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Excerpts from sermon on 11/13/16, “Don’t Worry”

Robin shivering in the snow, perched on a small branchOur nation has been in upheaval because of an election that [was] riddled with contention. It proved to be unusual. It [was] an election that left many people heart broken, hurting, pained, dejected, concerned and, most of all, full of worry. There was something in the circumstances that caused their senses to be enraged and even excessively fearful. There is rage in the land.  There is suspense in the land. There is insecurity in the land. There is unpredictability in our land. What can you say when you are in the midst of upheaval and you too feel the pain of worry?

In Matthew 6:25 it was Jesus who said, “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?” Worry by its very nature is intended to be bothersome, to get our juices flowing in a negative non-productive way. But worry never offers us a solution. It just keeps us in a cycle of fear, insecurity and uncertainty. Why would God make us with a capacity to worry? How can the bible and going to church on Sundays remedy this sense of anxiety and angst? What must I do when someone doesn’t have the same sensitivity and concern for humanity as I do? The government cannot rescue you or help you. There is no need of going to stand in long lines, dealing with bureaucracy, trying to get some assistance. The assistance we need now is greater than anything this world can give. Jesus was used to people worrying because everywhere he went they wanted something from him. Some folks worry if they’ll have children. Some folks worry whether they’ll be able to pay rent or have a place to live. Jesus came to help people just like [us] who had a host of worries.

The danger of having so much worry is that it is a distraction from being who you are called to be. God never made us to worry. He made us to depend on him for every worry. And if you have him, why worry? [The past] election introduced to us again that worry is a plague on our land, whether people admit it or not. The whole world is worried. Whatever the issue is, crisis always introduces worry. [Jesus] says in verse 26, “Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” In other words, there are things all around you that God is taking care of. If you only watch how God is curing and taking care of other people just like you, maybe you can stop your worry.

Our thoughts were never designed to be worldly. The thoughts that you and I have are not the original thoughts that God had for us. Our thoughts were never to be for mamman, but all our thoughts were supposed to be on the kingdom. The world is designed to make you worry and concerned about what you don’t have compared to what someone else [does have]. You focus on you, and you miss glory. When you want to get out of a dilemma, escape what your mind is thinking about and turn your thoughts to him who can cure whatever the problem is. We put the intangible invisible kingdom out of our thoughts because it does not respond to our needs as immediately as material, natural resources do. We always dismiss God for things that we hear, see, taste with our senses; but, these are nothing more than your emotions getting the best of you. According to your character, God has been better to you than you deserve. If your thinking is so shallow that you can’t see God through the shadows, you are going to miss out and have worry in your life.

When God made Adam and Eve, they had an ideal living environment: ideal circumstances, no problems, no disappointments everything was perfected. God says of every tree in the garden you may freely eat. But of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, of God and mammon, do not eat. The devil understood the pristine nature of Adam and Eve’s thought processes. They didn’t know anybody but God. The devil knew that if he could only get in Eve’s mind, he’d have her. He enticed her with food. Why do you dismiss him and invite everyone else in your thought life? Whenever you are excessive about the immense concerns in this world, it suggests that you have eaten from that tree. It suggests that you have taken a bite from the tree of knowledge. It wasn’t good knowledge it was knowledge from evil. Anytime you partake of that tree, you will worry. [Don’t miss the forest for the trees.] Look beyond and look to Him who makes mountains and hillsides, ways out of no ways, food on your table, wakes you up every day. When you look to Him–when you decide to give up the material for the superlative–then you get closer to putting off your worration. There is a wave of change that is coming, and you need to be anchored in the ship of Zion.

Be joyful, be merry and don’t worry!

Best regards and many blessings to you and yours,

The All Nations Baptist Church Family

 

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Every year in October, the women of All Nations Baptist Church come together to celebrate femininity in the Holy Spirit and ruminate on their purpose as daughters of God. As women, we must uphold the blood stained banner of Christ, despite the many trifling distractions that seek to disrupt our relationship with God. How can a Christian woman maintain an intimate relationship with God in this modern world?

Commit
Christian women should seek to build a committed relationship with God through prayer each and every day. Commitment is characterized by dependability, consistency, and accountability. But, commitments can be hard to honor when juggling work, children, partners, and faith.

Know that your faith should never come last on your list of priorities. In Colossians 3:23-24, Paul writes to the members of the church of Colosse, who fell prey to false teachings, stating ” Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart as working for the Lord not for men, since you know that you can receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward.” All things are possible through God and all things should be done to honor His glory. No one on this earth can love you better than the Lord. God sent His Son to die for you. He loves you. He wants to save and strengthen you. How are you repaying His unconditional love? Is your commitment as enduring as His mercy?

Pray, sisters. Seek God first. Before you turn on the coffee pot or lay out your outfit for the day, ask the Lord to enter your home, your vessel, your spirit; so that you may be not only more like him, but one with him.

Sacrifice
Perfect submission is perfect delight. Sacrificial love for God guarantees that you will receive His blessings. Joyfully surrender yourself, your lifestyle and your purpose to God’s divine will. Build His kingdom. Proverbs 14:1 says, “The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.” Be a living sacrifice and choose to serve him. Choose life over death. Choose growth over destruction.

In Acts 13-16, Paul writes “On the Sabbath we went outside the city gate to the river, where we expected to find a place of prayer. We sat down and began to speak to the women who had gathered there. One of those listening was a woman named Lydia, a dealer of Purple cloth…who was a worshiper of God. The Lord opened her heart to respond to Paul’s message. When she and the members of her household were baptized, she invited us to her home.”

Lydia was a merchant, a woman of means and upward mobility. She and her family were in a position to buy everything they needed and more. But, “what does it profit a man [or woman] to gain the world and lose his soul? ” (Mark 8:36).  Lydia was convicted and she committed to God, not only for herself but for her family as well. Lydia made the righteous decision to build her house, not by adding a new wing or renovating the kitchen but by allowing God to dwell within and occupy her heart, mind and spirit.

Rejoice
Find solace in God’s grace and mercy. Find joy in trusting him.”There remains, then a Sabbath-rest for the people of God; for anyone who enter’s God’s rests from his own work, just as God did from his. Let us, then, make every effort to enter that rest, so that no one will fall by following their example of disobedience” (Hebrews 4:8). Give him all your hopes, dreams, fears, and cares. Satan is a liar. Your renewal is real; and therefore, so is God. Show Him everlasting love–pure in spirit and truth, committed and sacrificial–and be assured that His wonder working power will bless you with providential rewards forever and ever.

Be a blessing in all that you do.

Start today. Kneel down and pray.

Your sisters and keepers,
All Nations Women’s Day Ministry