Bible verses to build your life on
Jesus said: “… whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man who built his house on the rock…” ~ Matthew 7:24
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How much is God in the details of our lives? Check this out, to find out!
"Give us this day our daily bread." (Matthew 6:11) *** "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life..." ~ Matthew 6:25 ~ How much is God active in the details of our lives? ~ We'll let's look deeper, shall we? :) ~
I'm coming back to this, because I think there are some really neat nuggets here that many in our country miss... and it's easy to do, right? :)
Check this out again: "Give us this day our daily bread... Therefore I say to you, do not worry ...about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 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. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble." ~ Matthew 6:25-34
Okay, I hope you just read that again afresh, as I just did :) So, tell me, how many areas of our lives did you just see listed there? I'll tell you what I say and then tell you why I believe it is important.
1) food (even daily)
2) something to drink (natural)
3) taking care of the body
5) creation around us to encourage us and to focus us on Him
7) stresses of life, today and tomorrow
Fascinating, yes? Think about those for a second. - Do you realize how much detail God is a part of each of those things? If He did not supernaturally help us find a job, so we can buy food and pay our bills - we wouldn't have it. (Now, granted, some jobs are demonic distractions and not helpful, but God still uses those to teach us to hate evil and love what is right). Also, how much do we think about the fact that God is the one who helps us find more nutritious food and vitamins and herbs? Because He does. Also, He cares more about what we wear and have to wear, than we do - that is proven by His example and explanation on the lilies. Do you realize if we ask Him, He wants to help us find clothes that glorify Him and inspire others to draw closer to Him? :) ~ He is also involved in our height, appearance, and our body's health - meaning when we find extra pains or other problems, He really is the One we should turn to first, rather than listen to the world's logic - asking Him to help us find the right (or best) solution. And, last but not least, how often do we think about how God even uses the bills and stresses of everyday life to draw us closer to Him? Well, He does.
I think we as a culture too often listen to the lies of Satan and the world around us that we are okay (in general) and how we can pull through this, 'if we just do such and such...' Have you ever thought about how that thought process excludes God from the subjects? Rather than, 'Heavenly Father (used 2 times in the passage above) I need your help in this' - we too often think 'okay, how can I solve this... oh, well, yeah, if I need help, I'll call on God...' (or) 'Dear God, please bless my plans - thanks!'
I mean no condemnation in any of this, but I wanted to hopefully emphasize some important truths from God's Word that affect our daily lives that we probably too often overlook, including me. So, let's grow in this - sound like a plan?! :) ~ One last verse to conclude - it kind of ties it all together ~ :)
"And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose." ~ Romans 8:28*** God is not passive in that passage or principle, but very active. The question is - how are we doing at listening to His voice and genuinely seeking His face and wisdom?
Till next time, praying for you ~ take care, your bro/friend, a growing servant/life-slave of Jesus, SH :)