Monday, October 12, 2015

October 12, 2015:  What, Me Worry?

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2015 - Day 284  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a video of Phillips, Craig, and Dean singing All Is Well, … declaring the reality that, in Christ, our lives are in His hands … so all is well!!

Highlight Passage:   Isaiah 40: 29 [NKJV] …  
28 Have you not known? … Have you not heard? … The everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, neither faints, nor is weary. His understanding is unsearchable. 
…  No reason to doubt or worry. God is in control.
Highlight Context – Isaiah 40: 25-31 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK  …  
…  With God in control, … why worry?

Reference Passage #1 - Psalm 55: 22 [NKJV] … 
22  Cast your burden on the Lord, and He shall sustain you; … He shall never permit the righteous to be moved. 
… God is always there to hold us up.

Reference Passage #2 - Matthew 6: 25-31 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… Jesus, on worry-free living.

Reference Passage #3 - Philippians 4: 6-7 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK
… The Apostle Paul on casting anxiety aside for God’s peace.

Reference Passage #4 - 1st Peter 5: 7 [NKJV] … 
22  Casting all your cares on Him, because He cares for you. 
… If we really believe Peter there’s no need to worry.

My Journal for Today:  Today’s Our Daily Bread author, Poh Fang Chia, reminded me in his ODB teaching of an image out of the mid-50s from a post WW2 magazine, … Mad Magazine, which had a recurring cartoon character on its cover. The image was of the irrepressible Alfred E Newman, whose editor described him as a worry-free, almost impish character; and, as in the attached image, the phrase, “What, me worry?!” was almost always on the cover right below or above Newman’s portrait.

 But do we get it [?]; … that we Christians can - and should - be able to hold an attitude much like Alfred E Newman. But unfortunately many of us all too often hold onto an anti-Alfred attitude, … worrying about so many things when the reality of our lives - in Christ - is completely covered by a God Who’s totally in control and is always there to protect and lift up those who obediently believe in Him. Please take the time to meditate deeply on the truth in God’s word linked/copied above.

 And, I don’t know about you, but I’m duly convicted and challenged today to become more like Alfred E and live in the truths expressed in God’s word above. … Why worry?!!

 Today, … Let’s just trust God and let Him take our worries.

My Prayer Today:  Oh, … What, me worry?!! … Not today!! … Amen  

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