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A Worry-Free Week!

What’s on your worry list for this week?

My hope is that your answer to that question would be “I don’t have a worry list, because I never worry!” But unfortunately, there are those who have things on their minds that they’re concerned about and will spend much of the week feeling anxious and fretting over.

But the truth is, we never have to worry. We can put our faith and trust in the true and living God, knowing He will always take care of anything that concerns us. In fact, that’s what the Bible says in Psalm 138:8. David prayed and said, “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me.” The English Standard Bible says, “The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me.” We know that God’s purpose and plan for each of us, according to 3 John 2, is that we live prosperous and healthy lives.

In Philippians 4:6-7, Apostle Paul says: “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Some Bibles translate that word careful as anxious, which means “full of mental distress or uneasiness because of fear of danger or misfortune.” God doesn’t want you anxious about anything, not when He has promised that His peace is present to keep you. So, go ahead and plan your week. Only, leave off the worries. God has already taken care of them for you!

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The Bad, and the Good!

Here’s some bad news, and some good news: If you’re a believer then you can expect that challenges or tough times, in some form or another, are headed your way. The good news, though, is that you can be assured you won’t have to go it alone, and that you will make it through in victory.

You can be assured of your victory because of what Jesus said to His disciples in John 15:18-20, New International Version. He told them: “If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. Remember what I told you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master. ‘If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also.” And in John 16:33, Jesus said, “In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”

As a child of God, you can expect that persecution, temptations, challenges, tests and trials are likely to show up at any time. But because Christ Jesus has overcome the world for you, you don’t have to. Just look the devil straight in the eye and, like Jesus did, tell him, “It is written!” Start facing your problems and challenges the way Jesus did—with the Word of God. That’s the only way you can ever defeat the enemy and live in the victory He has already given you.

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