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Fretting is Futile | Today’s Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

“You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it.”Matthew 6:27 No one has to remind you of the high cost of anxiety. (But I will anyway). Worry divides the mind.  The biblical word for worry (merimnao) is a compound of two Greek words, merizo (“to divide”) and nous (“the mind”).  Anxiety splits our energy between today’s priorities and tomorrow’s problems.  Part of our mind is on the now; the rest is on the not yet.  The result…

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God’s Good Gifts | Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

“Every good action and every perfect gift is from God.”James 1:17 (NCV) Ever feel like you have nothing? Just look at the gifts [God] has given you: He has sent His angels to care for you, His Holy Spirit to dwell in you, Hischurch to encourage you, and His word to guide you…. Anytime you speak, He listens; make a request and He responds. He will never let you be tempted too much or stumble too far. Let a tear…

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Spend Time with Him | Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

C. S. Lewis wrote: “The moment you wake up each morning your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job of each morning consists in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, letting that other, stronger, larger, quieter life come flowing in.” Here’s how the psalmist began his day: “Every morning, I tell You what I need, and I wait for Your answer” (Psalm 5:3). Spend time waiting on…

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Love Like God | Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

“Though he was God, he did not demand and cling to his rights as God.” Philippians 2:6 NLT Need more patience? Drink from the patience of God (2 Peter 3:9). Is generosity an elusive virtue? Then consider how generous God has been with you (Romans 5:8). Having trouble putting up with ungrateful relatives or cranky neighbors? God puts up with you when you act the same. “He is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked”(Luke 6:35 NIV). Can’t we love…

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Worry Stoppers to Bring Peace – Christian Article

Here are eight worry-stoppers, found in the letters of the word P-E-A-C-E-F-U-L. Pray, first.  “Casting the whole of your care upon Him …” Easy, now.  “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.” Act on it.  Be a doer, not a stewer. Compile a worry list.  Keep a list of things that trouble you.  How many have turned into a reality? Evaluate your worry categories.  Pray specifically about them. Focus on today.  God meets daily needs daily. Unleash a worry…

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The Dungeon of Bitterness | Devotional by Max Lucado – Christian Article

“When you are praying, if you are angry with someone, forgive him sothat your Father in heaven will also forgive your sins.”  Mark 11:25 Bitterness is its own prison. The sides are slippery with resentment.  A floor of muddy anger stills the feet.The stench of betrayal fills the air and stings the eyes.  A cloud of self-pity blocksthe view of the tiny exit above. Step in and look at the prisoners.  Victims are chained to the walls. Victims ofbetrayal.  Victims…

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Fear Can Cause Us to Worship Safety – Christian Article

When fear shapes our lives, safety becomes our god.  We worship the risk-free life.  The fear-filled cannot love deeply because love is risky.  They cannot give to the poor because benevolence has no guarantee of return.  The fear-filled cannot dream wildly.  What if their dreams fail? No wonder Jesus wages such a war against fear.  In Matthew 8:26, “Jesus got up and gave a command to the wind and the waves, and it became completely calm.”  The sea becomes as…

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Fix Your Eyes on Jesus – Christian Article

“May He enlighten the eyes of your mind so that you can see what hope His call holds for you.” Ephesians 1:18 (NIV) What [does] it mean to be just like Jesus? The world has never known a heart so pure, a character so flawless. His spiritual hearing was so keen he never missed a heavenly whisper. His mercy so abundant he never missed a chance to forgive. No lie left his lips, no distraction marred his vision. He touched…

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