“Know, recognize, and understand therefore that the Lord your God, He is God, the faithful God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love and mercy with those who love Him and keep His commandments, to a thousand generations.”
Deuteronomy 7:9, Amplified Bible
Tag Archives: encourage
Pray instead….Praise instead
“Therefore I tell you, stop being 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?
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?
And who of you by worrying and being anxious can add one unit of measure (cubit) to his stature or to the span of his life? and why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin. Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these. 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? 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? 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.
But seek (aim at and strive after) first of all His kingdom and His righteousness (His way of doing and being right), and then all these things taken together will be give you besides.”
Matthew 6:25-33, Amplified Bible
These scriptures are to encourage you when you are worried or anxious. When you are in lack take comfort in knowing that your source is the Creator of all the universe and He loves you unconditionally. Not only does God love you but He prefers you. He says if I take care of the “birds of the air” how much more will I take care of you. God made us in his image and His likeness and created us to not be in lack, but to have an abundant life in all ways. When life seems overwhelming or you are in lack seek “The One”, “The Provider”, “The First and Final Source”, Jesus Christ. Even if all else fails, take comfort in knowing that you can always count on your Father in Heaven.