Monday, May 26, 2008

Do Not Worry

Many of us find it easy to worry about things in our life. Matters that relate to our jobs, families, finances, etc., can cause anxiety. But Jesus told his followers, "do not be worried about your life" (Matthew 6:25). Sometimes this is easier said than done. But notice what Jesus says about this subject in Matthew 6:25-27:

"For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not the life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life?"

In these verses, Jesus asks three questions. As the master teacher, He is able to ask questions in a way that is more instructive than inquisitive. Notice the three points Jesus makes to help us deal with anxiety.
  1. There are more important things to consider (v. 25). Yes, food and clothing are important. But a few verses later Jesus tells us how we should order our priorities. "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you" (v. 33). We need to put a priority on spiritual things. Recognize that the physical things we worry about are only temporal.
  2. We are valuable in the sight of God (v. 26). God provides for the birds of the air. Jesus says that in God's eyes we are worth much more than birds. If God will provide for the needs of animals, He will provide for our needs.
  3. It does no good to worry (v. 27). We cannot prolong our life by worrying. Another translation mentions one adding height to their physical body. No good is accomplished by worrying. Good will be accomplished when we consider the situation and act appropriately. Anxiety hinders us in this.
When you are tempted to worry, remember what Jesus taught. Make sure you have your priorities in the proper order. Know that you are valuable in the sight of God. And recognize that worrying will do no good to help the situation we are anxious about.

Remember also the benefit of prayer that we have. Paul mentioned this in Philippians 4:6-7 "Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."

Let us keep all these things in mind. Do not let anxiety hinder you from serving God. Put your faith and trust in Him that He will take care of us, as long as we "seek first His kingdom and His righteousness" (Matthew 6:33).

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Liberty in Christ

Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty” (2 Cor. 3:17).

This is a popular verse for those who like to pervert the gospel and try to condone or ignore sin. They say we have liberty in Christ, so therefore, we do not have to concern ourselves with obedience or following the New Testament pattern.

The New Testament teaches that through Christ we are free from the Old Law (Col. 2:14), sin and death (Rom. 6:6-7), and following the commands of men (Col. 2:20-22). But we are not free from following the instructions of Christ and His word (Heb. 5:8; 2 Th. 1:8).

It is a mistake to use liberty as a justification for sin. Just as Paul wrote to the Galatians, “For you were called to freedom, brethren; only do not turn your freedom into an opportunity for the flesh” (Gal. 5:13).

Monday, May 5, 2008

Banner of the Cross

I will no longer be posting issues of Banner of the Cross online. You can follow the link to read more about this decision.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

PBT - May 2008

The May issue of Plain Bible Teaching is now online with the following articles:

A Model for Personal Evangelism by Andy Sochor
Accepting Jesus as Our Personal Savior by Robert A. Sochor
Is One Church as Good as Another? by Andy Sochor
Doctrinal Purity by Andy Sochor

You can read the new articles by clicking on the link below. I hope you may find the new material helpful to you.

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