“Five hundred years ago, Michel de Montaigne said: “My life has been filled with terrible misfortune; most of which never happened.” Now there’s a study that proves it. This study looked into how many of our imagined calamities never materialize. In this study, subjects were asked to write down their worries over an extended period of time and then identify which of their imagined misfortunes did not actually happen. Lo and behold, it turns out that 85 percent of what subjects worried about never happened, and with the 15 percent that did happen, 79 percent of subjects discovered either they could handle the difficulty better than expected, or the difficulty taught them a lesson worth learning. This means that 97 percent of what you worry over is not much more than a fearful mind punishing you with exaggerations and misperceptions.
…Worry is no joke. The stress it generates causes serious problems. The stress hormones that worry dumps into your brain have been linked to shrinking brain mass, lowering your IQ, being prone to heart disease, cancer and premature aging, predicting (the cause of) martial problems, family dysfunction and clinical depression, and making seniors more likely to develop dementia and Alzheimer’s.”
– Don Joesph Goewey, Huffington Post
The Kingdom is made up of people!
We are to seek first the Kingdom. First means: coming before all others in time, order, or importance. This is a “kingdomtude,” an attitude of the Kingdom. Or a mindset, outlook…
Concern, anxiousness, or worry over earthy things is a sin! Why?
The enemy of our souls is out to counteract our growth, to destroy our zeal for discovery, to weaken our hunger for change, he wants us to focus on the things of this world and not on Jesus and His Kingdom. The enemy of our souls will (and has) attacked each of us, doing his best to get us to focus on worldly priorities. For me, it has been problems within the Movement of the Church of God, things that I need to take care of, and those priorities outside of the Kingdom that draw my time, energy, and resources. FOR YOU?
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:6-7
Entrance into the Kingdom:
Jesus said: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.” – Mark 1:15
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God. – John 3:3
Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. – John 3:5
It is easy for us to take something and make it an idol… to place it before Christ and His Kingdom.
On growing my little kingdom where my priorities are first, my agenda is primary, and my will is done!
Last week we looked at 2 Peter 3 in that passage of Scripture the Holy Spirit tells of the destruction of this world in fire at the coming of our Lord and Savior. Even our works, the things we do, will be judged by fire 1 Corinthians 3:13-15 tells us, “each one’s work will become manifest, for the Day will disclose it, because it will be revealed by fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each one has done. If the work that anyone has built on the foundation survives, he will receive a reward. If anyone’s work is burned up, he will suffer loss…”
Why do we concern ourselves with fuel, with that which will be consumed, and turned to ash?
Things – stuff , objects, belongings – that are going to burn up and be gone?
And what about the time we spend on things, activities, or entertainment?
What is it you are investing your life into, your time, energy, and resources? Is what you are investing in going to count for a hill of beans at the coming of Christ? Or will it burn like stubble in the field?
“He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son” – Colossians 1:13
And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people. – Matthew 4:23
- What is the Kingdom of God to you?
- Where is the Kingdom of God?
- Which are you more concerned with: The Kingdom of God or your own kingdom?
- How do you become a part of the Kingdom?