Monday, July 16, 2018

Pastor's Ponderings, July 16, 2018

Let Us Give Our Cares to a Caring God

On Monday, July 16, 2018, President Trump and President Putin are scheduled to talk in Helsinki, Finland.  The world awaits this discussion with trepidation since their decisions can affect many lives.  Perhaps they will agree to peace in our time; perhaps they will leave in anger and the world may have to prepare for World War III.  Those who love the Lord do not have to be as concerned about this momentous event because we are citizens of another kingdom (Hebrews 13:14) and our hearts and minds are on Christ (Colossians 3:1-2). 

The Bible says we are not to be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6). God controls all of the world leaders (Proverbs 21:1).  Not only that, He holds everything with His word (Colossians 1:16-17).  Our responsibility is to pray for all of those who are in authority since our prayers are effective (James 5:16).  

When we hear people are stressing out about what is going to happen, we can assure them that nothing can happen without God’s permission.  Laurie London had a song entitled; “He's Got the Whole World in His Hand.” He holds the babies, you, everyone and me under his loving concern.  So let us cast all of our concerns, cares, and worry upon Him because He cares for us (1 Peter 5:7).

Hebrews 13:14
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14 For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.

Colossians 3:1-2
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Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 
Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.

Philippians 4:6
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Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Proverbs 21:1
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In the Lord’s hand the king’s heart is a stream of water that he channels toward all who please him

Colossians 1:16-17
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16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 
17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

James 5:16
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16 Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.

1 Peter 5:7
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Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

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