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God's remedy for stress



'Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.' 1 Peter 5:7 NIV

Are you feeling stressed? Is your mind besieged with worries? If so, God wants to relieve your stress.

Read the following Scriptures slowly and prayerfully: 'I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed' (Psalm 57:1 NIV). 'You have been a refuge for the poor...for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm' (Isaiah 25:4 NIV). 'I am with you and will watch over you wherever you go...I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised you' (Genesis 28:15 NIV). 'The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms' (Deuteronomy 33:27 NIV). 'Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand' (Isaiah 41:10 NIV). 'Even to your old age...I will carry you; I will sustain you and I will rescue you' (Isaiah 46:4 NIV).

So here's God's prescription for stress relief: (1) Believe God truly 'cares for you.' (2) Make a conscious decision to 'cast all your anxiety on him.' If you're on overload, ask God for wisdom to change your schedule. When the problem you're facing is too big for you to handle, give it to Him - and don't take it back. Let him think his thoughts through you, and allow his peace, powe, and patience to take charge of your mind. Practice doing this at the beginning of each day, and as often as you need to throughout the day. It's God's remedy for stress!

Soulfood: 1 Chr 4:24 - 5:26, Mark 2:13-22, Ps 119:9-16, Prov 20:19-21

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Be careful whom you confide in



'Those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence.'Proverbs 11:13 NLT

If you need help with a problem in your personal life, your family or your career, keep the following things in mind:

(1) Bad news is often remembered longer than good news. Long after you have resolved the issue and moved on with your life, the wrong people will continue to focus on it and talk about it. That's why God's Word says, 'Those who are trustworthy can keep a confidence' (Proverbs 11:13 NLT). (2) Be careful who advises you. 'The thoughts of the righteous are right, but the counsels of the wicked are deceitful' (Proverbs 12:5 NKJV). Be sure you reach for the right person. There are many sources of wisdom in this world, 'but the wisdom that is from above is...pure...peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and...hypocrisy' (James 3:17 NKJV). Note the words, 'the wisdom that is from above.' Confide only in a counselor who walks according to the principles of God's Word.

(3) Make sure the person you trust isn't confiding in others you wouldn't trust. They say you can tell a man by the company he keeps. And it's true! The Bible says, 'Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly' (Psalm 1:1 NKJV). (4) 'Problem talk' can portray you as a victim instead of an overcomer. Nobody wants to back a loser. When Job lost everything, almost everybody avoided him. It was only after God doubled Job's blessings that they returned to participate in his life and bring him gifts. It's always wise to control your mouth, your thoughts, and your focus. Remember, silence can never be misquoted.

Soulfood: 1 Chr 3:1 - 4:23, Mark 2:1-12, Ps 119:1-8, Prov 20:15-18

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Shamebased thinking 2



'Do not merely listen to the word...Do what it says.' James 1:22 NIV

Shame grows in the dark, but once you expose it to the light of God's Word, it loses its grip on you. Feelings can be so fickle. And often they're triggered by everyday things like a familiar song, the mention of someone who hurt you, an anniversary, a birthday, a holiday such as Christmas or Valentine's Day. That's why James tells us, 'Do not merely listen to the Word...Do what it says' (James 1:22 NIV).Melody Beattie, a co-dependency counselor, writes: 'Shame can hold us back, hold us down, and keep us staring at our feet...Many systems and people are controlled by it and want us to play their game...Compulsive behaviours, sexually addictive behaviours, overeating, chemical abuse and addictive gambling are all shame-based behaviours...Our past experiences, and the brainwashing we may have had, put shame on us. "Don't think...don't feel...don't grow or change...don't feel alive...be ashamed!" Be done with shame! Attack it. Go to war with it. Learn to recognise and avoid it like the plague.'The Bible says, 'Who shall bring any charge against God's elect' (Romans 8:33 AMP)? Whether you committed the offense or the offense was committed against you, 'the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanses us from all sin' (1 John 1:7 NKJV). Note the word 'all.' Instead of talking about how you feel, start talking about what you know! God's Word, which is God's opinion of you, is the greatest healing force on earth. So read it, believe it, speak it and stand on it. As you do, you'll begin to rise above your shame-based thinking.

Soulfood: 1 Chr 1-2, Mark 1:35-45, Ps 78:65-72, Prov 20:11-14

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