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Monday, November 2, 2015

Empty Your Heart of Worry & Make Room for God's Joy!

          Have you had your Joy Juice today?  If not…don’t worry!  There’s plenty still left in the Joy Jug!

             We have all kinds of things that we could choose to worry about: our finances, our job, our family, our health.

            In Matthew 7:25, Jesus specifically talks about worry. He begins by saying:  Therefore, I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear.”

            Jesus was teaching that worry is never necessary. Why? Because HE will supply all our needs.   Anxiety and worry negatively affect all areas of our life.  When “worry” becomes a habit, it can damage our health; we can become consumed with anxiety---allowing fearful thoughts to disrupt our life, negatively affecting our relationships and ultimately, our trust in God. 

            Sure, we have many legitimate concerns.  But there is a difference in being concerned about something and worrying about it.  Worry immobilizes; concern moves us into action.

            Let’s ask ourselves….are we fretting and feeling paralyzed with fear?  OR are we springing into action by praying and seeking God’s guidance in all situations?  When we allow Him to carry our burdens, the heaviness of stress and worry immediately lightens.   That’s when the JOY of the Lord becomes our strength! (Nehemiah 8:10)

             Empty your heart of anxiety and worry; and make room to be filled with God’s joy.

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