Luke – Wide Open Doors!
Luke 12 desire of your heart
Who doesn’t worry? We all can easily find something to worry about, can’t we? My dad used to joke that he was a professional at worrying…he could and would worry about your problems, too! We worry about having enough money to pay the bills, even when an unexpected expense arises. We worry about our kids, even after they have grown and left our home and responsibility. We worry about our grandchildren. We worry about the care and feeding of our possessions we have accumulated in this life. Taking care of what we already have takes a lot of time. We worry about having enough storage to take care of what we have accumulated, buying organization equipment to make it all tidy!
Luke 12 dont be anxiousWe worry, these days, about having enough time even more than money! Time is now more precious than money! That’s why many of us won’t commit right away to anything that requires dependency of our presence in volunteering or any other social engagement…until the last minute, because we haven’t decided if we have enough…time. Time is money!
Luke 12 journey of the heart
We worry about having enough time to complete all we think we must accomplish in the timeline we have created or has been created for us by our employer. Does worrying about the timeline help to accomplish it? (Short answer is no.) Worrying only creates stress and robs us of the joy of the work we say we love or have to do to make life work for us. Mm. Can I get off this treadmill that goes nowhere? (Yes.)
Maybe we are pondering the wrong questions. Maybe we need to take a look at the real desires of our hearts.
What do our hearts desire?
Who is at the center of our hearts?
Who puts the joy of life in our DNA?
Where can we find peace once more?
Can we just turn worry off by ourselves?
luke-12-how-to-get.jpgLuke 12, New Living Translation
Teaching about Money and Possessions
22 Then, turning to his disciples, Jesus said, “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food to eat or enough clothes to wear. 23 For life is more than food, and your body more than clothing. 24 Look at the ravens. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for God feeds them. And you are far more valuable to him than any birds! 25 Can all your worries add a single moment to your life? 26 And if worry can’t accomplish a little thing like that, what’s the use of worrying over bigger things?
27 “Look at the lilies and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing, yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are. 28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
29 “And don’t be concerned about what to eat and what to drink. Don’t worry about such things. 30 These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers all over the world, but your Father already knows your needs. 31 Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and he will give you everything you need.
32 “So don’t be afraid, little flock. For it gives your Father great happiness to give you the Kingdom.
33 “Sell your possessions and give to those in need. This will store up treasure for you in heaven! And the purses of heaven never get old or develop holes. Your treasure will be safe; no thief can steal it and no moth can destroy it. 34 Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
Luke 12 new heartFirst of all, Jesus says do not worry. What is worry? Worry is a verb. Worry gives way to anxiety or unease; allow one’s mind to dwell on difficulty or troubles. As a noun, it is a state of anxiety and uncertainty over actual or potential problems.
Wait, what? Read the above again. We worry and “dwell” on things that have not happened?!? We are “potential problem” worriers? Yes we are, unless we change the desires of our hearts!
Where do our thoughts wander in a day (and night)? What keeps us up at night instead of enjoying the rest we need? Well, it goes back to what the desires are of our hearts?
Luke 12 delightIf Jesus is at the center of our hearts, as we say we believe, then why aren’t we allowing His Holy Spirit to guide our hearts? There is no place for worry about anything in His Holy Spirit thinking. Jesus has washed away all sin. His Holy Spirit guides us to thinking and behaving more and more like Jesus.
That’s what we should desire above all…above all money concerns, timelines of life’s work, ministry, volunteering, and even relationships. Seek God first and let Him guide the rest of life and all that is in it. Love God first with all that is in you, realize by reading His Word the depth of His love for you BEFORE trying to love others the way Jesus loves us. Know where our help comes from because we cannot do life on our own. He knows that about us and provides all the help we need…worrying is not part of that help, only assurance!
Psalm 121
1 I look up to the mountains—
does my help come from there?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
who made heaven and earth!
3 He will not let you stumble;
the one who watches over you will not slumber.
4 Indeed, he who watches over Israel
never slumbers or sleeps.
5 The Lord himself watches over you!
The Lord stands beside you as your protective shade.
6 The sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon at night.
7 The Lord keeps you from all harm
and watches over your life.
8 The Lord keeps watch over you as you come and go,
both now and forever.
Yes, we cannot do life alone. We need God who saved us by the work of Jesus Christ, His Son. We need His gift of His Holy Spirit living in us every hour of every day to comfort, correct, challenge, protect our thinking, guide our thoughts to higher ground thinking so that we do not worry about things of this life that are very temporary.
luke-12-god-already.jpgWhat is the desire of your heart? Right now?
Are we ready lay down the worry at the feet of Jesus who is standing near, waiting for us to rise up with Him in the lead by the power of His Holy Spirit?
You will be delighted when you do, because this delights our Lord! “Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 ESV
My desire is to stop worrying as a noun and a verb in my life. How about you? The desires of our hearts to seek God first comes with a promise…“Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek his will in all you do, and he will show you which path to take.”
Yes, when my desires match the desires and will of God’s heart for me, I am guided on a path that is beyond my wildest dreams! Worry is baggage that needs to be put down and kicked to the curb. I no longer have the time or the energy to carry it.
AND not worrying will adds years to my life…a health benefit!
(Better than the Keto diet I’m on!)
So, again, what is the chief desire of your heart?
Luke 12 worry
Dear Heavenly Father, Lord and Savior,
Thank your for this lesson of truth that makes our relationship with you richer and our hearts full of joy and peace. The unexpected will come but I know and expect you to be there with us. I seek You first. I will love You first. You are God and I am not. All my hope, faith and trust is in you. Give me the desires of Your heart for me. I delight myself in you…
In Jesus Name, Amen
And I’m singing…(Overwhelmed by Big Daddy Weave)
I see the work of Your Hands
Galaxies spin in a Heavenly dance oh God
All that You are is so overwhelming
I hear the sound of Your Voice
All at once it’s a gentle and thundering noise oh God
All that You are is so overwhelming
I delight myself in You
Captivated by Your beauty
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
God, I run into Your arms
Unashamed because of mercy
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
I know the power of Your Cross
Forgiven and free forever You’ll be my God
And all that You’ve done is so overwhelming
I delight myself in You
In the Glory of Your Presence
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
And God I run into Your arms
Unashamed because of mercy
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You
You are Beautiful, You are Beautiful
Oh God, there is no one more Beautiful
You are Beautiful, God you are the most Beautiful
You are Wonderful, You are Wonderful
Oh God, there is no one more Wonderful
You are Wonderful, God You are the most Wonderful
You are Glorious, You are Glorious
Oh God, there is no one more Glorious
You are Glorious, God you are the most Glorious
I delight myself in You
In the Glory of Your Presence
I’m overwhelmed, I’m overwhelmed by You…

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Randy and Susan co founded Finding Focus Ministries in 2006. Their goal as former full time pastors, is to serve and provide spiritual encouragement and focus to those on the "front lines" of ministry. Extensive experience being on both sides of ministry, paid and volunteer, on the mission fields of other countries as well as the United States, helps them bring a different perspective to those who need it most. Need a lift? Call us 260 229 2276.
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  1. Homer Les says:

    We have found that worry is rooted in fear and fear comes from ‘self’. So basically worry is simply a symptom of a far greater problem. If we are worrying we are rooted in ‘self’ and since ‘self’ is at enmity with God when we worry we separate ourselves from Him.

    Like most we used to worry too. My base worry had to do with fear and my fear of lack was soul destroying. It was only when God took us through 12 years of poverty and 40 months of homelessness that we learned how to let go of ‘self’ and trust Him for everything, especially food, shelter and clothing. Over this time we lost our fear and now it no longer is a concern, instead we have faith in our Father.

    We have spent 2 years living in a motel room now and the group that is helping us has had their funds dry up. This means we cannot stay in this room beyond next Friday, Oct 18. Though the specter of homelessness looms large before us we have no fear or worry because we know that our God always provides for us. So no matter what happens we are in peaceful faith waiting for His next move. It is quite the contrast from our long past days of worry.

    We strongly recommend anyone who wants to kill worry should start drawing close to Jesus and obey His every direction. When we do this He will lead us on a journey where we will be able to let go of ‘self’ and build our faith on God alone. It is a great place to be.


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