Everything in the Christian life centers around the heart, the very soul of man lies somewhere deep within its hidden chambers. The heart holds the key to salvation, deliverance, relationships and even death. To guard this precious treasure one must be very careful not to allow it to be wounded by the arrows of the world and the devil.
Heart attacks are one of today's leading causes of death and stress is one of the reasons they occur so frequently. Stress is actually fear and it stems from a person's lack of faith and trust in God to ultimately provide his needs. In order to walk in faith one must totally surrender his abilities and talents for self-preservation and rely on the Lord Jesus Christ, our Shepherd to give us what we need to survive.
As the Psalm states: the Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want, but most of us are not satisfied in only having food and shelter so we strive to obtain more and more until we succumb to the pressures and fears of the world and the result many times is premature death. Even sheep when they wander outside of the shepherd's care to seek out greener pastures on their own find themselves in very risky territory, sometimes even costing them their life.
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, but a good word makes it glad. Proverbs 12:13
A merry heart makes a cheerful countenance, but by sorrow of the heart the spirit is broken. Proverbs 15:13
Fear, doubt, unbelief and worry all contribute to what medical science calls depression. Depression is a leading cause of drug and alcohol abuse and many other psychological disorders that plague the heart and mind of man, which in turn can cause many other physical diseases and disorders.
Living in the fast lane, trying to keep up with the fads and trends of modern civilization can cause a mental breakdown leading to further depression. The fact of the matter is this: life is complicated and can be very hazardous to your health. With all the media blitz filling our minds 24/7 it is almost impossible to escape the lusts and cares of this life.
So whats the answer, we don't live in Jesus day and life is much more complex to deal with in our electronic i-world of apps and downloads, or is it? The answer is yes we live in the world, but the Bible says, don't be of it! In other words the Christian doesn't have to submit to what it dictates, because we live in a different realm, a spiritual one that is governed by the Lord Jesus Christ, our Master and Shepherd and the only One Who truly cares for us.
"Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things." Matthew 6:31,32
THE LOVE OF MONEY
But to those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and damnation.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. I Timothy 6:9,10
Many a man of God has strayed from the path of righteousness by chasing the almighty dollar. I personally have seen it in men that I had a great respect for and then suddenly they compromised their faith by being tempted by the pursuit of wealth.
TV evangelists enamored by millions of dollars sent in through their begging seduced them from the faith and many fell from their pedestals of success and ended up on the dunghill of failure ruined by their greed. Pride, greed and selfish ambition have swayed preachers for centuries, giving their hearts to wealth instead of pursuing the true riches of the kingdom.
Beware of allowing your heart to be tempted to lust after wealth and the promise of get rich schemes that have flooded the church with their promise of hitting the"Big One." Sadly, in most cases the "Big One" never comes and the poor unsuspecting investor loses everything. Bernie Madoff was a perfect example of the "Ponzi" scheme, promising exorbitant returns on an investment never made!
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. I Timothy 6:6-8
SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM
"But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you." Matthew 6:33
Contrary to popular belief Jesus was not a wealthy man even though He possessed all things. He was our example of kingdom living and taught us to live in this world by faith. The same means that He used to supply His needs as well as the needs of thousands that He fed, healed and delivered are available to us by believing in His Word.
The only difference between Jesus and us is He believed the Word and we don't, oh we say we do, but when it comes down to needing a great miracle, who do you trust? Do you run to the world, or do you stand and fight the good fight of faith? We don't need Jesus today in our modern world of medical science and microwave everything, and that's exactly why we don't see very many miracles, we are trusting in the world system.
In Jesus day there were only primitive home remedies for various ailments and if you had a terminal disease, you either trusted God or died. God didn't invent medical science in these last days for a bunch of people who refused to trust Him, He is still the source of our healing and provision. Jesus said, "Seek first the kingdom," not seek first the world and He was talking about obtaining those things that are needed for life.
"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." Matthew 6:34
BE ANXIOUS FOR NOTHING
"Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened." Matthew 7:7,8
Jesus gives us the keys of the kingdom in the above mentioned scripture that unlock the door of provision. Simple, yet powerful, these keys used with faith, trusting in God's promises will open to His people the very storehouse of Heaven's riches, supplying every need imaginable.
When Jesus was confronted with a need, He simply prayed, believed and received. Upon receiving news that His friend Lazarus had died, He didn't mourn the loss, He believed God and raised him from the dead. If the church of the living God will stand and believe, the Word says that nothing shall be impossible to us!
All of God's promises are for us who believe and take Him at His Word to fulfill His promises to us. We are told not to fear or be anxious for anything and that He will provide everything that is needed for life and godliness. If you are walking in fear and unbelief, shake off the enemies lies, repent of trusting in a demonically inspired world system and step out of the boat of fear and trust God with all of your heart, I promise, you won't be sorry, you will see the glory of God!
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 understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6,7
Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin