Worry is not exclusive to non-Christians. Surprise. Will we make it through life? College? Whom will I marry? How will I pay rent? Pay taxes? Will I fail as a parent? These anxieties are common worries. You likely can name more.
Addressing Christian angst before raising a family is imperative. Why? As a Christian, anxiety is a spiritual contradiction and one’s state of mind—as our ‘flesh,’ so to speak, takes over. Forgetting to read, pray, and walk in faith, we become controlling, depressed, and angry when things don’t go our way. We become distressed with an apprehension we have trouble placing at another locale. Specifically, at the foot of the Cross.
Faith: we discern in our spirit, enlivened by the Holy Spirit, we are no longer dead in our sins. Easy. Right? Yet, Christians aren’t perfect, and often this comes as a shock at when we first believe. What just happened, did I lie? Was I that controlling? I’m a horrible Christian! Am I really a Christian?People who ask me often wonder how they can be certain Jesus Christ is the way to Heaven.
Paul in his letter to the Romans, chapter 10 verses 9-10 speaks plainly:
“If you confess with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe that in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.’ ”
Many say it easily enough, but if one’s heart remains hardened, then saving words are empty. Belief is faith, lavished upon us by God. We can’t boast because of God’s work. We haven’t seen him but believing, this is the essence of faith.
Yet, the world creeps in. We forget He said,
“Come to Me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find restfor your souls. For My yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
He speaks of the spiritual burdens the religious elite had placed on them, lording over them more laws, humiliating ordinary folks, and increasing their sadness of being isolated from God.
The disciples didn’t understand until after Christ’s death and resurrection. He opened the Old Testament Scriptures and taught disciples who still mourned His death. From the books of Genesis to Malachi.
Luke 24:13-34 recounts the story of dejected disciples traveling to Emmaus. Jesus went with them, face hidden. During this time, the disciples understood and then they saw Him.
What is this? Faith? It is the sudden epiphany of the Word of God. When their eyes were opened, what did they do? They ran back to Jerusalem and told the apostles it was true! Jesus was raised from the dead. Faith! A relationship with the living God.
Jesus, throughout the New Testament, speaks on the matter of worry. Our lifespan, clothing, housing, and food, even taxes. His explanations may seem simplistic, and Peter sums these parables and teachings. 1 Peter 12:25: “Cast all your cares upon Him, for He cares about you.”
He cares for you, and we rest in faith, aware worrying is useless. One realizes how worry impedes needed action. Fear, worry, anxiety can be paralyzing.
Take rest in the faith He has given us, rest from anxieties. Acting in a godly manner taking care of business without pulling your hair out will show in your life. Understanding faith in the face of troubles will help you raise a family. Faith brings peace, and peace, health. This attracts to you an emotionally, spiritually healthy spouse. Your children will watch, listen, and emulate what you do because kids are attentive, even when you believe they are ignoring you.
They remember everything.
When your words and actions come from indulging in His grace, mercy, and faith, your children, and your family will recall.
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