Tuesday, May 8, 2018

WHAT IS, not WHAT IF

True confessions time...I am a huge WHAT IF girl. I spend way too much time thinking about things that could happen in an effort to prepare myself for the worst case scenario (often what I do when I am not sleeping at night!). I can easily start thinking about something and spiral down into a huge pit of WHAT IF.

Are you a WHAT IF-er?
Do you find yourself thinking....
  • WHAT IF...I don't get that job? 
  • WHAT IF...I lose my job?
  • WHAT IF...this relationship falls apart? 
  • WHAT IF...someone I love dies? 
  • WHAT IF...the medical diagnosis is terminal?
  • WHAT IF...this new business doesn't succeed?
God clearly calls us to focus on WHAT IS, not WHAT IF.
What IF is speculation and allows Satan to get a foothold in our hearts. Dwelling on WHAT IS- the facts laid out in the word of God- is what we are called to do. His TRUTH that is LIVING, ENDURING, and remains FOREVER.

I love the Message version of Matthew 6: 33-34 which says..."Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don't worry about missing out. You'll find all your everyday human concerns will be met. Give your entire attention to what God is doing right now, and don't get worked up about what may or may not happen tomorrow. God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes."

This is a perfect passage to remind us to focus on WHAT IS, not WHAT IF in our lives. God WILL provide what we need. Worry is needless, senseless, useless, faithless, godless, ridiculous and pointless. 1 Peter 1:25 says....But the word of the Lord endures FOREVER! My prayer today is that we are able to focus on WHAT IS, not on WHAT IF!

4 comments :

  1. Oh, Shannon...I needed this today! God bless you!

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  2. That is such a great reminder. Thanks!!

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  3. What version Bible do you have? I love the wording in yours!

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    1. It's a dual NIV and the Message Bible and I love it!

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