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The Dove

  • Matthew 6:25-34- Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your
    life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is
    not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of
    the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly
    Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you
    by worrying add a single hour to your life? And why do you worry about clothes?
    See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell
    you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If
    that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and
    tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of
    little faith? So do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? Or What shall we
    drink? Or What shall we wear? For the pagans run after all these things, and
    your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and
    his righteousness and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore
    do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has
    enough trouble of its own.



    The word worry shows up six times in this passage. Do you think
    Jesus is trying to get our attention about something? I see this in almost
    every book in the Bible.  You see do not worry, be strong and courageous,
    take heart, and all the other ways of saying, stop dwelling on something you
    don’t need to.  Worry is born out of fear, and fear is the absence of
    love, and God is purely love (1 John 4:8). In fact the word says, perfect love
    casts our fear (1 John 4:18).


    I sit here listening to the haunting song of the mourning dove,
    and it is beautiful. Outside there are people coming and going, getting form
    one place to another, trying to make deadlines, pay bills, make plans, and do
    all kinds of stressful things that lead to fear and worry. We are in a battle
    between love and fear. The dove outside does not care about anything other than
    making his beautiful song, it is a soothing song. We can learn a lot from the
    dove, he is a beautiful creature who is well fed, cared for, covered in
    feathers, and his primary job is to sing his song. Worry can take us away from
    the peace of Jesus, the love of God, and block us from hearing the Holy Spirit.


    No matter what our situation may look like, God loves you, He cares for you, He
    will always provide for you. If we have a choice, which we do every time, we
    must seek Jesus Christ.  We must seek the righteousness of the kingdom of
    God.  We must focus our energy and thoughts on Him, and worry will have no
    place to cling to in our hearts and minds. Make no mistake about it, this life
    and everything in it is a battle between the truth of Jesus Christ, and fear of
    lack. Lack in our lives can be symptomatic of worry and fear. When we know in
    our hearts that Jesus will show up every time, we will never let worry set in
    and take up shop.

    Jesus heals all of us through faith. If you look at all the
    healings that are in scripture, He often tells the one He heals, that their
    faith has made them well. Well, worry does not do that, He never said, your
    worry has freed you from sickness. Faith in Jesus Christ is out of the
    abundance of love. We have faith in Jesus because He loves us, and when you
    hope and have faith in that unending love, there is nothing that can break
    that. Peter, I believe had pure faith for about 20 or so seconds while he
    walked on water to Jesus. He started to sink only after he became completely
    aware of the storm, taking his eyes off of Jesus. That fear, or worry overtook
    Peter to the point of needing Jesus to bail him out of the water from drowning.
    This is my point, when we allow faith in Jesus Christ to consume us rather than
    fear, there is absolutely nothing we cannot do or see come to pass.  But
    even if we fail even for a second, Jesus is there to pull us out for another
    try. We have everything to gain by trading worry for faith, and nothing to
    lose. We must seek and see Jesus in everything we do, and when that takes place
    we have everything we need, everything we desire, and everything we could ever
    imagine and more, because we know that from this scripture. The truth is in
    this, and it is very clear that the enemy of abundance and love is worry and
    fear. Do not worry about your life, Do not worry about what to eat, do not
    worry about tomorrow. The supplier is our savior, and our needs are met through
    Him. Do not worry about what you do not have, instead focus on Jesus, sing a
    sweet song of praise to Him like the dove outside my window.




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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin Yes Sir, I can trade worry for faith!  If it's not good, it's not of God. I try to keep it simple....It was a great read, I don't need to be a spiritual martyr. Set yourself free, God want us to be joyful. Amen
July 9, 2015
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Dion Todd
Dion Todd I like this. The dove is not responsible for making the sun come up. That is not part of his job. He focuses on his part and God takes care of the rest. :)
July 9, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you, for the great message!
August 29, 2015
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Joseph Gomez
Joseph Gomez Amen!  I really needed this truth today. 
November 7, 2015