BIBLE READING: 2 Tim 4: 19 - 22 19 Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila and those living in the household of Onesiphorus. 20 Erastus stayed at Corinth, and I left Trophimus sick at Miletus. 21 Do your best to get here before winter. Eubulus sends you greetings, and so do Pudens, Linus, Claudia, and all the brothers and sisters. 22 May the Lord be with your spirit. And may his grace be with all of you.
What does this passage mean to you? Also, this is the end of 2nd Timothy. What did you think of it?
BLOG: Last night in our Wednesday Night Life Group, we studied the parable of the Rich Fool. (We're exploring the parables of Jesus right now.)
You can read this parable in Luke 12: 13 - 21. Someone in the crowd shouts out to Jesus, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." It wasn't uncommon for people to go to a Rabbi for rulings about justice. But Jesus didn't want to have anything to do with it. Instead, he teaches that you should be on your guard at all times for the sneaky sin - covetousness. (Or, the inordinate desire often for another's possessions.)
This is followed by the parable about a rich man who built bigger barns for himself. He thought that if he acquired enough things, he could retire, relax, and enjoy the rest of his life.
Jesus called this man a fool. Because regardless of how rich he was, he missed the point of life.
Now what happens next is critical. In Luke 12:22 - 34, Jesus teaches us not to worry. That undue concern about someone or something is futile and faithless.
Then in my devotions this morning, I was reading the book Overcomer by Dr. David Jeremiah. In the chapter entitled "Overcoming Anxiety With Peace" I learned that we are to put on the "shoes of peace" (See the armor of God in Eph. 6.)
Refuse to worry. This doesn't mean that situations don't deserve their due concern, but it does mean that you will release it to God - trust Him.
Read the book of Philippians. Jeremiah's book references Amazon's Kindle tracking, "Do you know the most often highlighted verses in the entire Bible today? According to Amazon's Kindle tracking, they are Paul's words about anxiety:" Phil. 4:6–7
Pray for peace. Seek it, and you will find it. Build your relationship with Christ and discover what He can and will do in your life. Journal all the great things He has done. If you ever start worrying again, pull it out, and read it. Heb 13:5 Keep your life free from love of money and be content with what you have, for he has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."
This Friday, Betty goes to see the ortho doc. about her broken leg. She is trying not to worry about it, so pray for her that she will have peace and that she will get a good report from him.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, please help me not to worry. AMEN