Stress Less - Part 5

Devotion Emotion

Things you are most devoted to are things you worry about the most.

What if you shifted your devotion?

No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and be enslaved to money.  Matthew 6:24 NLT

That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?  Matthew 6:25 NLT

Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?  Matthew 6:26 NLT

Your emotions follow your devotion

Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? Matthew 6:27 NLT

And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? Matthew 6:28-30 NLT

I know God can, but I don't know if God will...

The issue of worry is an issue of trust.

So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?  Matthew 6:31 NLT

These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.  Matthew 6:32 NLT

Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. Matthew 6:33 NLT

The solution is to redirect your devotion.

May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10 NLT

Worry is like prayer in reverse - worry makes issues bigger, prayer makes issues smaller. 

So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today. Matthew 6:34 NLT

Worry is a waste of time and time = life.

Do what we can do and trust God with what we can't do.

What are you most devoted to?

This week
- make a list of all the areas of your life  
- read Matthew 6:24-34
- pray