Friday, December 30, 2016

Word for the day by Christian Education Forum

The Sovereign God is our refuge
1 Peter 5:6-11

Saramma Chacko
Epiphany MTC, NY

7 Cast all your anxiety on him, because he cares for you.
               Anxiety is the result of envisioning our tomorrow without God.  He who provides for birds can be trusted for His peoples' needs. God is greater than our problems. We are not alone in our pain. God is beside us and promises never to leave us nor forsake us.  He has us secured in the palm of His hand.
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving present your requests to God.   And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus"(Phil: 4:6-7).  The best defense against anxiety is staying in communion with God.  Then spend time meditating on the scriptures and focus our mind on the Lord and His promise.  When we pray there may not be any change in our circumstances but there will come a great change in our heart and mind.  God will empower us to overcome  our mountains.  We have to maintain our cool even when the storms of life hit us, trusting in God that He has us in the palm of His hands even when we are in the middle of the storm.  Whenever we get anxious we have to remind ourselves that our security rests in God alone, and He is totally trustworthy.
Nothing happens in this world that is beyond the knowledge and control of our God.  He is our strength, our hope and our peace regardless of what happens. He is greater than our anxieties and fears. Anxiety indicates that we do not think God is big enough to handle the problems.  God is beside us and promises never to leave us or forsake us.  If we fix our attention on our circumstances or in our own inadequacy, then anxiety and discouragement will follow.  However, when we focus on the Lord and His power to deliver us, we can rise to any challenge because our confidence is not in ourselves, but in His promises.

PRAYER

Father, we draw near to You, casting all our burdens and worries on You, trusting in Your care for us.  Amen.
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY:
"Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you, he will never let the righteous fall".  
Psalm 55: 22