ll keep going that’s, how you get to heaven tell somebody this is no time to quit.
You may have bars, you may have chains, but you’re still blessed, God loved.
You so much that he gave his only begotten son to die for you.
What shall we say of these things, if God before us, who can be against us, seeing that he has given us his only begotten son? How will he not give us all things? There is not one ounce of defeat in these words, so don’t you let the attitude of defeat come into you because God created you to be more than a conqueror.
You will go through a season of lack, but God created you to conquer lack.
You will go through a season of weakness, but God will bring you through that season of weakness stronger than you,’ve ever been before.
You need to understand what David said when he said it was good that I had been afflicted.
Why? Because it was in his affliction that he learned God’s, faithfulness.
It was in his affliction that he learned how to run into the secret place of the most high and dwell in the shadow of the almighty. It was in his affliction that he learned the words, God is a refuge and God is a strength.
The name of the Lord is a strong tower and the righteous run into it and are saved when you come into a season of struggle.
Like you,’re in right now do not be defeated because if you’re breathing and the sun is shining, then God has a purpose for you.
I’m speaking to families right now that don’t know what to do.
Turn to Jesus he’s for you.
I’m speaking to businessmen who are looking at the future forecast and they’re uncertain about where the provision is going to come from turn to Jesus.
He’s a business partner that will provide for you, but don’t.
Let defeatism enter your heart, your mind or your spirit, because we are more than conquerors through Christ.
It’s awfully hard. When I don’t understand what God is doing, it takes real faith to trust in God.
When I don’t understand why God has allowed certain things to happen, but I am convinced that God,’s, ways are better than my ways and I’m convinced that his ways are far wiser than my ways.
It’s one thing to worship: God, because you’ve got a nice house because you’ve got a nice car because everything’s good, because all your people are blessed that’s wonderful, but it’s another thing to worship, God, in Spite of trials and bars and chains and tribulations and heartbreaks and tears when you can do it, then when you can praise in pain when you can lift your voice and say the Lord gives the Lord takes away.
I don’t praise you because of I praise you in spite of my hardships, you’re worthy of the praise.
It’s not about you, it’s about him, do not be afraid.
We know all things work together for good.
When you have that attitude, it takes the adversity that you’re in and it shapes you and it molds you.
When you have that attitude, you look at struggle as a season for you to gain strength and for it to pour the rock ribbed confidence into your soul.
That God is on his throne, and everything is going to be all right.
When you have that attitude that we know all things work together, you can say this is the day that the Lord has made. Let us rejoice and be made glad in it, Because the man of faith has the promise of God that God is going to take care of him, that God is going to supply and the man of faith realizes that God has means that he isn’t Aware of God has resources that I don’t know anything about, and thus, though, things look to be hopeless and dark, yet I don’t look at the circumstances.
The man of faith looks at the Lord, who is above all of our circumstances, and he doesn’t look to his own abilities, but he looks to God’s, ability to take care of him and to supply for him, and thus he rejoices, because God Is on the throne, and God has promised to take care of me Today.
I want you to make the decision wherever you are to rejoice, rejoice that you’re saved, rejoice that the blood of Jesus is strong enough to conquer every sin and every shackle of shame in your past.
It is strong enough to conquer every disease and every sickness in your body.
It is strong enough to protect you.
You rejoice that God has a plan for you.
He has a plan to prosper you and not to harm you.
He has a plan that is far better than you could ask think or imagine rejoice that in the darkest of midnights, the name of the Lord is a light, and it is a salvation rejoice that, in the midst of the storm, you are worshiping the master of The wind rejoice that, in an hour of need, he is still El Shaddai, the all sufficient one rejoice that in a day of trouble, many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them out of them all child of God.
You have a reason to rejoice today, because we know all things they work together for good all things.
Aren’t good, but we have a God who’s greater and he said I’ll use it for good. All things work together.
An outlook that says if God is for me who can be against me if God loves me, if God cares for me, if he has a purpose for me, then no adversary, seen or unseen shall come near.
My dwelling, God is on the throne.
You have the promises of God.
The Lord will take care of you.
God has provisions that you don’t even know about, and so rejoice be lifted up.
That is the position that faith takes Above the circumstances, not looking at the circumstances, but looking to God who is in control.
So I want you to ask yourself: what is your outlook today? Are you determined? Are you in denial? Are you walking around in defeat don’t deny the problem because the problem is real, but the God that you serve is greater.
Don’t deny that the world needs Jesus. Now, more than ever, you see when you’re called according to God.’s purpose.
You call upon his name – and I assure you of this in his name, you find provision, you find peace, you find protection, you find direction, you find health, you find satisfaction, you find sufficiency, you find righteousness, you find comfort when you call upon the name of the Lord, that means that there’s not one hour of one day, that you will face one situation when Jehovah God, your God, the great I am, does not have the strength and the power to sustain you call upon his name, and he said I’ll Answer you and show you great and mighty things that you know not no matter what you face in this life as long as you can call upon Jesus, you can overcome anything.
I don’t know what you may be going through today.
It could be that you have that feeling that God, isn’t hearing you when you pray or maybe that you even feel worse than that that God doesn’t care that God isn’t concerned.
But I can assure you from the word of God that he does care and he is concerned, and he tells you to just cast all your cares on him because he does care for you, and so I would encourage you to look up quit.
Looking at the problem quit looking at the circumstances quit being overwhelmed by your weakness and ineptness to take care of the situation and look to God who has promised to take care of you and to provide all of your needs.
But I don’t see where you don’t have to.
He has resources.
You don’t know anything about.
When you face a problem that you can’t answer call upon Jehovah, because Jehovah Jireh means he’s, the God who can see there are men sitting in office, buildings that are empty, trying to see their way to a solution, call upon Jehovah Jireh. He sees your provision before you ask for the need, when the weight of the world has pulled you to your knees, and you’re about to break under the pressure of fear, call upon Jehovah Shalom.
He is the prince of peace and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will rule your heart and mind in Christ.
Jesus when you feel abandoned and alone call upon Jehovah Shama.
He’s, the God who’s there when your soul is barren and dry, and you’re searching for some form of satisfaction, call upon Jehovah Mckeddish because he is the living water who will satisfy.
If you’re needing healing call upon Jehovah Rophe.
He’s the healer, but whatever you do do not be defeated.
Do not live in denial, live in determination that God is for you and therefore no one can be against you.
When I look through the scriptures, every famine that happened, every economic downturn, every plague, every disease, the people of God – were sustained through every season that the world went through because they put their trust in him, because when your trust is in the Lord, you are secure.
You know it’s, easy to say that we trust God when everything’s good and everything’s happy and all is going according to plan.
We say oh yeah, I’m just trusting the Lord and look how good everything is, but it’s a whole other deal to trust God. When things are not so good, you see to trust.
God means you have to allow him to do what he wants to do, even if he fails – and you say well, he can’t fail, he’s, God and that’s the point he can’t fail.
Therefore, we must trust him enough to let him succeed, but to let him succeed on his terms and in his way, and in his time, not on my terms or in my way or in my timing, to trust, God is to say I’m going to Let God do what he wants to do.
Lord, I’m, not gon na argue with you.
I’m not gon na fight.
I’m not gon na resist.
I’m gon na.
Let you do what you know is best and I am not going to fear the outcome.
The Lord, the Lord is my shepherd and I shall not be in want.
In other words, God says I will take care of all your needs if you’ll. Just trust me.
The Lord is my shepherd.
I shall not want, and even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.
The bible says it like this in First Peter 4, 12, dear friends, don’t be surprised or shocked.
When you go through painful trials and fiery tests in life, the bible says in the world, you will have tribulation Second Corinthians, chapter 4, verses, 17 and 18 says this for our temporary.
Listen it’s not going to last.
Our temporary and momentary troubles will not last, but they are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all.
So we focus not on what is seen the problems around us, but on what is unseen, for what is seen is temporary.
It’s not going to last, but what is unseen is eternal.
Sometimes when you’re following Jesus, he leads you right into a storm. Remember in the new testament.
There are two times when the disciples found themselves in a storm in a boat.
They thought they were going to die both times, but they were in the storm.
They were in their trouble, not because they were doing things wrong.
They were in trouble because they were doing things right.
They were following Jesus, they were obeying what he told them to do.
They were following his directions and his directions led them right into a storm, but if they had not been in those storms, they would never have discovered truths about Jesus.
There were things that they saw about him.
They had never seen before, and they never could have learned them any other way, except by going through the storms that they experienced.
My tendency when it comes to storms is, I want to go around the storm. If I see it coming up on the horizon, I want to find a way around the trouble, but sometimes God wants to lead you straight into the middle of it all, because the Lord has his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and so you follow Him into the middle of it he says, trust me, because the Lord has his way in that when you are in the middle of the storm that’s, when you look for God, always look for God in the way, things are not in the way that You hope they will be, but look for God in the way things are because he is not waiting for you on the other side of the trouble waiting for you to figure it out and find your way through.
He is in the middle of it.
Walking with you working his way and his will, but you’ve got to trust him in it.
So when God says, do you trust me? Well, then you have a decision to make.
Will you allow him to do what he wants to do and not fear the outcome, because to fear the outcome says Lord, I don’t really quite trust.
You Will you allow him to do what he wants to do and not fear the outcome focus on what never changes in the days ahead.
That’ll give you stability.
Don’t focus on what’s ever changing, because we don’t know where it’s all going to end up.
You say: well what are the unchangeable truths that uh that aren’t I should focus on? Well, God sees everything I’m going through focus on that.
God cares about everything I’m going through that’s unchangeable, God sees, and he cares. God has the power to change what I’m going through.
He has the power to answer prayers, that’s unchangeable.
God always acts out of his goodness to me that’s never going to change.
No matter what happens, God is always going to act good to me.
God,’s plan is always better than my plan.
I may not see it, but it’s better because he’s a good God.
God will never stop loving me that’s never going to change in your life.
These are things you need to focus on the things that never change.
God.’s – love for me! God,’s, grace for me! God,’s! Goodness for me, Remember this! Remember that, no matter what I go through, God will go through it with me.
Every stage every phase, every crisis, no matter what I go through, God is gon na go through it with me. You will never really ever be alone, God is with you.
He’s with you right now.
God has never been closer to you than he is right now he’ll never be any further away than he is right now and remember the great promise of Isaiah 43 verse 2.
When you go through deep waters, I will be with you When you pass through the rivers of difficulty.
You will not drown when you walk through the fire, you will not be burned up.
It will not consume you that’s.
What you want to focus on Maybe a little less listening to the internet and a little bit more listening to God.
That will give you confidence that will give you stability that will replace your panic with prayer.
It will replace your worry with worship.
It will replace your anxiety with adoration. You have to believe that.
God knows what is best, that he will not abandon you.
He will not let go of you that you will not be destroyed by this trouble.
You have to take him at his word when he says I will never leave you or abandon you.
You have to take him at his word when he says I take all things and work them together for your good, the seed of faith.
The seed of faith planted in the soil of adversity under the watchful eye of the gardener will bring forth life and beauty in its season.
The bible says that God makes all things beautiful in their time.
The trouble that you are in will not last The trouble.
Will not last it is light and momentary compared to the eternal glory that awaits you.
It is all about your perspective. How you see the trouble is how you will face the trouble.
If you see it in fear, you’ll face it in fear.
If you see it in doubt, you’ll face it in doubt.
If you see it in faith, you will face it in faith, so don’t see it as the end see it as the beginning.
You have to look through eyes of faith through a lens of hope.
A lens of expectation remember.
This is not the end of the story, because we don’t know what the future holds, but we do know who holds the future.
We don’t know all that’s going to go ahead, but we’re not frightened by it, because we know the end of the story.
We’ve read the last chapter of the book.
We know that God is in control. We know that.
God is not surprised by this that, God is bigger than this, and Romans 8 28 is still true.
All things work together for the good of those who love God with the called according to his purpose.
If the truth be told, we were being totally honest.
Most of us, don’t like waiting, Particularly if we’re waiting for something to change or something to get better waiting, can be a very frustrating experience.
But the worst kind of waiting of all is waiting on God.
When God forces you to wait for things to get better in your life, for things to improve, to change to reverse and nothing is happening, and yet over and over and over and over and over again in the bible, we’re told to wait on the Lord, the most difficult place for you to be in life is, in God,’s waiting room in God,’s waiting room.
Some of you are, in God,’s waiting room right now.
What is God?’s waiting room when you’re in a hurry for something to happen, and God isn’t that’s, God’s waiting room.
Some of you are in a hurry to graduate some of you are in a hurry to get married. Some of you are in a hurry to start a family.
Some of you are in a hurry to launch a new business to to close a big deal, some of you in a hurry for a big goal, a big dream, a big accomplishment.
Some of you are in a hurry for all kinds of different things and God isn’t we as human beings hate to wait and we especially struggle with waiting on God.
Have you ever been in a hurry when God wasn’t and your God? I know you’re going to come through and I’m praying this really Godly prayer.
I know it’s your will.
So, where are you why aren’t you coming through and you’re in the waiting room of life and we get so impatient? We want to hurry God up and we want things right now and some of you been waiting for God to come through and you’re about to give up, and you’re getting discouraged, and you realize that God,’s standard time is not always Running on my time, and it’s in the waiting rooms of life, we learn to trust God, the most in those difficult waiting rooms of life that’s where God grows us and builds our character the most through the pain of waiting.
We learn to trust God and without faith it’s impossible to please God that’s when he builds our character.
You see, while you’re working on your project, your goal, your dream, your vision, God’s, working on you and God’s.
Much more interested in you than in what you’re trying to accomplish, because you’re not taking your accomplishments to heaven, but you are taking your character and sometimes God says yeah.
I intend to give you what I’ve promised you. I intend to answer that prayer.
I intend to fulfill the vision, but you’re not ready.
Yet I want you to grow and when you’re ready, then it’s going to happen a lot of times.
We think we’re waiting on God for something to happen.
Like a prayer to be answered, God says you’re not waiting on me.
I’m waiting on you.
I’m trying to prepare you.
I’m testing your faith.
Will you trust me, but I’m also trying to grow you up because the blessing I want to give you so much bigger than you can handle right now you’re not ready for it.
You can’t handle it yet. Another thing you have to learn in life is that a delay is not a denial.
There’s a big difference between no and not yet now immature children, don’t know the difference.
You tell a kid not yet they start crying and having a hissy fit because they think it means no.
They don’t understand a delay is not a denial.
God is saying I I intend to do these things in your life that I’ve.
Given you the vision, the dream to do, but you’re just not ready yet and at the right time I will answer your prayer.
God’s, often waiting on us now.
Why is this important? Because when you’re in God,’s waiting room, you fall temptation to all kinds of negative emotions.
You start worrying, you start stressing out you get anxious, you get irritable, you get spiritual, add you can get envious, you can get jealous hey.
He got a promotion. I didn’t get the promotion she’s.
Having a baby, I’m not having a baby.
She got engaged.
I didn’t get engaged, he’s, starting a new business that’s taken off.
What about mine and and all these kind of negative emotions can come into your life and then you get frustrated, and then you start having a pity party.
So what does God want you to do when you’re in the waiting room of life and because you’re going to go through it many many times? God is not a vending machine where you put in the prayer and then you pull the thing and you instantly get it there.’s always a delay.
The delays are by design.
The delays are by design to teach you to trust him and to grow up in your character.
Hey a delay is not a denial.
There’s a big difference between no and not yet for those of your parents. You understand this.
There’s a big difference between telling your kids no and not yet it’s just not time yet and a delay is not a denial.
We see it all through scriptures, God told Noah to build a boat that would save his family from a great flood, but it didn’t rain for 120 years, God told Abraham.
He’d be the father of a great nation, but he didn’t have his first child until he was 99 years old.
God told Moses that he would lead the people out of slavery from Egypt.
They’d been in for over 450 years, but then God sends Moses out into the desert for 40 years to wait.
God gives Joseph this great dream that he’ll save his family and his people from famine, and he’ll be a great leader, but then Joseph gets sold into slavery.
He gets falsely, accused and imprisoned and he’s waiting there in prison until.
Finally, God takes him from prison and positions.
Him second in command in all of Egypt, and the promise comes true King David God had King David anointed as king, but he didn’t really get to be king. Until years later, even Jesus Christ spent his first 30 years waiting in a carpentry shop before he started his earthly ministry.
See a delay is not a denial When God delays.
Sometimes we feel forgotten.
Psalm 13 1 says how long o Lord? Will you forget me forever? You come to a point, sometimes of believing that God has forgotten you don’t.
Worry it’s a common experience.
We all go through it, one time or another feeling that God isn’t there or at the very least he’s forgotten us.
Perhaps our problems – aren’t important to him.
We imagine the Psalmist encounters those very doubts in Psalm, chapter 10 and verse 1 here’s what he says there.
Why do you stand afar off? Oh Lord, why do you hide in times of trouble? What you believe is that he has given up on you.
You may even be feeling that way right now. If so, please allow me to remind you that what you’re contemplating is a simple impossibility.
God never gives up on you.
He never ceases to care about you and he will not abandon his work on you, of which your trial is a part.
He even says that your name is written on the palms of his hands.
Your very name is tattooed.
On the palms of God,’s hands, it is engraved there, it cannot be removed and such is God,’s concern for you.
He cannot forget you, no matter what storm you’re weathering.
Now you have never left God’s, mind or his heart.
Yes, sometimes when God delays, we feel forgotten, but God never delays without a purpose.
He knows you, he knows your heart. He knows everything you’re asking him for.
If he’s not doing what you think, he should do just be patient because God loves you.
Don’t forget he’s got your name tattooed on his palm.
He knows who you are, he hasn’t forgotten, and he never will that.
Often God’s, timing disappoints us, you know there’s, something maybe something you’ve been praying about for a long time, and you really you need an answer.
Maybe you’ve been um, praying for something really specific and you needed God to show up within a particular time frame.
You know it’s an urgent need and he doesn’t when God doesn’t answer.
When you need him to.
I wonder what conclusions do you come to? Do you think to yourself you know, did I do something wrong? Did I ask the wrong way? Do you find yourself asking? Does God even hear my prayers? So often we think when God doesn’t answer in our way or in our time that it’s because he doesn’t love. Us God loves you.
He doesn’t love anybody else, one grain of sand more than he loves you.
You know in those darkest moments of life.
I want you to hear Jesus looking right through your fear and saying to you trust me.
I am right here, God,’s.
Timing might not have been everything you hoped for in your life, but I hope you understand that you can trust the one who keeps the time clock.
We don’t like to trust somebody else’s timing.
Why? Because if we lose control – and so we’d rather than trust God because trusting God means my goodness – I actually have to trust God.
We’d rather go.
Listen. I, like the plan and purpose you have for my life, but can we do it my way and here’s the funny thing now that I’m a parent, I recognize in my children that they don’t like it to wait on my timing.
They don’t like to wait.
They don’t like to chill and be patient, but the thing is if they would just trust my timing, they would recognize it’s for their good.
It’s for them to be blessed and prosperous, and so you can live life frustrated.
Anxious stressed out angry or you can rest and go God.
I have to trust in your timing.
Just trust his timing.
Why? Because it’ll give you peace, it’ll, give you rest and it will help you to remove all disappointment and hurt and bitterness from your heart, because you’ll know actually God’s in control of my life.
Why didn’t, God just tell you everything that’s gon na happen in your life right up front? Well, I think there are two or three reasons.
First, it would overwhelm you probably scare you to death, but the real reason. God, doesn’t announce his timetable to you.
Is he wants you to trust him? He says just live one day at a time.
Trust me I.
I’m a good God.
I’m a loving God.
Everything I do in your life is for love, but you just got to trust me in acts.
Chapter 1 in the bible the bible says this Jesus said in verse, 7.
You don’t get to know the time.
Timing is the father’s business.
So you’re just not ever going to know stuff in advance. You don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow in your life, much less the rest of your life.
God does not tell us the details in advance.
He has a timetable for your life, but he doesn’t tell you the details in advance.
If you could understand why, God does everything, God does you’d, be God, God,’s, timing, isn, 39, t good it’s perfect, because he knows all the details.
He knows past present future.
He knows what we need.
What we want, what’s? The wisest thing to do you can never go wrong waiting upon God,’s.
Timing! If I’m going to wait upon God, I’ve got to trust him, because my waiting is saying I’m trusting you, God that your timing is better than mine.
You know what I do not know.
Your time is always right, and so I’m going to trust you and I’m, going to wait till you give me permission to go there. I’ll do this.
I have that or buy the other.
It isn’t that God’s trying to deprive us of anything.
He only wants what is best for us, so it takes faith and what I mean by that is simply this.
Am I willing to trust God for his timing before I make a decision? Just imagine how amazing life would be if we could trust God all the time in every thing, all the time in every thing and trusting God means that we stop trying to make things happen ourselves and we wait on God how many love waiting.
We wait on.
God it’s a painful word even to say it and God doesn’t do it when we’d, like him to or the way we’d like him to.
But I can promise you today if you will keep your eyes on God and trust him to be your recompense and to be your reward and to be your vindicator, you will get double blessings for your former trouble.
Trusting him doesn’t mean I’m.
Gon na get what I want when I want it trusting him says. I believe that when the timing is right, God will provide what I’m asking him.
For you know, broken hearts do mend bodies do heal, disappointment turns into new dreams, and the end of one thing can open the door for something new.
If we will just put our trust in God, you know what, if you’re still here on the planet, God’s got a plan for you.
It seems to you, like God,’s, forgotten all about you.
Well, he hasn’t he hears you and he sees you.
Can I tell you today that you’re, not invisible.
God knows exactly where you’re at and he knows exactly what’s going on in your life and he knows exactly how much you can take and how much you can’t take and he may not be early, but he won.’t be late, God,’s.
Timing is always perfect.
Do I believe that he has our best interest at heart? If I believe that I’m going to wait but watch this somebody says I don’t have any time to waste.
You never waste time waiting on God. Never You always find out that his timing is always the right time.
Let’s start in Matthew.
Jesus is speaking.
He said I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you’ll, eat, or drink, or about your body, what you’ll wear, who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life, and why do you worry about clothes? Oh, you have little faith, so do not worry saying what shall we eat or what shall we drink or what shall we wear but seek first, his kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well.
Therefore, do not worry about tomorrow.
For tomorrow will worry about itself.
Each day has enough trouble of its own and then in Philippians 4.
Do not be anxious about anything but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving presents your request to God and the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ.
Jesus Jesus said very plainly: very repetitively. Do not worry.
I’m of the opinion.
If Jesus says not to do something, he has our best interest at heart.
He’s not being meddlesome.
He’s not trying to limit us.
He’s concerned about our well being and we’ve missed something.
Something has eluded us.
We have tolerated something in our lives in our thoughts in our emotions, we’ve tolerated something allowed it to flourish.
That, in reality is destructive.
That Jesus has said don’t do that That we are so twisted and tied up and and melting down in our own worries and problems, and we forget that we have a heavenly father right there saying do you want my help and we just got to Say I want your help and trust that he can do what he needs to do. Let him do the work that needs to be done.
Look if you’re counting on yourself to solve all of your problems.
Then, of course, you’re worried and stressed out it doesn’t matter how strong or wise or capable how charismatic you are it doesn’t matter how much wealth or influence you have.
You are not designed to be able to take on everything and handle everything.
You will have more problems come at you than what you are capable of handling.
When you carry the responsibility of everything, then you have to do everything you have to find the solutions you have to choose the right direction.
You have to power through problems.
You have to plan for the future, make adjustments you have to do all of it at the speed of life yeah.
You’re stressed out.
You’re worried of course, but God does not want you to do it on your own. He wants you to recognize that he is there to lead you to walk you through to guide you through every step of the way, and – and here’s the deal he doesn’t want to just give you every resource that you need to get through.
Your problems, he wants to be what you need in every situation.
It’s, amazing the problems that are solved the moment that you decide to trust God in everything, because when you trust God, you don’t have to try to figure anything out anymore.
As you lean on him, then you take the pressure off of yourself, because you don’t have to try to figure stuff out you don’t have to try to change things that you’ve already tried a million times to change and the more You try to change the more frustrated it makes you because you can just finally say.
Well God, I’m trusting you with this, and if you can’t change it, then I guess it.
Don’t need to be changed.
The only way you can learn to stop worrying and stop trying to figure things out and stop being jealous of what other people have and is.
I just honestly think that, in addition to studying the word, I think that we just have to try it our way.
Long enough to finally just get worn out enough to just say: okay God I surrendered, do you know the beginning? You know the end and everything in between you know every flaw that I have every fault that I have.
You know every weakness that I have as well as my strengths. I surrendered so many times.
I’ve just said God.
I don’t know what to do God, I’m overwhelmed or God I’m in over my head, and you know I’ve said this many times.
God help please it doesn’t have to be long.
It doesn’t have to be eloquent.
I don’t have to have the answers or the solutions.
I just need to go to the one who does have the answers? Hey.
Have you ever been on an emotional roller coaster? I I mean you’re.
Just up you,’re down, you’re this way, and you know what God says I’ll take care of that you ever go to bed thinking about it.
Wake up in the middle of the night! Thinking about it in the morning you get up! You’re thinking about it, man, it has captured your thinking. God says I’ll, take your emotion and your thinking through Christ.
Jesus first Peter 5, 7 says cast all your cares on him because he cares for you and what that means is that we take all of our problems and our worries and we choose to place it in God:’s, hands and say.
I trust that you will handle the outcome.
Are you confident that you can take your problems and your worries and place it in God,’s hands and that he can handle? Everything worry is the anticipation of the negative.
There’s a relationship between faith and worry it’s in verse.
Faith diminishes as worry flourishes or, as your faith flourishes, your worry will diminish worry is the negative expression of what faith in God is.
One of them would be.
I don’t want Jesus to ever.
Look at me and use my name and person of little faith in the same sentence.
Do you I want to be a man of faith. Where are you saying I don’t think God can handle this, so I’m going to pick it up and I’m going to invest emotional energy.
In my thoughts and my anxiety, I’m not going to change the outcome a bit.
Jesus said you can’t add one hour to your life.
God can add years.
God has the best solution for all of our problems.
He sees and knows everything he sees the future.
He understands every angle of what is going on in your life right now.
He understands how people are viewing it and perceiving it.
He sees the best solution to your problems.
He’s incredibly wise. When I worry, I am basically saying I am afraid that my life is not going to be that I the way that I wanted to, but when I trust that God has the best solution, I am saying God I I believe that you have the best way For me, even if it’s not the path that I chose or that I came up with, and we can trust that if we follow God and if we trust him, he will give us every resource that we need every step of the way and that At the end, he can turn that into something, wonderful and beautiful, and let me tell you if you have someone who loves you enough and who is strong enough and who has the best solution? What do you have to worry about See? The reason that worry exists so often is because we just think it’s normal.
It’s, not normal.
It’s common, but it’s not normal.
It doesn’t have to be in our life and it’s.
It’s, robbing us of God.
It’s robbing us of our family.
It distracts me from God and people it robs me of my joy and it exists because I allow it to exist.
Listen to what I’m saying.
Worry exists and anxiety exists because we allow it.
We are in complete control of our lives. God would never command us to do something that we don’t have.
The ability to do worry is a choice, and trust is a choice.
You can’t do both.
At the same time, you have to choose to put your trust in God.
Put the full weight of your problems and your life and your future into his hands and let him carry it worry and anxiety means the devil has implanted something in your life that’s just sitting there intimidating you, and because of that, you can’t Focus on God and the people that you love and that’s the greatest problem with worry and anxiety.
It robs you of your ability to worship, to love the people that you love, so it’s an enemy.
The root of all fear, worry and anxiety is an orphan spirit, because orphans are on their own and they have to take care of their own problems, and the devil wants you to feel as, though that you’re on your own, and you have to solve Your own problems, you have the best father in the universe, stop grieving over the father.
You didn’t have and start rejoicing that you have the best father in the universe and he loves helping you process anything in your life.
Nothing is too small.
Nothing is too large; he just enjoys the ride. He just enjoys the relationship and, as we’re sitting here, obsessing about something, what it means is we’re wasting the relationship.
He does see your problems and he wants to help you God.’s.
Love is for you is so immense, and that means that you can come to him with anything and everything we don’t have to lead lives that are defined by worry and anxiety and fear.
Doesn’t mean those things won,’t come and they may even come with justification, but Jesus said we don’t have to worry about them.
He is my provider, he is my protector, he is my promoter, he is the person that I long for in every relationship.
He is the place that I look to to find home.
He is my professor to reveal beautiful new things to me.
He is everything that I need and everything that I long for when I go to him, The key to peace is not being able to solve every problem.
The key to peace is resting in who, God is When we give God control.
There is a beautiful promise that he will never leave or forsake you man. We can walk in that path in that promise towards peace.
He doesn’t want you to be overwhelmed with worry and problems.
He wants you to be overwhelmed with his love for you and you may be saying: look you don’t understand how many problems I have how many issues and how much I’ve gone through.
Well, you know what God says: no matter what you have.
I want to take all of your problems.
All of your worries, all of your failures, all of your sin, all of your brokenness give it to me because I can handle it and the truth is only I can handle it 365 times.
The bible says: fear not that’s a fear not for every day of the year.
Fear paralyzes, it makes you spiritually, immobile.
Fear produces pain when there is no hurt fear binds without cords.
Fear hinders what hell can’t halt. Fear binds your friend and loses your enemy.
What faith does to God, fear does to the devil.
Fear sees obstacles, not opportunities.
Fear is a magnet to call in everything opposite of what God wants to do in your life.
Why Job said the thing that I feared the most has come upon me when you enter into a life of fear, you attract the thing that you hate.
We do not have to fear, because when God is near, we don’t have to live a life tormented with fear to Zachariah.
The message was fear.
Not your prayers have been heard to Mary.
The message was fear. Not Mary don’t be afraid, because you have found divine favor with God to the shepherds.
The message was fear not exceeding great joy is coming in your future and to the message to Joseph was fear.
Not what is happening in your life is being birthed by the Holy Spirit himself.
Fear, not because your prayers have been heard.
Fear not because you have obtained the divine favor of God upon your life.
Fear not because exceeding joy is coming in your future and fear.
Not because what God is doing is supernaturally birthing, something in and through you by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Great joy is coming don’t rejoice about just what you’ve got rejoice about what you got rid of – and I’m here today to tell you you don’t have to be afraid, because your past is partined fear not because your present Is powerful but don’t stop there fear not because your future is promised.
Have you forgotten that we’re headed to a city where the lamb is the light, and there is no sorrow there is no tears.
There is no sickness, death or dying fear. Not death fear not devils, fear, not disease, fear not calamity.
Why? Because he is Emmanuel.
He Emmanuel means three things: he’s, God in us.
He’s, God with us, but many of you have forgotten the third thing: he’s, God who is for us.
God is not just with you and in you, but somebody needs to hear this today.
God is for you.
He knows what you’ve done.
He knows who you are, and he still wants you to know.
I’m, not against you.
I’m with you I’m in you, and I am for you stop thinking I’m trying to get you back. I’m for you, I’m, for you, The realization of the presence of the Lord with us.
What a great comfort to have the Lord say, don’t be afraid I am with you Paul writing to the Romans said if God be for us who can be against us David said I’m not going to fear, because the Lord is with me.
The Prophet Isaiah said fear not for I am with you be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you.
I will help you.
Yes, I will uphold you by the right hand of my righteousness.
Are you going through uncertain times right now? Are you troubled about the future as you seek the Lord and as you commit your ways to him, he’s promised to be with you.
He said I will never leave you or forsake you lo.
I am with you always even to the end of the world.
David said, I will not be afraid of what man can do to me, for the Lord is on my side. You, with David, can confidently face the giants of this world.
Who may come against you with the sword and the shield, but you come against them in the name of the living God.
The Lord is with me.
The Lord is with me to help me.
The Lord is with me to guide me.
He’s with me to strengthen me.
He’s with me to deliver me from the enemy.
God said my ways are not your ways.
My ways are beyond your finding out and in those places where we don’t know, we just have to trust ourselves to the wisdom of God.
You’re wise and I’m just trusting you Lord and I find comfort. I find rest the fear and the apprehension leaves, as I put it back in his hand and say.
Well, Lord, I am yours, I know you’re in control of these situations and though I don’t know why yet Lord, I trust you and I’m confident that you have a plan and a purpose far beyond anything that I can see.
God is for you and, if God is for you who cares, who’s against you, if you’re under the divine favor of God, how can man stop you, God can do more than I can say, God can do more than I can believe.
God can do more than I can imagine, but it has to to come in my life.
There has to come something where the spirit of fear gets broken off.
Fear not that you’re gon na go back to what God brought you out of fear, not that you’re gon na get cancer or the cancers coming back.
Fear not that bad things are going to happen to you that’s, not the voice of the Holy Spirit, fear not that your children are going to be harmed in some horrible accident here,’s.
What I feel like saying today, you will have that baby.
You will live and not die.
You you are going to get married. If you will wait on the Lord in the timing of the Lord and it will be blessed don’t, let fear dominate your life.
I rebuke fear fear not it’s going to be all right.
He has not given you the spirit of fear that attacks your mind and your body, and you live wondering what’s going to happen today.
He’s not giving you a spirit of fear, but as a power and of love and of a sound mind.
I guess what I’m saying is don’t go to the funeral till something’s dead.
We’re bearing stuff that’s not dead.
Some of you buried your vision and your dreams and your call and it’s not even dead, quit trying to bury things that are still alive.
I said fear, not man enjoy your life while you’re here, and I I tell you, I think that it’s time to celebrate what didn’t happen.
A lot of things could have happened and a lot of things should have happened.
But here you sit by the goodness of God, and I know you’re thankful for all that God has done, but I think when we get to heaven, we’re going to shout over more what what didn’t happen than what did happen when We get to see the full picture of how God held back the enemy and protected and didn’t. Let us get things that we thought we had to have, but God said I won’t.
Let it happen because that’s not my best for you, you say thank you for what didn’t happen.
God wants us to become so grateful for what he has done and what he didn’t.
Let happen because the real antidote to panic is praise.
The antidote to to worry is worship and that’s.
Why? Every one of those people that had a fear and the angel came and said fear not because your prayers have been answered.
Fear not because there’s great joy coming in your life, fear not because you’re under the divine favor of God – fear not because the Holy Spirit is moving in your life to bring to pass the thing God wants to birth through.
You fear not because Emmanuel is in you with you and for you.
The way to defeat fear is to begin to magnify God.
Magnify means you make him bigger than your fear. I don’t want you afraid of tomorrow.
I want you to lift up your head and I want you to walk in confidence, knowing that your prayers have been heard.
Knowing fear not the divine favor of God is on you.
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