I think it’s so interesting how when I’m in the middle of Bible studies or looking at certain things in the the Word, God brings it all together! Things that I wouldn’t have thought would support each other… but God combines them to give me a better understanding.
This weekend I caught up on a sermon series from my old church about the issues in our lives. The pastor discussed how entering into a relationship with Jesus through surrender is talked about as being the end of troubles, how having a Christian community takes away the pain of the world. Obviously that’s not true! He went through different examples of God’s people that suffered or went through trials to stress how important it is to know that following God in this life is not easy, but oh so worth it.
He went on to talk about issues people struggle with and how to deal with them. I’m not going to recap the whole thing, but something really stuck out to me. The pastor said that when we focus on these “giants” in our lives, like addiction, anxiety, fear, whatever, we are worshipping them instead of God. He went on to say that worship is the antidote to fear. When we worship God through faith, we are more content with trusting Him instead of living in fear.
Yesterday and today, in my quiet time, so many truths of God popped out at me to grab onto. This passage hit me the hardest, 1 Timothy 6:6-11; pursuing the things listed leads to a lifestyle of worship. Meditating on that today.
1 Timothy 6:6-11
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
Fight the Good Fight of Faith
But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.