2010-01-04 - The Scripture Challenge
"Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life? Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:27, 34
I must admit to befriending ones that aren't the best for me. You may have heard of them, anxiety and his alter ego worry. In Philippians 4:6, God tells us that these aren't to be part of our life. ("Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.") And yet, I let worry and anxiety influence me, usually unknowingly, which gets my focus off of the Lord. I want to change that.
Advertisers are using the practice of New Year resolutions for their financial gain. It is common to see commercials touting us to try cereal challenges and breakfast bar challenges, in an effort to drop unwanted pounds. I am devising my own, the Scripture challenge. And so can you. Here's how it works:
I am going to memorize and recite a Scripture daily, until it becomes automatic. So when a situation arises where I have to choose between worry and trust, I will have God's promise firmly planted in my mind and on my tongue.
In the past, I would tell myself that God will take care of me, but the words fell flat and were not effective, because I wasn't speaking in authority. Under the Scripture challenge, I will be able to say, for example, that Lisa does not have to be worried, because God says in Matthew 6:25-26 that He knows my needs and will provide for me.
Lord, Help me stand my ground and do what I must do to stop letting Satan get a foothold in my life. Memorizing has never been my strong suit, so please help me be armed with Your Word. Let Biblical truths be more than words on a page; may they bring peace and trust into my life. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen.