So many people today are full of stress and anxiety. The pharmaceutical industry is making a killing selling drugs to help people “manage” their stress. And that’s the best the world can offer you. The experts advise you on how to “manage” your stress and anxieties. But Jesus offers us God’s remedy for stress. If we choose to live a life of faith and trusting God we will replace our worries with faith. Not that any of us have perfectly arrived at this condition. But as we continue to embrace Christ’s teachings, I trust we will draw closer and closer to a stress-free life…

Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things? “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith? “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need. “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom. “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.” 

(Luke 12:22–34, NLT)

God help us to receive the teachings of Jesus, embrace and practice them, and be changed forever because of them.

Pastor Mike