Posted by: mikenicholsblog | July 9, 2017

unbelievable believables

We all live with a set of beliefs. As believers in Christ, we definitely have core values that guide our lives. They are non-negotiables! One deeply held value for Christ-followers is that we are committed to the authority of Scripture. But that is where the concept of unbelievable believables enters the picture. From a human standpoint, we also live with unbelievable believables. Intellectually, we all know that we have the capacity to lose — pounds, worry, bad habits (we all have some), and on and on the list goes!   Yet we don’t! Unbelievable believables!! When it comes to our spiritual journey, the contrast between what we believe and how we practice those same principles has a real effect on our effectiveness for Christ.

Most believers in Christ know worry is wrong. It is sin. In a message from Matthew 6:25-34, David Jeremiah called worry inconsistent, irrational, ineffective, illogical and irresponsible. I agree … and I’m guessing you do as well.  So then, why do we worry? What we believe intellectually and biblically is easily unbelievable emotionally and practically. Even a casual look at Matthew 6:25-34 gives us the Father’s view. We believe the words of Jesus in this passage, but often our experience is different from our belief.

Take the time to read Matthew 6:25-34.  They are the very words of Jesus telling you and me how to handle worry. For any Christ-follower, the words of Jesus are do-able.  Why else would He have spoken them?

That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.  And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.

I purposefully italicized certain words for emphasis. Jesus’ words are believable. So then, why do we practice it as unbelievable? I certainly don’t know your circumstances, but the Father does, and He desires for us to live today without worry. Believe it!

For just today, intentionally live with faith (trusting Him for everything), embrace the thought that Jesus doesn’t want you to worry, and simply seek Him and His will first. You may just find that, even for just that one day, living without worry isn’t unbelievable. And then repeat the practice tomorrow!

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