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24 Hour Segments -Part 2

Psalm 55:22, “Give your worries to the Lord, and he will take care of you. He will never let good people down.”

Can I ask you something? As a Christian you put your faith and trust in God for your salvation, right? When it comes to your Christian walk, can you trust God to help you?

What is the point of trusting God with the big things but then not trust Him with the smaller things. Like making a car payment, who you're going to marry, or even getting a job. It doesn't make sense that you don't doubt God for your salvation but then you worry about your daily life.

Countless times the Bible has said God will take care of us. This is God's promise. John 14:1, “Jesus said, “Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me.”

A speaker at a church once said, “There is a difference between worry and concern. ‘Concern acknowledges that something needs careful thought. Worry is given to all-consuming trepidation. Concern gives way to planning. Worry gives way to fear. Concern leads to healthy attention. Worry leads to unhealthy anxiety. Concern moves you to action. Worry immobilizes you. Planning for tomorrow is time well spent. Worrying about tomorrow is time wasted.’”

The simple fact is that your life is in God's hands. He determined the day you were born and knows your beginning and end. David tells us there is great wisdom in trusting God with the length of your days- Psalm 131:16. One commenter once said, “Worrying accomplishes nothing except to put God out of the picture.”

So, how do we trust God to meet our needs and not worry? Do this daily, not just a one and done.

1. Ask Jesus to be your shepherd:

-the Lord is my shepherd I shall not want

-say it throughout the day. Say it when you have major decisions to make

-say it when you feel worry entering your mind and heart.

Every time you say this even if it's 10-15 times a day, your worry will begin to grow less and less. John 10:14-15, “I am the good shepherd. I know my sheep, and my sheep know me, just as the Father knows me, and I know the Father. I give my life for the sheep.”

2. Give Jesus first place in every area of your life:

-God already knows what you need

-He promises that He will give you what you need when you give Him first place in your life

-when you worry, that is a warning light that you have not given the situation to God as first in your life

-Matthew 6:31-31, “Don’t worry and say, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ The people who don’t know God keep trying to get these things, and your Father in heaven knows you need them. Seek first God’s kingdom and what God wants. Then all your other needs will be met as well.

When you give it to God you don't have to worry about it, God has the situation under control.

There are two days of the week you should never worry about. Yesterday and tomorrow because you can't do anything about them. Jesus even tells us in Matthew 6:34, “So do not worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will have its own worries. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”

“Let us not make ourselves miserable over tomorrow's burdens. Bravely and cheerfully carry the burdens of today. Today's trust and faith we must have. But we are not asked to live more than a day at a time. He who gives strength for today will give strength for tomorrow.”

When we begin to think about the future, we can begin to feel overwhelmed. This is the good news. God gives us only 24-hour segments so that we don't have to deal with the future all at once. That's His worry. You only have to live 24 hours at a time and you're asleep for 6 to 8 hours of that time anyway, double bonus! I think we can deal with life one day at a time, don't you?

Let's look at a couple things author Ellen G. White tells us about taking life one day at a time.

“One day alone is ours, and during this day we are to live for God. For this one day we are to place in the hand of Christ, in solemn service, all our purposes and plans, casting all our care upon Him, for He cares for us. “I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.” “In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength” (Jeremiah 29:11; Isaiah 30:15).”

“Let us not make ourselves miserable over tomorrow's burdens. Bravely and cheerfully carry the burdens of today. Today's trust and faith we must have. But we are not asked to live more than a day at a time. He who gives strength for today will give strength for tomorrow.”

We all have enough to occupy our minds for one day and don't need to add to that by worrying about tomorrow. There is no advantage to worry or anxiety, it has no positive effects so stop worrying, it doesn't help! You can only live one day at a time, you can't get to tomorrow without first living today, so leave tomorrow in God's hands, He's promised to give you all you need for today. Plan for the future but live in the present. Don't let worry about tomorrow rob you of God's blessings today.

It gets easier because the Lord is my shepherd and “The Lord’s love never ends; his mercies never stop. They are new every morning; Lord, your loyalty is great.”- Lamentations 3:22-23.

God doesn't promise a trial free life, but He can offer a grief free life. Each day God supplies all the grace and mercy you need for the day. So, like the songs say, ‘don't worry, be happy and Hakuna Matata.”

So what has you worried today? Let's all try giving at least one of our biggest worries to God today and let Him take care of it. It may be difficult at first but as you let go and let God you will begin to feel a lighter load on your shoulders. One way we can keep in constant connection with God is through His Word. There we can learn and gain strength to allow Him to lead in our lives knowing He's got whatever is happening already under control. I hope you have been able to join me as we have studied many people in the Bible and the ways they walked with God. Today we will conclude our Bible study with Nehemiah as we learn to walk in prayer. May the Lord fill your home with many blessings and less worry.

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