22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, "
That is why I tell you don't worry about everyday life;
whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear.
23 For life is more than food,
and your body more than clothing.
at the ravens.
They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns,
God feeds them.
And you are far more valuable to him than any birds!
25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
26 And if worry can't accomplish a little thing like that, what's the use of worrying over bigger things?
at the lilies and how they grow.
They don't work or make their
yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as
28 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? (dan note: because we don't trust Him!)
29 "And don't be concerned about what to eat and what to drink.
Don't worry about such things.
30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world,
but your Father already knows your needs.
31 Seek first the Kingdom of God above all else,
and He will give you everything else.
(dan note: Verse 31 is a TOWERING verse - read it again - I know it's true, because I'm living it right now!)
32 "So don't be afraid, little flock.
For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.
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
Your treasure will be safe;
no thief can steal it
and no moth can
34 Wherever your treasure is,
there the desires of your heart will also be.
I think Jesus could have stopped at "don't worry about everyday life".
He said it all when He said that.
And I wanted to share these verses too, but they say a lot about where I am personally these day.
The words that stuck out for me today were "never give up".
I need to hear that these days.
2 Corinthians 4
since God in his mercy has given us this new ministry, we never give up.
now have this light shining in our hearts,
but we ourselves are like
fragile clay jars containing this great treasure.
This makes it clear
that our great power is from God, not from ourselves.
8 We are pressed on every side by troubles,
but we are not crushed.
We are perplexed,
but we don't give up & quit.
9 We are hunted down,
but never abandoned by God.
We get knocked down,
but we get up again & keep going.
suffering, our bodies continue to share in the death of Jesus so that
the life of Jesus may also be seen in our bodies.
16 That is why we never give up.
Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day.
our present troubles are small and won't last very long.
produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!
we don't look at the troubles we can see now;
rather, we fix our gaze
on things that cannot be seen.
For the things we see now will soon be
but the things we cannot see will last forever.