• Bishop Keith Butler

Quit Stressing

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof. (Matthew 6:31-34)

May I be blunt? Stop stressing. Just stop. That may sound like a brash statement to someone going through difficulties in life, but you can do it.

It’s easy to allow needs and cares to take center stage in our minds. What are we going to do for provision? What are we going to do about the stock market? Will our savings disappear? The Bible says that people who have no relationship with God are always thinking about those things.

Don't worry. That doesn't mean that you don't plan, but don't worry. I have a savings account, but it's not there in case “the devil makes us poor.” My savings account is a way for me to do what God wants me to do immediately. I teach people to have 3 - 6 months of money saved in the bank. That's not out of fear. It’s so you can be ready to do whatever God put on your heart to do.

Instead of being fearful, we are to take a different approach and seek first the Kingdom of God. When we focus on being prepared to do what the Kingdom needs, then God will take care of the rest.

Practical Application – What is God putting on your heart to do to help increase the Kingdom? Is He telling you to give a certain amount? To serve in a specific way? To help someone in need? Follow through with what God has put on your heart to do with full faith.

Psalm 37:1; Psalm 37:8



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