Flourish

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We too often compare God to man and because we are often disappointed by man, we associate that with God and believe he will disappoint us too. Today I want to discuss some things that tie along together and have been on my heart to share with you all, and how these are things that I continue to struggle with but find it easier to understand as I read more into the word.

1. Worrying

Is something that I find myself doing often, but realize to take a step back and know that God has promised to be our provider. When we worry we tend to worry about things in the future and worry about what lies ahead. Don’t worry about tomorrow it has its own worries. In the bible, it says that we are not even promised a tomorrow. We become so conditioned to live for tomorrow instead of living for today. God asks of us to trust him with our future but love him now.

Matthew 10:29-31 says this,

Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

These verses move me, I tend to go back to every time I find myself worrying about something. God knows you so intimately that no detail is too small to escape his attention, he is your creator. He knows your worth, and he will not let you fall.

2. Trusting in the Lord

Matthew 14:27-32

Jesus Walks on Water:

But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

“Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

As soon as Peter had faith and trusted in Jesus, he began to walk on water, but the second he began to waver with Jesus he began to sink, he then called out to the Lord and was saved. “God watches over his words that he shall perform it”. If he said it, spoke it, he meant it. It’s important to have trust in the Lord. Faith is saying, “Ok god, I’m letting go and seeing what you do with it. Jesus didn’t let him Drown because when it is in God’s vision he will provide.

We often get side tracked and lose trust in the lord, just as peter did when he saw the wind. This story helps remind us that Jesus has our best interest and isn’t going to let us drown in our own worries.

1 John 4:4

But you belong to God, my dear children. You have already won a victory over those people, because the Spirit who lives in you is greater than the spirit who lives in the world.

We’ve already won this battle, everything in our life has already been planned. Isn’t it crazy to think that the Holy Spirit that lives within us is the Holy Spirit that arose Jesus from the dead, therefore you can do all things through Christ who strengthens you!

God is nothing like man, he is holy, a provider, God is good. By having more faith in him, we will begin to see our hearts become one. Take delight in the Lord and he will fulfill the desires of your heart. To become such in awe of what you are in delight of, that person’s heart becomes your heart. When our hearts become like the Lord’s, we will begin to flourish.

 

By: Madison McHowell

2 Comments

  1. Peyton Smith

    January 9, 2018 at 3:27 am

    Loooove this! That was just what I needed to read 🙂

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