Be Not Anxious

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Bible Verses

Luke 12:22 And He said to His disciples, Therefore I say to you, Do not be anxious for your life, what you should eat; nor for your body, what you should put on; (23) For the life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. (24) Consider the ravens. They neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn; yet God nourishes them. How much more valuable are you than the birds! (29) And you, do not seek what you shall eat and what you shall drink, and do not be unsettled. (30) For all these things the Gentiles of the world are anxiously seeking, but your Father knows that you need these things. (31) However, seek His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you.

Consider this:

Beginning in  [Luke 12]  verse 22, the Lord charged the disciples not to be anxious concerning their life. Since our Father in heaven takes care of us, there is no need for us to be anxious about food or clothing. Instead of being anxious, we should have faith in our heavenly Father.

In 12:31 the Lord says, "However, seek His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you." We should seek God's kingdom, which is actually the New Testament jubilee. If we are seeking the jubilee, the Father will give us food and clothing. He will add these things to us. The Lord says that our Father delights to give us the kingdom (v. 32). Certainly He will never forget our need. The Lord clearly says, "Your Father knows that you need these things" (v. 30). We are here for the jubilee, the kingdom, and since the Father delights to give us the kingdom, certainly He will take care of our material needs. Therefore, we do not need to worry or have anxiety.

Some of you may have the thought of serving the Lord full time. If you have the inclination deep within to serve the Lord full time, I encourage you to do it. Get out of the "boat" of your job, jump into the water, and see if you will "drown." My experience was that after I left the boat, the Lord did not let me drown. We all need to be rescued from the anxiety of life. There is no need for us to be anxious about food and clothing. The meeting of these needs depends on God's faithfulness. He is faithful, and we should look to Him for what we need.

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The Hypocrisy of Religions

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Bible Verses

Luke 12:1 ...He began to say to His disciples first, Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Matt 23:27 Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you resemble white-washed graves, which outwardly appear beautiful but inwardly are full of dead men's bones and all uncleanness. (28) So you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inwardly you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

Consider this:

In 12:1 the Lord gave a warning concerning religious hypocrisy. Actually, all religions lead to hypocrisy. Nowhere is hypocrisy more prevailing than in religion. Religion is a field, a realm, for hypocrisy to prevail. Consider the hypocrisy in the Jewish religion when the Lord Jesus was on earth. What hypocrisy there was among the Pharisees, scribes, and lawyers! In Matthew 23 the Lord pronounced woes upon them for their hypocrisy.

In 12:1 we see that the religious hypocrisy of the Pharisees was equal to leaven. In the New Testament leaven signifies the element of corruption. The Pharisees were false and practiced falsehood to the uttermost. Their falsehood became a hypocrisy that was the leaven, the element of corruption, in the Jewish religion. All of the Lord's disciples were Jews. Since they all came out of a Jewish source, they had a deep appreciation of the Jewish religion and a high regard for the Pharisees. They thought that the Pharisees were those with a high morality. Therefore, He said to the disciples, "Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy."

In 12:2-12 the Lord went on to tell His disciples that the hypocrisy of religion would eventually lead to the persecution of His sincere and honest followers. Religious hypocrisy always becomes a source of persecution to the genuine followers of Jesus. As those who would be in the New Testament jubilee today, we need to beware of the hypocrisy in religion, for this hypocrisy will become a source of persecution. As the genuine followers of the Lord are enjoying the jubilee, they will be opposed by the hypocritical ones in the hypocritical religion. This opposition will develop into persecution, a persecution of the genuine followers of the Lord Jesus who are experiencing the New Testament jubilee.

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Satisfied with Christ

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John 4:14 But whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall by no means thirst forever; but the water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water gushing up into eternal life.

Consider this:

In John 4 the Lord told the Samaritan woman about the living water. By this she realized that no one on earth can find satisfaction without the living water. Everyone who drinks of the water from the well will thirst again. No matter how many times man drinks of that water he will thirst again; he is never satisfied. Only by drinking the Lord's water will we not thirst again, because there is a spring that will flow out of us and satisfy us continuously. Only this inner satisfaction can give us true satisfaction.

The Samaritan woman had been married five times. She married one man after another; she had changed her husband five times, yet she was still not satisfied. Even the man who was with her at that time was not her husband. She, undoubtedly, was not a satisfied person. But the Lord had the living water that could satisfy her. When the Lord showed her who He was, and when she had Him, she left her waterpot and went away into the city, saying, "Come, see a man who told me all that I have done. Is this not the Christ?" (John 4:29). Her first reaction was to testify to others. What did she testify? She testified Christ. She testified to others, saying, "Is this not the Christ?" The moment she saw the Lord, she opened her mouth to invite others to find out whether He was the Christ. As a result of the woman's word, many believed in the Lord.

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