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2/19/2017 ~ Faith Conquers Worry


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In darkness there is nothing grateful.
Faith is to climb over the despair of death.

The heart is alone. Loneliness can inflict the most desperate of thoughts
even while surrounded by others; we see the Robin Williams suicide.

Anchors of despair and depression plague the general public. Lack of
faith has led to a society of isolated individuals often termed as the
“Cocoon Society.” Many children across time have been, and are, lost
without direction with hope being a glimmer most foreign. The darkness of
worry can only be addressed with faith in something greater. None of us
can know for sure what is to be. Ambiguities are, by nature, the realm we
have come to be in. There is no lasting material foundation where most
focus. Without faith, freedom at best is elusive. To be free in spirit is a gift
given by God. Worry deprives the spirit of living enthusiastically as the
back of the heart rips in tears of fear. Life is said to contain a biorhythmic
series of light and darkness effects. This is not only physical but also
spiritual. To peel the mental infections afflictions ravage upon a soul, love
is the sole answer from estrangement. Wisdom given by His inspiration
teaches us how to cope developing patience of character in hope of His
coming. There is no worry where those are who truly believe. Uncertainty
has always left sorrow upon the ages of mankind of woman. Faith is
surrendering to destiny’s portal as we shed the flesh.
How often do we search for answers we can’t find?


Rising from the Fallen State
My God
Praise Him
↑      Hope in God        

Help of my countenance
↓  Disquieted within    
Cast down
My soul


Why are you cast down, O my soul? And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him, ... ~ Psalms 43:5


It is natural for a soul to come to its’ own. In being cast down to the
feelings of life, most if not all have felt the tragedies, that cause sorrow.
Everyone has a reason to worry. It is by the maturing of a soul that
enables one to, say sort of, pick up the pieces.

It is by one’s own thoughts and projections that inner help to encourage
growth forward or sinking unconcern leads to positive or negative results,
respectively. In the final analysis, one must help lift oneself for spiritual
blessings to unfold. As hope in God increases to praise for Him,
we return to the peace He intended, in the strength of being.


"Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, ..." ~ Matthew 6:25

Each of us has a mountain of life to climb.
The spirit is a gauge revealing faith or the lack of it.
What one surrenders to is what is released in living.
Does love rule over despair? Life too often seems
to send us that unwelcome spin of worry.


"... Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?"
~ Matthew 6:26-27


Without faith worry can creep in depriving the moment. Worry actually
steals the time we have. At times it is hard to allow love to rise above
the hardships. Worry complicates what is simple. Simple is the light that
shines on us. Sensing value of presence is compromised when worries
enter. He calls for us to rise in love over the worries that destroy life.
Worry deflates our flight in life.


"So why do you worry about clothing? ..." ~ Matthew 6:28-29

Nature itself reveals the glory God intends for all spouting life. To be
enveloped in His vibrant colors brings out His approaching beatitudes.
The spin on worry comes down to a choice between life or death.


"... O you of little faith? Therefore do not worry, ..." ~ Matthew 6:30-31

The material exposes what we are, and if we cling to the material
over the spirit. It is a test of God to see what we surrender to.
Worry invades one of little faith.
What we desire cooks in the heart.


"... nor have an anxious mind." ~ Luke 12:29

Many who worry forget to be thankful for what is. Disgust can blur the
blessing of just living, and the opportunities it unendingly holds. To breathe,
to know, and to love. Is what we seek as valuable from the outside or inside?
Purpose in life has a lot to do with whether one is disturbed or not.


... For your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. ..."
~ Matthew 6:32-33


At the crossroads of living and dying, it is goodness that rises
above all things. The kingdom of God is peace and joy in the Holy Spirit;
this is accepting the love Jesus has for us. To do this overcomes worry
with contentment in His saving Grace.


"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


It is a lack of faith and trust that is the root of all worry. Worry does
not permit us to love the way God wants us to. Verily, Worry does not
permit one to live where peace and joy dwells; in His light. Because God
knows worry is a trouble of all, He instructs us not to extend those troubles
beyond the day we live in. On our climb away from worry, to isolate it only
to the day is the beginning of resolving and purging its' affliction from the
way we live. He has called us to live without worry as a goal of the noble.


Things that cause us to Worry
  1. My Stuff; Money
  2. Life is Hard
  3. The Future is Uncertain  
  4. We are not in Control

The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, Whether he eats little or much; ..."
~ Ecclesiastes 5:12


We were created to work, and work well done holds such sweet calm.
A life without purpose can be lost to worry. Spiritual purpose rises
over material attachments; releasing verses clinging affects
worries. Turmoil arises when isolated material delusions,
from unfulfilled desires, embed upon an unthankful heart.
Blessed are those thankful with the love of others.


"... the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word,
and he becomes unfruitful." ~ Matthew 13:22


Where thorns flourish is in
extreme self-seeking, unconcerned for the welfare of others.
Evils of wrath and jealousy contribute to, and magnify, worry.
When the cares of the world overwhelm us, darkness falls upon the heart.


... "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one's life does not
consist in the abundance of the things he possesses." ~ Luke 12:15


What one sees as important really defines the soul.
Can one see beyond the world is another test of God. The material can
trap one in a cycle of turmoil's held in bondage by such things that fade
over time. Existence is confining if only finite aspirations indulge the heart.
Covetousness amplifies worries.


"... you are worried and troubled about many things." ~ Luke 10:40-41

Misery places pressure on a heart to worry.
To be free of worry one has to train one’s thinking to replace the
undesirable drippings with higher thoughts where the peace of His love
resides. Christ carried the sorrows of the world, and so we should let Him
help us by allowing Him to lift the back of our hearts in salvations grace.
For Jesus to carry our troubles, acceptance and surrender to Him has
much to do with trading worry for faith, in the midst of our sorrows.
Worry is commonly associated with complaining.
He calls for thankful hearts.


Many are the afflictions of the righteous, ... ~ Psalms 34:19

... Do not fret - it only causes harm. ~ Psalms 37:8

Clearly worry is the cancer of peace. God is the healing we all seek,
and by no other means can redemption be found in the lives of all men
and women. God has made a promise to deliver us, even if it is from
unwelcome or unfortunate circumstances. Misery does not justify worry.


My eye has also grown dim because of sorrow,
And all my members are like shadows. ~ Job 17:7


The LORD is near to those who have a broken heart,
And saves such as have a contrite spirit. ~ Psalms 34:18


Suffering is common to man, but in His light there is
no separation from His love. Does one’s sorrow lead to God or rather
drop to a condition of anger and or worries? Humble or arrogant?


Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth, Before the
difficult days come, And the years draw near ... ~ Ecclesiastes 12:1


It is what one has in habit that fills the coffers of the soul. In time, sorrows
come upon all. It is the more one knows of God that causes a powerful
defense from worries when sorrows avalanche. When He instructs us
to remember now, this is of the concept of praying unceasingly and
rejoicing always. Many are so connected to the world they have little godly
connection. Petitions are consumed in worries worries and lusting desires.
Time spent, and how, bears the fruit of a soul.
Sorrow is best endured without worry.


... to buffet me, lest I be exalted above measure. ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 12:7-8

Suffering is universal in the birth of all flesh. It is a safeguard tempering
the spirit that the soul might not overextend past humble realizations.


... "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect
in weakness." ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 12:9


Concepts such as grace transcend past mere temporal thoughts that
bind us in the flesh. His power is above expression. God has made us
weak on purpose that our strengths might be revealed. For the power
of Christ to rest upon one is to accept His love; this is His light yoke.
His wisdom is greater than we can know, but it is best for our
spiritual growth, even though blatantly counterintuitive.


... for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
~ 2nd Corinthians 12:10


It is in the weakness of flesh that brings on humble understandings
and deepens the heart closer to God. The real test comes in strength
while weaknesses afflicts us, through pain, misery, and desire; do we
chose to turn away from the ways commanded by the Lord or do we
further commit to the goodness He calls out for? Many professional
psychologists would claim the advice the Bible delivers is self
defeating and would cause dysfunctional personalities sadistically
welcoming tragedy. This is where the wisdom of God surpasses the
ignorance of man. Character is seasoned by the trials we rise from.
Victory is the love and dedication one has in God through Christ.


Endure for Christ's Sake
● infirmities
● reproaches
● needs
● persecutions
● distresses

The LORD also will be a refuge for the oppressed,
A refuge in times of trouble. ... ~ Psalms 9:9-10


Relying on God surely lessens the troubles that bump into us all.
No pit is deep enough that He is unable to lift us in His love, if we allow it.
Faithful hearts are also trusting ones.


... will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.
~ 1st Corinthians 10:13


Life certainly holds an upward climb with twists and turns on the staircase
to enlightenment. Key is that we don’t give up the ghost, to be clichéish,
but it is true that the strong spirit pushes forward with direction.
Ascension over descending reveals one’s hopes and direction.
Do you hope for life or death?


Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. ~ Psalms 56:3

It is purely trust in Him that enables one to overcome whatever life
throws at us. If one feeds on worry, one has not yet fully come to God.
Everyone at times has trouble enter into their life. The underlying
questions during these trials are what one cares about, and where and
what one abides in. Do you go to church or a bar? Facing reality is not the
same as escaping from it. Worry warts are escape artists. Escape to
reality where His light lifts us to the heights of heaven and beyond.
Peace is the opposite of worry and what He wills for each of us.


Worries are overcome when God is in control
Hope in God & praising Him helps a disquieted heart
Do not worry about your life
Worry does not add any value to living
Do not have an anxious mind
Seek God’s Kingdom 1st & your spirit will be settled
Not worry about tomorrow, ample is todays trouble
Cares of this world and greed render one unfruitful
Worry /troubles lead to a selfish heart of disservice
Do not fret - it only causes harm
In our weakness our strength of spirit comes out
God’s a haven in troubles if one trusts & seeks Him
God supplies an escape for unbearable troubles
Trust in God overcomes fear

Worries are overcome when God is in control.
In darkness there is the misery of nothing.

Achieving a steadfast faith purges those worries that
consume the faithless. There are many imaginary lions.
What is not should not be regarded, as illusions do hamper the
contentment that a soul can enjoy, as a natural part of living.


... Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.
But he who doubts is condemned ... ~ Romans 14:22-23


One must own one’s own faith. Worry is an interference to a healthy
productive faith. One can actually infer that worry is a sin. To overcome
the guilt of the past largely release the worries of the past, which plagues
one’s future if they remain lingering in the present. Worry can be an
unreasonable time machine locking one out of the pureness the
present holds. It is hope that returns us to innocence of spirit.
God created hope to combat sorrow, not worry.


... knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and
perseverance, character; and character, hope. ~ Romans 5:3-4


His light builds all that is great in us to realize our fullest potentials.
Hope lifts us to the heights of heaven itself. We are all in common
tribulations as it is a natural condition of sorrow. It is by the trials
of a soul that enduring strength comes, and surely it deepens
resolve for the hope of what is to come.


... knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. ... ~ James 1:2-4

There is no barrier built that can deter a faithful heart from welcoming His
love. In His love a heart opens to reach inexpressible heights and depths.
What stays is an eternal touch. In everything the Lord is doing
He is preparing us for eternal life in Him.


... he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
~ James 1:5-8


It is God that opens a heart to understand. To ask for wisdom is a
higher ideal than remaining mired in worry. Those that fall into worry may
expect salvation although unappreciative embittered thoughts block what
is simple; the lightness love delivers in peace. God is simply asking us to
love where there is no worry. Sorrow is not the same as worry. Sorrow is
a test of endurance molding character. To expect partiality from God is
not the enlightenment He wants for us, but unfulfilled expectations
can induce worry and bitterness against God.


"... Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid." ~ John 14:27

Fearless are those who have joined in His truth.

"... In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer,
I have overcome the world." ~ John 16:33


While turmoil's swirl in all directions, the peace of God is the foundation
we stand on. To be of good cheer is to know our destination is more
than the best of all that is. To overcome worry is the ultimate declaration
of faith. His sacrifice seals the word upon our hearts with His blood.
Is the sword of truth in your mind where we are healed by His stripes?
Does the blood of Jesus cut to your heart?


Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. ~ Colossians 3:2

Most of all that is exists above where we are, an insight sent by God.
Unless one’s path includes a vertical route, faith is reduced
to those things of earthly limitations.


... sorrow of the world produces death. ~ 2nd Corinthians 7:10

A Choice to Rise or Fall

Apologetic Heart

Heart of Worry


Faith overcomes no matter the obstacles any and all face, but without
regard for God, a tortuous soup stirs the gut. Either one has a heart of
worry or a spiritually apologetic one. Worry is embedded in a sinful nature
and lacks the faith to believe. Worry often coincides with a heart of anger.
One has to make a conscious effort to choose rising into the light of
repentance verses descending into the darkness of worries.


Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression,
But a good word makes it glad. ~ Proverbs 12:25


In the multitude of my anxieties within me,
Your comforts delight my soul. ~ Psalms 94:19


Truly it is one’s thoughts that control the corridors of the mind where
the heart beats. To rejoice in His word is key in keeping worry abridged.
It is the good word that draws us into faith. His word increases faith as it is
the door to Him. How many actually enter through this door? What is in
your heart drives your spirit. We may not be able to totally eradicate
worry and anxieties all the time, but it is what He asks of us as we
diligently pursue our faith in the comfort of Him.


Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me, and know my anxieties; ...
~ Psalms 139:23-24


Asking for God’s help to reveal one’s
weaknesses strengthens faith to endure higher paths in Him.
Worry discloses weakness in faith where doubt cripples the feeble.
What is magnified upon the heart is what one worships.
On the road to eternity, He is our guide.


... men always ought to pray and not lose heart, ... ~ Luke 18:1

"Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me."
~ John 14:1


Prayer is essential in divine relations where worry is replaced with bliss.
It is when we lose heart that misery is amplified and worries encroach.


... our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is
being renewed day by day. ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:16


Our light in Christ is what carries us.
The flesh can not carry the spirit onward as it is a temporary portal with
ends buried in agony. It is the soul that lifts the spirit to a higher existence.
To cling to the flesh denies the true nature of life's eternal purpose.
Without a vertical awareness, the horizontal vision keeps one blind to
this truer nature. Life is more than can be seen, across an entire lifetime,
where time limits true vision. It is what is in us that renders life or death,
faith or worries. No one can beat worry alone. It is only by the grace of
His light that worries are expunged. To be fulfilled one must let go of
the outside influences and develop that which emanates from within.


For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a
far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 4:17-18


In the angst of becoming, our lesson becomes to see that
which is larger than the self. One cannot see others if trapped
in self pity. The defeat of worry is in the beneficial upward
spiral love holds for all that embrace others as precious.
The earth is an incubator of which womb we come forth.


Worry is the Death of Life
● WORRY
      Anxiety
      Fear
      Doubt
      Human
      Reasoning
      Takes Away

 
  ● FAITH
        Strength
        Joy
        Trust
        Solves
        Problems    
        Gives


Worry is the death of life where
faith’s invigorations extend upon all possibilities. Part
of faith is being able to soberly humble oneself in the face of His truth.


Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may
exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, ... ~ 1st Peter 5:6-7


In God’s time a soul rises in spirit. All that one is comes to be in His light,
for better or worse. We are all married to that which gives us life. Life and
time is unequivocally a test to have patience in God. Better to kneel to
God now rather than shockingly upon judgement. Without casting
all cares upon Him, worry has no avenue of escape.


... who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able
to comfort those who are in any trouble, ... ~ 2nd Corinthians 1:4-5


Strengthened in misery our
comfort in Christ is by Christ

● Comforts us in all our tribulation
● Able then to comfort those in trouble
● By which we are comforted by God
● We sympathize with Christ’s sufferings
● Our consolation is through Christ

Confronted with both darkness and the light, it is our choice to choose
which path we pursue. Surrendering to the darkness rejects the ideals
of all goodness He has delivered for us to know beyond any shadow of
doubt. Fear, worry, and denial, leads to an abyss left to the unfortunate.

Many struggle for human attention in the midst of their lonely misery
where there is no consolation. Knowing we all suffer together lessens
said suffering in consolation of not being left alone. As we walk through
the darkness in life, if we see the light of God, we carry those who
come with us. God is the beacon that lights the way. Those who
are in God comfort and edify one another. When purpose
becomes for others, worries of the self evaporate.


Take heed to yourself and to the doctrine. Continue in them, for in doing this
you will save both yourself and those who hear you. ~ 1st Timothy 4:16


By pursuing the light God has delivered, others will know of one’s
purpose, whether it be magnanimous or self-serving. Evil cannot support
itself. To battle the evil of worry one must come to Him for help and
comfort. To be immersed in His light is where there is no worry.


Depart from evil and do good; Seek peace and pursue it. ~ Psalms 34:14

To find purpose gives life reason. Goals define our desires.
May those things we seek come from above turning from
the darkness that devours all below.


And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season
we shall reap if we do not lose heart. ~ Galatians 6:9


It is our climb back to His light that brings darkness clearly into view.
Challenges for all will ever increase where faith is infinitely tested. To
shine in His love is where worry has no light. Can we rise in heart to love
those who hate us, and in this is where worries traverse to sorrow, for all
mortal souls must carry sorrow on the path to eternity. When sorrow
drops to worry, this is where faith sinks. It is in sorrow that the soul
grasps those higher ideals of living through the darkness about us.


And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to which also you
were called in one body; and be thankful. ~ Colossians 3:15


Our heart is where the fire of life burns. The light from within is brighter
than any darkness that confronts us. To not trust in this inner light is to
relinquish His gift to the realms of sensuous desires diverging from true
humble faith. In the world of flesh, all walk through the darkness to find
the light. This godly light turns from the darkness most swagger in.
What we are “in” to defines who we are.

Worry actually separates one from the Holiness of God.
As heart disease cripples life, so worry infects the spirit in fruitlessness.


Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with
thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; ... ~ Philippians 4:6-7


In a more than magical way, miraculous in nature, His love lifts us higher
than ourselves. In honor of Him all is, and His blessings come bestowing
upon us all to know life over death. In God there is no worry. It is those
things important to us that either delivers or condemns us.
It really is a question of things and how we think about
or perceive them that declares our nature of spirit.


Things to meditate upon
● True
● Noble
● Just
● Pure
● Lovely
● Of Good Report
● Any Virtue
● Anything Praiseworthy


Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble,
whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, ... ~ Philippians 4:8


To neglect this eternal offering of truth is to deny the life each of us
have been given. In following His word, each of us is given the tools to
eradicate worry. The things we should be seeking are clearly defined.
If you want to eventually eliminate worry, faith in Him is
the only eternal answer.


Faith in God lifts one past all worries
Whatever is not from faith is sin; worry snubs faith
Trials yield patience honing character sealing hope
Trials test faith producing patience in love
Do not have expectations of God
In tribulations we can have the peace of God
Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression
In the multitude of anxieties, He comforts
Let not your heart be troubled believe in God/Jesus
Our eternal destination lessens temporary troubles
Humbly cast all your cares upon God
Christ carries our sufferings enabling us to help others
Depart from evil & do good; Seek peace & pursue it
Be anxious for nothing, continue to pray, be thankful

Faith in God lifts one past all worries.
Darkness has no stop signs; there is nowhere to go.


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