Posted for Father's Day - June 18th 2023
Matthew 6: 25-34
25 “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? 26 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? 27 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
28 “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, 29 yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 30 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?
31 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ 32 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. 33 Seek the Kingdom of God[e] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
34 “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
We just completed 21 days of prayer and fasting. Many of us had different reasons and goals for our time spent in seclusion with God. We desired to feel something new and different or maybe even to see a supernatural move of God in our own lives or someone else's. It was a time of consecration and a "forgetting of ourselves" while we cast all of our cares and wants at His feet. Well, the global time of prayer and fasting is over, and now what? What about the remaining 345 days?
Remember what I said about prayer and fasting?
"PRAYER and FASTING move the hand that controls the Universe. When a person shuts out the world for a season of prayer, fasting, and consecration, it opens the heart of God and the windows of heaven and brings the forces of God into action on your behalf. When a person begins to fast and pray, they become a channel for the Holy Ghost to flow through as a yielded vessel."
One of the greatest difficulties that we face as Christians is "looking and keeping our eyes on God." The greatest spiritual difficulty is concentrating wholeheartedly on God ALL the time. What would your life and mine look like if we could just take our eyes off ourselves, our problems, our blessings, our needs, and our wants and FOCUS our hearts, minds, and bodies on Jesus Christ? What if we could learn to "LOOK TO GOD" no matter our situation or circumstance? In Isaiah 45:22, He said, "Look to Me, and be saved...For I am God, and other is no other." So, I asked, "Are you looking to God?" Could it be that all our difficulties, our trials, and our worries about tomorrow would all vanish IF we could just look to God?
In one of his devotions, Oswald Chambers said, "The most important rule for us is to concentrate on keeping our lives open to God. Let everything else, including work, clothes, and food, be set aside. The busyness of things obscures our concentration on God. We must maintain a position of beholding Him, keeping our lives completely spiritual through and through. Let other things come and go as they will; let other people criticize us s they will; but never allow anything to obscure the life that "is hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3). Never let a hurried lifestyle disturb the relationship of abiding in Him. This is an easy thing to allow, but we must guard against it. The most difficult lesson of the Christian life is learning how to continue "beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord...." (Behold means "to see God")