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Dear Family of our Lord Jesus Christ,

 

 

 

Good Morning, thanks for coming by for a CUP!

 

 

 

My buddy Ras says…………

 

 

 

June 6, 2013. Are you praying? Are you praying in secret? Flesh and humanity cry out for attention. Your Father desires for you to find a secret place and there to pray. Pray while driving. Pray literally in your closet. Pray as you are walking or running. There is a reward laid up for you when you pray as instructed by Jesus. Don’t let what is holy become common. In the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper experience, refer to the elements respectfully. The words “cup” and “bread” are appropriate. “Crackers” and “juice” are not. Pray holy prayers.
Matthew 6:6 (NASB) “But you, when you pray, go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.”  Ras Robinson

 

 

 

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Amen and Amen!
I was once called a worry wart, and that hurt! I worried so much it would consume me. Billy Graham said, “Jesus used the carefree attitude of the birds to underscore the fact that worrying is unnatural. I am learning in my own life, day by day, to keep my mind centered on Christ.”
Amen! I am also learning day by day…….I am counseling many these days, this has been a week where I am swamped, the phone rings day and night. If I worry, it saps my strength in Jesus to focus on the needs of others.
Worry and fear are sins, they take us away from the face of God.
The closer I get to God, the less I worry….Buffy and Reno are good for me to watch! We can learn so much from our animals and the birds!!! PRAISE GOD!
Billy also says know your Bible, by knowing the Word of God it decreases worry, that is the best prescription! AMEN!
Know the 3,500 promises God makes to us! Or at least many of them!
The World is consumed with worry……….
Billy also said this, “Man has always been beset by worry, and the pressures of modern day life have aggravated the problem…..Many….are filled with a thousand anxieties. Bring them to Jesus Christ by faith. He will bring peace to your soul and your mind.”
Amen, Jesus is our Doctor!
My Dear friend Sonja Haldeman shares this devotional from Girlfriends in God……….
You Really Don’t Have to Worry
Mary Southerland
Today’s Truth
Never worry about anything. But in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks (Philippians 4:6, GW).
Friend to Friend
History tells us that some Indian tribes tortured and killed their enemies by staking them to the ground. They then took a wet leather strap and placed it around the neck of their enemy. As the leather strap slowly dried in the blazing desert sun, it would gradually cut off the air supply until their enemy finally choked to death. Worry does the same thing. “Worry” literally means “to be pulled in different directions.” The old English root from which we get our word “worry” means “to strangle.” Worry literally strangles our peace and weakens our faith.
Worry is a control issue.
Worry is wasted energy.
Worry is consuming and unhealthy.
Worry is a joy thief.
Worry is the interest that we pay today on tomorrow’s problems.
Worry is practicing atheism.
Worry makes everything seem bigger than it really is.
When we choose to trust God, we are choosing against worry. In Isaiah 26:3, Isaiah voices a powerful prayer of faith that should be our prayer as well. “You, Lord, give true peace. You give peace to those who depend on you. You give peace to those who trust you.” It is simple. God rewards our trust with His peace.
I saw a bumper sticker that read “Worry is the darkroom in which negatives are developed.”  How true! I can only imagine what it does to the heart of God to see His children caught in the trap of negative attitudes when His plan is a peaceful mind-set. We will never live in freedom and power until we consistently choose against worry and deliberately choose to trust God alone.
It is possible not to worry. It must be. God never asks us to do anything that He doesn’t empower us to do. The problem is that we like to play God in our lives. Playing God is the root of worry. When we take life into our own hands, worry will always be the result. The apostle Paul certainly had plenty of reasons to worry. He was in jail, facing a trial and an almost certain execution. Paul’s health was failing rapidly and the churches he had spent his whole life building were struggling to survive. Yet, Paul refused to worry and lived a life marked by peace. We can, too.
Paul gives us the formula for eliminating worry and establishing peace when he writes “in every situation let God know what you need in prayers and requests while giving thanks.” In this verse, “prayers” are thoughts spoken to God while “requests” are specific needs presented to God. In other words, if it is big enough to concern us, it is big enough to concern God. Then why do we get serious about prayer only as a last resort instead of making prayer our first response? We have forgotten that aside from God’s power, we are helpless and lost. Peace comes while we are on our knees before Him in prayerful dependence. Paul reminds us that we are to pray about everything. Prayer should be a habit instead of a last-ditch effort.
Notice that Paul says if we want to experience peace, we must give thanks while we are praying, the perfect picture of praying in faith. To pray in faith is to believe that God not only can answer or will answer prayer, but that He is answering even as we pray.
The story is told of a small town in west Texas that was experiencing a severe drought. One Sunday morning, a pastor in that town announced there would be a prayer meeting that night and encouraged every member to meet at the church to pray for rain. The pastor challenged them to come in faith, believing that God would hear and answer their prayer. That night, the church was filled with every leader of the church and community. The preacher stood, looked out over the crowd and said “Only one of you has come in faith.” He then pointed to a little girl seated in the front row. She was holding an umbrella. Faith eliminates worry and feeds peace.
Let’s Pray
Father, I come to You today with a sense of helplessness. I am desperate for You, Lord. I need Your strength and power to sustain me because everything seems to be falling apart. I want to be a woman of faith and stand strong when trouble bombards my life but I cannot do it alone. I am afraid and seem to worry about everything. Today, I turn to You and celebrate the truth that You will turn to me and be my refuge.
In Jesus’ name,
Amen.
Now It’s Your Turn
Look back over your life. When did God take something bad and bring good out of it? Describe that experience. Remember the truth that God is the same yesterday, today and forever and what He did in your past … He can do today and tomorrow. He is faithful – even when we are faithless.
Read and memorize Psalm 59:16. Choose to sing a new song of praise – no matter what happens today. Record this verse on an index card and keep it with you. When fear and doubt come, meet them with this powerful promise from
Thanks for sending this Devotional in Sonja! God Bless you and yours!
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