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Summer 2014 - Session 2 part 1

Streams in the Desert 
by L B Cowman

October 8

Do not be anxious for anything.
Phillippians 4:6

     Quite a few Christians lie in a terrible state of anxiety, constantly fretting over the concerns of life.  The secret of living in perfect peace amid the hectic pace of daily life is one well worth knowing.  What good has worrying ever accomplished?  It has never made anyone stronger, helped anyone do His will, or provided for anyone a way of escape out of their anxiety or confusion.  Worry only destroys the effectiveness of lives that would otherwise be useful and beautiful.  Being restless and having worries and cares are absolutely forbidden by our Lord, who said, "So do not worry, saying, "'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'" (Matthew 6:31).  He does not mean that we are not to think ahead or that our life should never have a plan or pattern to it.  He simply means that we are not to worry about these things.

     People will know that you live in a constant state of anxiety by the lines on your face, the tone of your voice, your negative attitude, and the lack of joy in your spirit,  So scale the heights of a life abandoned to God, and your perspective will change to the point that you will look down on the clouds beneath your feet.  Darlow Sargent

     It is a sign of weakness to always worry and fret, question everything, and mistrust everyone.  Can anything be gained by it?  Don't we only make ourselves unfit for action, and seperate our minds from the ability to make wise decisions?  We simply sink in our struggles when we could float by faith.

     Oh, for the grace to be silent?  Oh, to "be still, and know that (Jehovah is) God" (Psalm 46:10)!  "The Holy One of Israel" (Psalm 89:18) will defend and deliver His own.  We can be sure that His every word will stand forever, even though the mountains may fall into the sea.  He deserves our total confidence.  So come, my soul, return to your place of peace, and rest within the sweet embrace of the Lord Jesus. selected

Related Scripture:

Phillipians 4:6       Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition ([a]definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.

Proverbs 12:25     Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs it down, but an encouraging word makes it glad.

Exodus 14:13     Moses told the people, Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again.

Matthew 6:25-34     25 Therefore I tell you, stop being [a]perpetually uneasy (anxious and worried) about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink; or about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life greater [in quality] than food, and the body [far above and more excellent] than clothing?26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?27 And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature orto the [b]span of his life?28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and [c]learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.29 Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his [d]magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and green and tomorrow is tossed into the furnace, will He not much more surely clothe you, O you of little faith?31 Therefore do not worry and be anxious, saying, What are we going to have to eat? or, What are we going to have to drink? or, What are we going to have to wear?32 For the Gentiles (heathen) wish for and crave and diligently seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows well that you need them all.33 But seek ([e]aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness ([f]His way of doing and being right), and then all these things [g]taken together will be given you besides.
34 So do not worry or be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will have worries and anxieties of its own. Sufficient for each day is its own trouble.