“Never worry about anything” (Philippians 4:6 GW).
Work doesn’t stress us out. Worry does.
Work doesn’t keep us up at night. Worry does.
You’re probably not overworked. You’re very likely over-worried.
God doesn’t mince words in the Bible about what he thinks about worry. He says, “Never worry about anything” (Philippians 4:6 GW). Do you see any wiggle room in that verse? I don’t. You won’t find any exceptions.
Never worry about anything.
It’s about as big of a blanket statement as you can possibly make.
When it comes to worrying, just don’t do it. That’s what the Bible says. But God also tells us there is something we can do with our worry instead.
First Peter 5:7 says, “Leave all your worries with him, because he cares for you” (TEV).
I love that word unload, because in the original Greek the verse literally says to just drop it. It’s not like you’re throwing a baseball or throwing a rock across the lake. It just says to unload it—let it go.
It won’t do you any good to hang on to what you’re worried about. Why not let it go?
I AM PLEASED WITH YOU, MY CHILD. Allow yourself to become fully aware of My pleasure shining upon you. You don’t have to perform well in order to receive My Love. In fact, a performance focus will pull you away from Me, toward some sort of Pharisaism. This can be a subtle form of idolatry: worshiping your own good works. It can also be a source of deep discouragement when your works don’t measure up to your expectations. Shift your focus from your performance to My radiant Presence. The Light of My Love shines on you continually, regardless of your feelings or behavior. Your responsibility is to be receptive to this unconditional Love. Thankfulness and trust are your primary receptors. Thank Me for everything; trust in Me at all times. These simple disciplines will keep you open to My loving Presence.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that
no one can boast.
EPHESIANS 2 : 8 – 9
I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may
dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all
the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge
—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
EPHESIANS 3 : 16 – 19
Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.
PSALM 62 : 8
Fruit Grows From Spiritual Seeds
When you think about your walk with Jesus, some days you may wonder, “Why is this so hard? I’m still struggling with so many problems. When will I finally get it right?”
In my journey as a pastor, I’ve learned that spiritual growth is often like the growth we see in nature – the best fruit ripens slowly.
The problem is we tend to get impatient, so we dig up the seed to check the progress of its growth, and that slows down our growth! If you’re not seeing as much fruit as you’d like, don’t despair. Growth takes time.
In the meantime, try these steps for spiritual growth:
Nurture growth with God’s Word — I know you’re already doing this, but when you read the promises of God, again and again, it helps you remember that he is at work, even when you can’t see him at work: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1 NIV)
Cooperate with God as he prunes — Praise God for the work he’s doing in your life, remembering “he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.” (John 15:2 NLT)
Pray through the “fruit list’ — Pray through the “fruit list’ (the fruit of the Spirit) from Galatians 5:22-23. The NIV Bible lists the fruit as love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Ask God to help you grow this fruit in your life.