Friday, May 16, 2014

CP 248 Faith Inc: Anxiety or Peace



CP 248 Faith Inc: Anxiety or Peace

Hello friends, Fred here, later than late. Been busy so I have taken some received material and given it some judicious editing. Faith will find it truly worth the meditation. I’ve added a couple of insights from two of my favourite ‘insight’ people’, Henri Nouwen and Walter Wangerin.   

Anxiety or Peace   - Roy Lesdsin

Anxiety murmurs that you are in a situation that is too big for God to handle.
Peace assures you that nothing is too hard for the Lord.

Anxiety assumes the worst will happen.
Peace affirms the best is yet to be.

Anxiety highlights your inadequacy.
Peace confirms that God’s grace is sufficient.

Anxiety arouses you to panic.
Peace calls you to be still.

Anxiety shows you your lack.
Peace points you to God’s supply.

Anxiety warns of difficulty, defeat and failure.
Peace trumpets Christ Jesus’ victory.

Anxiety drives you to strive.
Peace allows you to rest.

Anxiety whispers, ‘You will be carried away by the storm.’
Peace proclaims, ‘Your anchor holds.’

Anxiety swamps you in darkness.
Peace floods you with light.

Anxiety encourages you to first seek a solution.
Peace guides you to first seek the Kingdom.

Anxiety insinuates, ‘You won’t make it.’
Peace assures you, ‘The Lord will bring you through.’

‘Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap, which have neither storehouse nor barn; and God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds? And which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature? If you then are not able to do the least, why are you anxious for the rest? But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.’  Luke 12:24-26, Matthew 6:33 NKJV
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Our Father’s Generosity
The Father is a God of abundance, not a God of scarcity… The opposite of a scarcity mentality is an abundancy mentality. With an abundancy mentality we say: ‘There is enough for everyone, more than enough:  food, knowledge, love ... everything.’ With this mind-set we give away whatever we have, to whomever we meet. When we see hungry people we give them food. When we meet ignorant people we share our knowledge; when we encounter people in need of love, we offer them friendship and affection and hospitality and introduce them to our family and friends.
When we live with this mind-set, we will see the miracle that what we give away multiplies: food, knowledge, love ... everything. There will even be many leftovers. (Henri Nouwen)

The best of any man lies beyond the power of other men, either to give it or take it away.”
(Walter Wangerin Jr., Paul)

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