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Many times in life we are overcome by worries. There are so many things to worry about.
Jesus talked about this to His followers. He said that “the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in” and make our lives unfruitful.
One thing that helps me overcome worry is to remind myself who my Heavenly Father is and how He takes care of His children.
A favorite hymn of mine is “Great is Thy Faithfulness.” Listen to the words of this great hymn:
Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father;
There is no shadow of turning with Thee;
Thou changest not, Thy compassions, they fail not;
As Thou hast been, Thou forever will be.
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Great is Thy faithfulness!
Morning by morning new mercies I see.
All I have needed Thy hand hath provided;
Great is Thy faithfulness, Lord, unto me!
God, our Heavenly Father, is faithful. He has been faithful. He will always be faithful because He loves us.
He has shown His love toward us through His Son. Our Heavenly Father has redeemed us by the blood of the Lamb.
When I follow Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord, I become a child of God.
He gives us the right to be adopted into His family by grace. We are born again into His family.
And because we are in God’s family, He is now our Heavenly Father.
The Lord God tells us in Scripture, “I will live with you and walk among you, and I will be your God, and you will be my people.” “I will be a Father to you, and you will be my sons and daughters.” 2 Cor 6:16-18
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ.” Eph 1:3
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” James 1:17
“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him.” 1 John 3:1
“The Lord knows those who are His.” 2 Tim 2:19
Our Heavenly Father takes care of His family. Our Heavenly Father protects His family. Our Heavenly Father provides for His Family. Our Heavenly Father is faithful and shows favor to His people.
“The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.” 1 Thess 5:24
“His love reaches to the heavens, His faithfulness reaches to the skies.” Psalm 36:5
“His faithfulness continues through all generations.” Psalm 119:90
Our Heavenly Father has made a provision for our sins, why would He not continue to provide for us?
We can trust in our Heavenly Father because He is faithful to His people.
So why is it that we worry?
Why do we as children of God not experience peace?
Why is it that we are filled with doubts and with worries each day?
Let’s look at a passage together where the Lord Jesus instructed His followers not to worry. Look at Matthew 6:25-34
Jesus had gathered his disciples around to teach them about their Heavenly Father and how to live their life on this earth.
In this Sermon on the Mount, Jesus referred to “God the Father” many times.
He wanted his followers to know what it meant to be a child of the Heavenly Father.
Read Matt 6:25-34
What does this passage tell us about being a child of the Heavenly Father?
1. First, if I am a child of the Heavenly Father I do not need to worry.
Jesus said it another way. He told the disciples, “Do not let your hearts be troubled.” John 14
Paul wrote to the Philippians, “Do not be anxious about anything.” Phil 4:6-7.
What do we do if we are troubled? Jesus told us to “Trust in God, trust also in Me.” Trusting our heavenly Father takes away the troubles of our heart. We must watch over our heart with care. The best way to watch over our heart is to trust God.
Also, if we are anxious we should pray to our Heavenly Father. We can cast all of our cares on Him because He cares for us. When we pray to our Father, His peace guards our hearts and our minds in Christ Jesus. Only He can take our worries away. We must trust Him, we must pray to Him.
Remember that your life is short. The Bible tells us it is a vapor, it is short. We are encouraged not to waste our life by worrying.
You cannot add to your life by worrying.
2. If I am a child of the Heavenly Father, He will feed me and clothe me.
The Bible tells us “the eyes of all look to You, and You give them their food at the proper time.” Psalm 145:15
The Lord gives us the food we need for our bodies, but also the food for our Spirit. He gives us His Word to feed us spiritually.
The Lord clothes us and covers us with His Righteousness.
The Lord feeds us and He clothes us, so do not worry.
Read the accounts of George Mueller and John Haggai.
3. If I am a child of the Heavenly Father, He knows what my needs are.
The old song said, Nobody knows the trouble I’ve seen, nobody knows my sorrow.
Jesus reminded us that our Heavenly Father knows. He knows our needs and our troubles.
Scripture tells us that “God knows our hearts.” Luke 16:15
Psalm 139 tells us, “Lord you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit down and when I rise up. You know my thoughts. You know my ways Lord God. You know the words I say before I say them. You know the days of my life and they are written in your book.”
Isaiah said the “God tends His flock like a shepherd.” The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want.
“The Lord gives strength to the weary, He increases the power of the weak.”
“When we hope in the Lord, our strength is renewed.”
We have both physical and spiritual needs.
They are both important, but sometimes we neglect our spiritual needs to focus more on our physical needs.
Some of us spend more time working out, rather than working in.
Example: runners on Sunday morning
4. If I am a child of the Heavenly Father, I must learn to go to Him first when I have needs.
The Bible says that the Lord is near to all who call on Him. Psalm 145:18
Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need. Heb 4:16
We are told to “come near to God, and He will come near to you.” James 4:8
He never leaves us nor forsakes us.
Learn to go to our Heavenly Father first with our needs and cares.
Jesus encouraged the disciples to pray, “Our Father who art in Heaven.” He said that our Father knows what we need before we ask Him.
I am thankful for my Heavenly Father who feeds me, who clothes me, who takes care of me, and knows all of my needs.
Are you part of God’s family today?
If not, you can be.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me.”
Are you having doubts today, are you worried about your life? Come to Jesus and come to the Father.
The Bible says if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.
Come to Jesus today and become part of God’s family.
- My Father’s Love (jacquelynwoolard.com)
- Count on God’s Promises, Even When It Doesn’t Make Sense (chronicillnesspaindevotionals.wordpress.com)
- See God As A Good Father (indescribableagnes.wordpress.com)