MATTHEW 6:28_And why take ye thought for raiment?
Jesus re-visits the clothes issue. There is something else Jesus re-visits. Do you see it? Do you see the word thought?
The tenth commandment is Thou shalt not covet. Covet is akin to lust. Thought patterns are captured. A strong desire that doesn’t let go until it is satisfied. If the truth be told, covetousness can’t be satisfied.
Once lust, or covetousness, obtains its desire – it wants more. That’s the very nature of covetousness – an insatiable desire. Luke 12:15 (KJV), “And he [Jesus] said unto them, ‘Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.’’’ There is a difference in coveting the latest brand name and just needing clothes.
Covet is also akin to envy. Envy dwells on what someone else possesses. The longer the dwell, the deeper envy works its way into the heart. Once there, envy causes conflict. Not because you’ve been done any wrong, but because the one you envy dresses like you want to – but can’t.
Galatians 5:26 (KJV), “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”
Don’t let worry thought patterns fill you with strife over clothes.
Lord Jesus, Help me trust You to provide for me what is best at this time. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ knows all my needs—He will provide
MATTHEW 6:27_can add one cubit unto his statue?
Does worry do any good at all? If so, what kind of good? Does it change anything? If you need money and worry about it night and day, will that bring you money? If you’ve lost your job and worry so much you can’t sleep, will that get you a job?
Why do you worry? Does it make you feel better? You may think so temporarily, but the truth is it makes you sick. Or maybe you feel obligated to worry. After all, you need to do something about the problem, but it is out of your hands – so you worry.
Worry requires a lot of energy. The bottom line according to Jesus is worry won’t change a single thing. It is not simple to turn off worry. Everyone struggles with worry. It is certainly something to learn to lay at the feet of Jesus.
Use your energy to praise the mighty God of the Impossible! Don’t be timid to say out loud, “God will help me!” When you’re in that prayer closet talk out loud. Let God know you believe! Show some faith! Ask God to release you from fear of the unknown. Ask Him to give you faith in His power.
If you get to the place you replace worry with praise – you are free from one less bondage.
God of My Faith, Please replace my worry with Your praise. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants my praise—I will give it to Him!
MATTHEW 6:27_Which of you by taking thought…
If you find a basic truth in the Bible – keep rehearsing it. Get the truth into your heart. The truth will eventually overpower worry. This is called meditation.
Meditation works like worry only with positive results. Rehearse the truth over and over in your heart. Seek the wisdom of the Bible and apply it to your problem. Ask God for insight, wait for it to come.
Hebrews chapter 11 (KJV) is known as the faith chapter. There is one person included in this chapter who has a very small part in the Bible, but something extraordinary happened to him, “5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.”
Enoch was translated from earth to heaven without ever dying! All that was really said about Enoch was “he pleased God.” This leads to, “6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 (KJV).
The answer to overcoming worry – faith!
God in Whom I Trust, Increase my faith that I may please You. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ wants to increase my faith—I will let Him!
MATTHEW 6:27_Which of you by taking thought…
Jesus lets you know where worry, fret, and stress begin – your thoughts.
You have a problem. Your brain creates a scenario of possibilities. What if this happens? Or even worse, what if that happens? And what if the very thing I want the most doesn’t happen at all? Your thoughts rehearse the scenario over and over imagining an abundance of possibilities, none of which are currently reality – and may never become so.
Taking thought allows the brain to fill the heart with stress. Proverbs 4:23 (KJV), “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.” God wants your heart to issue life, not stress which brings an abundance of health problems. If envy consumes your thoughts … Proverbs 14:30 (KJV), “A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.”
God doesn’t want thought patterns to damage your heart, which in turn damage health. God wants things like John 14:1 (KJV) to rule thoughts, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me [Jesus].”
Those what ifs trouble your heart. God wants hearts free to not only believe in Him, but on Him.
God of My Heart, Help me not allow my thoughts to trouble my heart. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ does not want my heart troubled—He helps me!
MATTHEW 6:25_Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink…
That’s a rather strange way for Jesus to begin a new teaching. If you don’t take thought for your life, who will? Maybe parents. If you don’t have earthly parents, surely by now you are convinced your Heavenly Father takes thought of you. You are never out of His mind or heart.
Psalm 139:1-3 (KJV),“O lord, Thou hast searched me, and known me. 2 Thou knowest my downsitting and mine uprising, thou understandest my thought afar off. 3 Thou compassest my path and my lying down, and art acquainted with all my ways.”
You are always on God’s mind. He knows everything that happens in your life. There’s more to this Psalm, “17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! how great is the sum of them! 18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: when I awake, I am still with thee.” God constantly takes thought of your life.
This is not about whether you eat your spinach, or drink your kefir. This is about worry. And being released from it.
Think that’s easier said than done?
Good Shepherd, Thank You for thinking of my needs every day. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ keeps me in His thoughts—He knows my needs!