Mothers for Prodigals

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Irreconcilable Differences—Worry vs. Worship

As I write this post about worshiping instead of worrying, I am worrying. I can’t even heed God’s instructions written through me. Plus I’m disobeying the Word of the Lord God Almighty—do not worry, do not fear—which is stated multiple times in the Bible. Why do I disregard the repeated Word of my Savior who loves and cares for me?

Why is this happening to me? I know the answer—I've posted it time and time again throughout this blog. I’m worried because I’m focused on my circumstances instead of Jesus. My eyes are looking everywhere but onto the Word of God. “Lord, I do believe; help my unbelief!”

Lord God, I praise you for who you are! You are the Sovereign Maker of heaven and earth, the Sinless Savior who traded your holiness for my wickedness, and the Compassionate Redeemer who covers me with undeserved grace and mercy. Forgive me, Heavenly Father, for the sins I’ve committed in thought, word, and deed. Help me to forgive others who have done the same to me! Thank you, Jesus, for saving me and providing abundant life on earth and eternal life in heaven. Your blessings are breathtaking—I need only to look around and recognize them. Holy Spirit, enable me to let go of my problems full of fear and worry and cling to your faithful promises of hope and assurance. I trust you with my life and lives of my loved ones. In Jesus’ precious name, AMEN!

It’s all there in a model for prayer—ACTS—adoration, confession, thanksgiving, supplication. Our prayers should be filled with the truth of who God is and we need to give Him thanks and praise for what He’s done for us. When we humbly bow and submit to the power of Almighty God, resisting the ways of sin and the devil, Satan will flee (James 4:7) . And we’ll be free from the chains of worry and fear. Praise God!

Problems and promises, fear and faith, worry and worship—irreconcilable differences lead to a divided heart. Yet God reconciled Himself to us through Christ Jesus, not counting our sins against us, but making a way for us to approach Him with our burdens (2 Corinthians 5:18-19, Hebrews 4:16). Therefore, be reconciled to Him, turning away from division and uniting with Him (2 Corinthians 5:20, Psalm 86:11). Receive a whole heart in Christ Jesus.

God’s promises overpower problems so praise Him in your wilderness. Faith routs fear and worship trumps worry!

“Am I a God who is near,” declares the Lord,
“And not a God far off?
“Can a man hide himself in hiding places
So I do not see him?” declares the Lord.
“Do I not fill the heavens and the earth?” declares the Lord.
Jeremiah 23:23-24 (NASB)

Though the fig tree should not blossom
And there be no fruit on the vines,
Though the yield of the olive should fail
And the fields produce no food,
Though the flock should be cut off from the fold
And there be no cattle in the stalls,
Yet I will exult in the Lord,
I will rejoice in the God of my salvation.
  Habakkuk 3:17-18 (NASB)

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.  Philippians 4:6-7 (NASB)

I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.  Jeremiah 24:7 (NASB)

I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all Your wonders.  Psalm 9:1 (NASB)

I will extol You, O Lord, for You have lifted me up, And have not let my enemies rejoice over me.  Psalm 30:1 (NASB)

I will praise the name of God with song, And magnify Him with thanksgiving.  Psalm 69:30 (NASB)

I will give thanks to You, O Lord my God, with all my heart, And will glorify Your name forever.  Psalm 86:12 (NASB)

“Praise You in this Storm” by Casting Crowns

“Bring the Rain” by MercyMe

“It Is Well Live” by Bethel Music 

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