Don’t Worry…Be Happy.

Try it.

I dare you.

Try not to worry and, instead, be happy. You will be amazed at the results.

If I have tried this a year ago, how different things might be now!

But, I have been trying it for some months and I can tell you my life is in the process of being transformed. In fact, I am happy to speak for Cas, my wife, in this too.

And really, you have no excuse not to try it, for Y’shua (Jesus), Himself, told us to adopt this approach.

“Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing?

Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?

So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as one of these.

Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?

Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’

For after all these things the Gentiles (the ungodly) seek. For you heavenly Father knows that you need all these things.

But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all of these things shall be added to you.

Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” [Matthew 6:25-34 NKJV]

Now, if you think you are exempt from following these clear instructions, then you need to think again. If you think that, somehow, today is full of more worries than back then, then you are misguided in your understanding of the power of Y’shua’s words. For, if you chose to believe them, they will come alive in your life and prove themselves to you. Believe and be saved.

I am going to let you into a secret that I know to be true. If you actually choose not to worry and allow God to work, He will. But (there is always a but!), you will have to practice. You will have to keep doing it until it becomes second nature to you. And, the moment you purpose to trust Him fully and stop worrying, you will be tested to see if your resolve has any substance. You don’t want to be tested? I understand. However, sadly, the only way to learn these things so that they are second nature to you, is to allow yourself to be tested.

If you have decided to continue reading this post then congratulations…you are making the first steps to a life of kingdom thinking!

Now, this isn’t some self-help headology. No, what I am about to tell you comes entirely out of personal experience, and it is working in our lives right now. To be honest, of the two of us, it has been me that has struggled to let go of my old way of thinking. But, once I started to let go, we saw God at work in every little thing.

Before we proceed, I want to help you change your mind set about what Y’shua is actually talking about in the passage above. Firstly, you will be surprised to hear, that the word ‘worry’ doesn’t appear anywhere in early translations of the New Testament, such as the King James Version. What appears in its place is a phrase that reads ‘give no thought to‘. Now ‘give no thought to’ goes much, much further than do not worry, because you can not worry about something but still give thought to it, agreed?

To ‘give no thought to’ something means to not let it dominate your thoughts. It means to not let in bother you at all. It means that you should be thinking about other things instead. Now, whether you decide to think about rainbows and unicorns, instead of the thing you had previously been worrying about, is entirely up to you. We have adopted a slightly different, and practical approach, to the issues that previously dominated our thinking. Things like having no money for food, gas, electricity, and all the other things that would commandeer the space we have in our minds for thinking, now have little more than a single entry in our heads.

We are, of course, free to start worrying about these things again, but then, like Peter when he attempted walking on the water, the moment we start worrying about the situation, we sink back into the despair of it all.

As I said above, we have adopted a practical approach to dealing with the issues that ordinarily would worry us. And, whilst it proved very difficult at first to stop worrying about things, now it is starting to be easier. Why? Well, besides the obvious that the more we practice things, the easier they become, we have started to see the effects and benefits.

Let me give you an example.

For some time we have been embroiled in a legal action with a company over some work carried out at Cornerstone. It has been ever so stressful and really quite depressing at times, especially when the company in question tried to force us to sell the house to pay for a bill that we felt we didn’t owe. We are talking thousands of pounds. Once we started to apply the principle of not worrying but, instead actually trusting that God can and will sort the situation out (hey! there’s a novel idea!), we felt everything change somehow.

We used an Old Testament approach that you can see often throughout the pages of Isra’el’s history. When we got a letter through from the Small Claims Court stating that this company were intending to take us to court, we stopped and prayed. We asked God to show us if He would grant us victory if we went up against the company, or whether we should concede and accept the situation, even though we knew we were right. In the second book of Samuel, we see precedent for such a question, and so we followed that.

“So David inquired of the Lord, saying “Should I go up against the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hand? ” ” [2 Samuel 5:19 NKJV]

So, we prayed basically the same and within a couple of days we were given an answer through a third party that ‘the battle belongs to God’ and that we should proceed. Therefore, we did.

Yesterday, we went to the County Court for a preliminary hearing designed to see if there is a case to answer. The judge basically told this company who claims we owe them this money that they have the burden of proof and will have to provide extensive proof within two weeks that we owe it at all. He also made it clear that if this company couldn’t prove it, that a financial award could be made to us in respect of the unfinished and unsatisfactory work at Cornerstone. Don’t Worry equals Be Happy. Of course, it is not over yet, but we will know in two weeks if they actually have enough evidence to satisfy the judge’s very high standards.

And it is that same principle that Y’shua talks of in the text from Matthew chapter six. If we stop worrying and start trusting Him and everything He says, He will not only provide for all our needs, but He will also fight our battles for us. This is the difference between thinking like the world does and thinking like God does.

Our Father in heaven loves us so much that He knows exactly what we need before we ever ask Him. We have learned that if we truly commit everything to Him, He is there ready to carry us and care for us.

Put it to the test. I promise you that it will be difficult, but if you stick with it, He will be there for you.

Don’t worry.

Be happy.

Shalom

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