Tag: Worry

An anchor for our Faith

David Wilkersonby David Wilkerson

One verse of God’s Word will keep you through any and all perilous times if you will commit your very life to it. Beloved, embrace this one verse, fully believe it, and it will be a daily power-source of faith:

“Your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him” (Matthew 6:8).

Jesus enumerates the things our heavenly Father knows we need — in short, food, drink and clothing. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; nor about the body, what you will put on” (Luke 12:22). The overriding theme of your life should be: God knows … and that is all that matters!

If then God so clothes the grass, which today is in the field and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith?” (12:28). Jesus speaks of grass that is full and green today but is cut down tomorrow. He would have us remember that he gave it life and care and we dare not think he cares for our needs any less. If you are concerned about your family’s welfare, I have good news: your children are God’s children and he cares for your loved one more than you do. Jesus knows exactly what each one needs.

Jesus knows about your need to have a roof over your head; he knows about your rent or mortgage payment each month. He knows about all your needs and you can trust him fully to meet all of them. He promises to do it!

The Lord says to the rich and the poor alike, “Do not fret about your worldly possessions. Give me quality time and trust me. I am going to take care of all your needs.” “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

Anchor your faith in the fact that your heavenly Father knows exactly what you need. He delights in you and with him you will always be safe and sound.

by David Wilkerson

Don’t Hurt the Lord

Oswald Chambersby Oswald Chambers

Have I been with you so long, and yet you have not known Me, Philip? —John 14:9

Our Lord must be repeatedly astounded at us— astounded at how “un-simple” we are. It is our own opinions that make us dense and slow to understand, but when we are simple we are never dense; we have discernment all the time. Philip expected the future revelation of a tremendous mystery, but not in Jesus, the Person he thought he already knew. The mystery of God is not in what is going to be— it is now, though we look for it to be revealed in the future in some overwhelming, momentous event. We have no reluctance to obey Jesus, but it is highly probable that we are hurting Him by what we ask— “Lord, show us the Father…” (John 14:8). His response immediately comes back to us as He says, “Can’t you see Him? He is always right here or He is nowhere to be found.” We look for God to exhibit Himself to His children, but God only exhibits Himself in His children. And while others see the evidence, the child of God does not. We want to be fully aware of what God is doing in us, but we cannot have complete awareness and expect to remain reasonable or balanced in our expectations of Him. If all we are asking God to give us is experiences, and the awareness of those experiences is blocking our way, we hurt the Lord. The very questions we ask hurt Jesus, because they are not the questions of a child.

“Let not your heart be troubled…” (14:1, 27). Am I then hurting Jesus by allowing my heart to be troubled? If I believe in Jesus and His attributes, am I living up to my belief? Am I allowing anything to disturb my heart, or am I allowing any questions to come in which are unsound or unbalanced? I have to get to the point of the absolute and unquestionable relationship that takes everything exactly as it comes from Him. God never guides us at some time in the future, but always here and now. Realize that the Lord is here now, and the freedom you receive is immediate.

by Oswald Chambers