Beggar hand with coinOver the past weeks and months, I have been praying earnestly for you—asking the Lord to guide you, and provide for all your many needs. While in the midst of seeking His face, I felt impressed to offer you the one thing I know you need: encouragement. Yet somehow, “Hang in there, it’s going to be okay,” and “Don’t worry, you’ll get through this,” and “Have faith—all things are possible with God” just don’t seem to suffice. Instead, I feel compelled to be somewhat more substantive in my exhortation, and bring you a heartening, yet challenging word.

Maybe it’s just me, but it seems as if we members of the Body are as concerned with worldly things as those who are of the world. We’re rocked by an unexpected turn of events; we worry about our health, wealth and happiness. Some of us feed that anxiety by obsessively following the daily news; some of us put our heads in the sand and pretend that everything is going along just fine. But what most of us often forget—or only acknowledge intellectually without action based in faith—is that what is happening around us really doesn’t matter… what matters is whether or not we are living for Yeshua. Whether we are being forcefully evicted from our homes, or rushing our deathly ill child to the hospital, or buying a morsel of food with the very last dollar in our pocket, we have a choice. Do we become caught up in the moment and react out of fear, or do we face reality with a conviction of spirit and a heart fortified toward God?

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