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Don’t worry, because God cares of you

September 13, 2015

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“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?  Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?  Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?  So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’  For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own”
Matthew 6:25-34
There is a Chinese proverb that says: “If your problem has a solution, then…why worry about it? If your problem doesn’t have a solution, then … why worry about it?”
Apparently, one of the most important of Jesus’ appeals in this part of his message is that we should not worry. It is hard, isn’t it? But it is the only way to live happily and to get the things in life that we want that are, of course, according to the will of God.
Jesus tells us that those who worry do so because they have little faith. We talked a lot in the church about what it means to worry. And just in case we want to repeat it: to worry means dealing with, or being concerned with a problem that has not taken place yet. It is to engage in the present moment with a probability or a result that is often negative, but has not yet taken place and we don’t really know whether or not it will happen. That is, the outcome is not real yet.
There were many throughout history who have desired being able to handle the torment of worry that robs us of joy and the will to live and leads to depression; it is a well known disease. Many doctors say that depression is caused by genetic problems or that it is the result of a lack of nutrition or vitamins; in short, that it is a physical problem. But we all know, especially Christians, that physical problems always have a mostly spiritual root cause, which is then expressed mentally and then, finally, physically. But we still cannot say why or what exactly is the spiritual problem that is causing this physical problem. We do not know yet, and it would be irresponsible to give spiritual names to our physical ailments. But what we do know is that if we stay spiritually healthy we are very unlikely to suffer from a big amount of physical illnesses that are unwanted.

Staying spiritually healthy is very easy, —it is almost the same as keeping physically fit—but we all know how few give credit to this, even those who call themselves Christians. To keep spiritually healthy —and we repeat: Firstly, we have to accept Christ, believe in Him, go to church services, participate actively in church, read the Bible, the word of God, daily, have an active pray life to communicate with God and to try to live out the word of God on a daily basis for the sake of He who loved us and saved us.
But still, despite this being so easy, there are many who resist this. Perhaps they resist it because it seems to be a very simple and naive solution and they believe that the doctor’s tablet or drug is stronger than a spiritually healthy life could be; or simply, because they don’t have faith. Jesus tells us today: “If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? ” The eternal problem: lack of faith”.

Some years ago a woman came to the practice of a famous New York physician concerned about her health. She was a person of nervous nature. After listing her symptoms to the doctor and answering all the questions, she was astonished to hear the treatment to be followed:
“Go home and read your Bible every day for an hour, and after a month, come back to me,” said the doctor.
Then he dismissed her before she could protest. At first she was angry; but then he realized that the treatment would not be all that expensive. She went home with a firm determination to thoroughly read the Bible, to which she had never given any importance. The next month, when she returned to the doctor, she was a totally different person, and asked him how he knew exactly what she needed. To answer, the doctor went to his worn and scarred desk; on it there laid an open Bible. “Lady”—told he: “If I don’t do my daily reading of this book, I would lose my greatest source of strength and skill.”

Jesus brings us simple suggestions for very large problems. Jesus’ proposal, the Bible gospel, is very simple and so easy that we don’t need to be very smart or educated to understand the good news. But we need to be very brave to commit to Christ and to just believe in His word.
The moment you start to believe, with all your being, with attitude, with your mood, with your behavior, with your words and with your thinking, faith begins to work. Faith is an attitude, a way of life that involves thoughts, feelings, words and deeds. Faith is holistic. If we don’t have faith, we must ask God’s forgiveness for not having faith. For in the Bible it says, “Everything that does not come from faith is sin.” Ro 14:23 Also, it is said in the Bible: “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” Heb 11: 6.
If you really want to obey and please God, the first thing you have to do is to begin to have faith. How is it done? Today, we can give some practical advice. Let us begin with the easiest one:
-Come to church every Sunday;
And then:
Read the Bible. Even if you have never read the Bible daily, you have to start reading it. Buy a Bible version that you understand well and can read easily and comfortably with large lettering. Begin with 1 minute per day, without interruption; do this for just one minute, even for months if necessary, just to maintain the habit. And then add another minute and another minute, until you make it a real habit of it; and you will recognize the need for daily Bible reading. Remember that the Bible says: “Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.” (Ro 10:17).
-Start praying. If you have never prayed to God in your own words, start with one or two minutes per day until you can pray to God daily. Pray from the heart and know the most important thing is not the number of words or memorized words, but the faith and lively words with which we cling to God through prayer.
-Then start changing your words, the way you speak. It is hard at first, but you can do it. If you are tempted to say something negative, bite your tongue and don’t say what you think; although it may sound difficult and you seem to sound fake or dishonest, do it, because this is the way faith works. That’s the only way we can awaken faith. Speak positively, out loud and in front of others with messages of faith and words of encouragement, even if you don’t believe them at first. They will be soon reality in your life. Speak words of hope, of victory. All you declare with your mouth eventually will be fulfilled in your own life. So be careful with what you say. If we cannot speak positively at first, then let’s stay silent.
-And most importantly, change your thoughts. But that’s the last thing you get. In order to change our thoughts faster we have to do a great trust exercise called changing our feelings, the way in which we feel. That is, to change our mood. Do you know one of the best ways to change our mood? It is singing praises to God. If you cannot sing hymns, read them, buy recordings of hymns and Christian praise and listen to that music. It will change your day. And we must begin to act as if things will go well. We must begin to laugh, to smile and feel good, although at first it may seem that we are performing an act; it may be as the saying goes: ‘putting on a brave face’. We want to change our spirits and mood, and we do that because we are saying we want to trust in God’s promise: “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” To trust God more than that which we see around us, that is faith.

When we change our mood, we begin to think with faith, we think positively and keep faith running. One of the best ways to know if we have faith and if we are giving Jesus space to quickly answer our prayers is to ask: how am I feeling right now? How are you feeling now? Are you feeling fear, worry, anxiety, sadness, despair? Then you are not showing faith. Change your emotions, begins to feel good, think positive things, start to smile, to laugh, to thank God for all the things you already have in life; just act as if you are feeling good right away. This pleases God and opens the door to beginning to have faith.
“… Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself… But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well…”
I read this week in a book: “Whatever you hold in your mind tends to occur in your life. If you continue to believe as you have always believed, you will continue to act as you have always acted. If you continue to act as you have always acted, you will continue to get what you have always gotten. If you want different results in your life or your work, all you have to do is change your mind.”
May God grant us the courage to change our feelings, our thoughts and our words and that we can surrender to him in a way that faith can start to grow and we are able to see the miracles of His providence. Amen.

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