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And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span? Luke 12:25 NASB

Worry is a reaction to something we can’t control. If you could control it, you would just take care of it and not worry.

That makes sense. And it makes sense when you are not in a state of worrying, to realize that it isn’t helpful.

Yet, we worry.

Jesus implied you don’t get anything out of worry accept wasted time. Time is too precious to waste.

So what should you do instead of worrying about what is happening? You should trust! Trust that the Lord knows what you need and when you need it.

When you trust Jesus, you’re able to do what He desires for your life vs sitting around being worthless because you are worrying about something you can’t even control.

Learn to give it to the Lord! Be free and move towards what He desires for you.

It’s easier said than done. But when you start doing it, it gets easier and easier. And you get to see God move in some big ways!

What are you worrying about? Stop it! Give it to Jesus!

Father, thank You for showing me what I need to focus on the most.

Peace, Todd

Divided

But He knew their thoughts and said to them, “Any kingdom divided against itself is laid waste; and a house divided against itself falls. Luke 11:17 NASB

The religious leaders said that Jesus cast out demons because He was one of them.

But Jesus came back and showed them how silly their argument was. Any power that destroys its own rule, falls.

This can be applied to anything! This is true for families, churches, businesses, governments and nations!

Are you paying attention?

Father, heal decisiveness and bring Your people together in unity.

Peace, Todd

The Wrong Busy

But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 NASB

We value being busy doing “things.” It makes it look like we are productive and getting things done!

But what is the lasting effect?

The truth is that we spend a lot of time doing things that don’t truly matter.

Martha was trying to be an awesome hostess. It was what she was “supposed” to do and maybe what others even expected of her.

Her sister Mary didn’t worry about the other people in the house. She didn’t worry about the crackers that were put out or the temperature of the punch. She wanted to listen to Jesus.

Jesus told Martha she was worrying too much about the situation and about Mary’s lack of help.

But Mary was focused on the right thing.

What about you? Are you focusing on the right things or are you preoccupied with all the other things that don’t truly matter?

Take the time to seek Him, sit at His feet and learn what He truly desires from you. All the other things that aren’t as important will begin to be put in their proper perspective.

Father, help me be more like Mary and less like Martha.

Peace, Todd

Difficult Times

But realize this, that in the last days difficult times will come. 2 Timothy 3:1 NASB

Christians shouldn’t be surprised that the world gets crazier as the Day of the Lord approaches. We were warned that it would happen.

One thing to consider is how fast things move. Think back to January 2020. It wasn’t that long ago, but at the same time, it seems like a lifetime.

The question is, are you prepared for even more? Although it has been difficult for many, this still isn’t “The End.”

Don’t get me wrong, I’m ready to fly. Jesus could come at any time for His Bride. But the “Last Days” are probably going to look a lot worse than what we are currently experiencing.

So, are you prepared spiritually, mentally and physically?

All three make up who you are. I would say that the spiritual you is more important. You need to be right with God because that is eternal.

But the mental and physical are important too. The stress and exhaustion that will come in those days will be extreme. You need to have your head wrapped around it so you are a player in the end game and know your exit strategy.

That end game is your part in the Kingdom of God! Your exit strategy is when He is ready, you will be with Him.

You know how it all goes down in the end. But what will you do until then?

Father, let me be a light and help me to do Your will as I do my part to further Your Kingdom till that day.

Peace, Todd

Choked Out

The seed which fell among the thorns, these are the ones who have heard, and as they go on their way they are choked with worries and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to maturity. Luke 8:14 NASB

A true Believer needs to manage the desires of this world with the desires of the Spirit. This is something that needs attention, because the consequences of allowing the desires of the world to take over are the Word of God being choked out and a life that doesn’t produce fruit.

Unfortunately, many do get choked out. The desires of this life, riches, pleasure and even worry, speak louder if the Believer isn’t grounded in their faith.

The test is, where do you spend your time and are you producing fruit that honors God? If those items are hard to place, then you need to realign yourself to the things of God!

Your faith in Jesus should be the most important thing to you. Everything else should be a far second!

It takes purpose and spiritual effort to keep yourself in His presence. It means turning off the TV, social media and everything else that distracts. But it is worth it!

The show you binged last week means nothing in eternity. But what you do for the Lord pays off big time in His Kingdom.

Don’t let this world choke out what God wants to do in and through you! Draw near to Him and you won’t be disappointed!

Father, help me to always remember that nothing else compares to You.

Peace, Todd

Legacy Stuff

For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day. 2 Timothy 1:12 NASB

Many leadership gurus talk about leaving a legacy. The idea is that the work they did in their life continue on in one form or another.

The Apostle Paul left a legacy, but he didn’t worry about who he entrusted with it. Or at least, he wasn’t worried about who he entrusted with it here on Earth.

No! He entrusted the work he did to the Holy Spirit. He knew that no foundation, church or fund would be able to continue his work like God would be able to.

The churches he started are long gone. But his work continues on because he trusted the Holy Spirit to take it after he was gone.

For us, we just need to do what the Lord is asking us and trust that the Holy Spirit knows what to do next.

Are you trusting God to handle what needs to happen next? He is truly capable!

Father, thank You that we can trust you with everything important, even after we are gone.

Peace, Todd

A Slow God?

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9 NASB

What is God waiting for? With all the craziness going on in the world, many Believers might question when is Jesus coming back to end it all?

And it is perfectly fine for Believers to want that and desire Jesus’ Second Coming. Anyone who doesn’t want Jesus to come soon isn’t clear on what is waiting for them in Heaven.

But the Lord is waiting for a reason. He is being extra kind, extra loving, extra merciful. He is giving sinners another opportunity to seek Him and get their life right.

Everyday that passes, holds the potential for another soul to be saved!

And we play a part in all of that! We get to be a part of furthering the Kingdom of God! We get to share and spread the Gospel in every way possible.

You might share a Scripture. You might share a song. You might give someone a Gospel tract. You might witness to someone on the street. Every spiritual move plants a seed of the Gospel into another person’s life.

Are you playing your part in the Kingdom?

Father, help me to use every resource available to share the Gospel to those who need to hear.

Peace, Todd

Slipping Away

But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray. Luke 5:16 NASB

One of the most important spiritual disciplines is prayer. We definitely don’t take it seriously, not like Jesus.

Jesus was often breaking away and taking time to pray. He would wake up early in the morning to find a secluded place.

His disciples asked Him, “teach us to pray.” They obviously saw how important it was to Him.

But most Believers don’t set aside a regular time to pray. More than likely because it means giving up something.

It means taking time in quiet. It means that you need to humble yourself and come to the Lord. It means to talk to the Father, but also stop and listen to what He might say.

If we are to be like Jesus, we should follow His example of prayer and develop an ear and understanding of the leading and guiding of the Holy Spirit.

What has the Lord said to you lately?

Father, help me to desire prayer more and more. Speak to me through the Holy Spirit and Your Word.

Peace, Todd

It Is Written

And Jesus answered him, “It is written, ‘Man shall not live on bread alone.’” Luke 4:4 NASB

How does a Believer effectively deal with all the challenges in life, especially the spiritual ones?

After Jesus was baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit, He went into the desert to fast. There He was tempted by the devil.

The way Jesus dealt with the temptations is very important to us as Believers!

He didn’t come up with a 3 point plan. He didn’t search the internet or search on Google. He didn’t ask three friends for advice and setup a meeting with the pastor to discuss the issue. He didn’t even say something like, “Hey do you know who I Am?”

No! He dealt with the devil using the Word!

Everytime the devil came at Him, Jesus quoted Scripture! “It is written,” was repeated over and over again.

As a young Believer going to camp, Brother Tommy would always say, “The first thing Jesus said in His Earthly ministry was, It is written. The last thing He said was, It is finished. If you can find where it is written, you can tell the devil it is finished.”

The point is that we need to be in the Word and know it! We need to know what God says about us in His Word and learn all His promises. We need to learn from Jesus’ example and be ready to let the Word guide us, along with the Holy Spirit.

God helps us to understand who He is and how He operates in this world according to His Word. When we neglect His Word, we run the risk of making it all up as we go, instead of being led by Him!

This is even more important now than ever! Take the time to get into His Word. Any time you spend in the Bible is well worth it.

Father, illuminate Your Word to me through the Holy Spirit.

Peace, Todd

He Will Provide

Abraham said, “God will provide for Himself the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” So the two of them walked on together. Genesis 22:8 NASB

As we are asked to believe and live out our faith, there is always something missing from the story where we have to look to God to make it complete. We might have all the pieces of the puzzle but one. That piece is where we need to have faith.

Abraham was on his way to sacrifice his son, Issac. Issac knew they had wood and fire, but no animal to sacrifice. He asked his father about it. It was the one piece missing. And Abraham replied that God would provide.

In our faith walk, we encounter times when we have all the pieces but one. That one piece is what we need to have faith in. That is the piece that the Lord wants to use to do a work in us!

The work of faith isn’t to just test us and see what we are made of. It is to grow us and make us the person God can use. Every time we use and grow in faith, God gets the glory, but we understand Him in a deeper way.

But being stretched in faith isn’t always fun. It requires a commitment to the Lord that many don’t want to make. But like Abraham knew and experienced, if you trust Him all the way, He will provide.

In what or where are you being stretched right now? Trust in Him, look at what He has already done for you and know that He will provide the missing piece!

Father, when it is hard to have faith, help us to push through and trust even more.

Peace, Todd